Seattle Art Museum connects art to life. SAM strives for its employees, volunteers, and interns to reflect the community in which it exists. We want to develop careers for individuals interested in the arts who bring dynamic backgrounds and perspectives to this paid internship program. While diversity can embody many characteristics, we are particularly interested in engaging with historically under-represented groups in the museum field.
This interdisciplinary position is designed to provide emerging arts leaders from diverse backgrounds with an in-depth understanding of SAM’s operations, programming and audiences. This internship will develop the skill set of the emerging arts leader while also providing them the opportunity to contribute their unique insights and perspectives.
Two home departments will be chosen based on the interns’ professional or academic experience and career objectives. During the 10 week program, the emerging arts leader will work across these departments to complete a project, develop a community engagement program inspired by SAM’s special exhibitions and permanent collection, and deliver a portfolio presentation that reflects the multidisciplinary work developed throughout the course of the Internship.
This departmental internship will focus on caring for SAM’s collections, with points of focus on the new installation of SAM’s American galleries, outdoor sculpture conservation at Olympic Sculpture Park, and additional project work on other parts of the collection, as needed. During this 10-week program, the intern will gain hands-on experience with preventive conservation, and the examination, documentation, and care of works of art.
This internship will provide the candidate with a better understanding of professional conservation work and may prepare the intern for a future career in curation, collections management, or graduate study in conservation. The intern will have the opportunity to develop their skill set under the supervision of a staff conservator and will learn more about SAM’s operations and programs through enrichment sessions, job shadowing with frontline staff, and creation of a short tour, presentation, or gallery talk relevant to their work.