Port of Seattle seeks Aviation Art Intern

Some of what you’ll be doing:

 This internship position will research, develop, and provide the initial collection management and scope of work for future exhibits in addition to coordinating special projects, and assisting in organizing exhibits.  This intern will work closely with the SEA Art Program Technician, and with External Relations on publicity and setting up events around exhibits. Some of your duties include:

  • Work with the Sr. Manager, Art Program and Program Coordinator to become familiar with the artworks that the Port has and understand the overarching Port Art Program and its mission and purpose within the Port of Seattle.
  • A major project will be helping coordinate the public art program and working with IT and our web content controllers on reformatting the SEA Public Art website.
  • Work with Art Technician/Handler on actual installation of exhibits.  This will also involve working with and getting input from several organizations within the Port, such as but not limited to External Relations, Commission Office, Maintenance, and Operations.
  • Prepare documents such as presentations to selection panels, the public arts and culture board, requests for proposals, budget requests, and justifications for the works as needed.
  • Collect, preserve, and prepare exhibit records to allow easy access to information on exhibits.  We have records going back 40 years of doing exhibits at the Airport and, if time permits, would prepare a report on how these records should be maintained.  Some of these records are not in digital form and it would be beneficial to have a digital representation of past exhibits.
Who you are:


  • An Undergraduate Student – You must be currently enrolled in an undergrad degree program, or a recent graduate (< 1 year ago) in a degree or certificate program such as Studio Art, Art History, Museology, or a related field.
  • Committed to Equity – You will apply equity and exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices in all aspects of the work.  At the Port of Seattle, equity is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all Port employees.
  • Effective Communicator – You possess effective communication and writing skills, as well as strong analytical, problem solving and conceptual skills.
  • Technology – You are proficient with the MS Office suite of applications including PowerPoint, Excel and SharePoint as well as proficiency with Photoshop and Adobe programs.
  • Organized – You must have strong organizational and time-management skills, along with excellent technical writing skills to clearly capture identified requirements. You’re able to work on several projects at one time, gather technical and non-technical information from many sources with many levels of complexity and condense into requirements.
  • Collaborator – You’re able to comfortably and collaboratively work with a diverse group of people at all organizational levels and have strong people/team skills.
  • Analysis – You’re able to analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems, translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Proactive – You’re able to establish long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them, as well as take initiative and be responsible for getting work done with limited supervision.
  • Desired – We hope you have knowledge of artist recordkeeping concepts and requirements.

What else you need to know: 

  • Work Schedule – This is a part-time (up to 20 hours per week) position during the school year with a possible extension to a full-time (40 hours per week) position in the summer.  Normal work hours will be scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Work Environment – This is a hybrid work environment with flexibility to allow for in-office and teleworking.
  • Limited Duration – This is a limited duration position and is expected to last no longer than one year.
  • Safety Requirements – You will be required to comply with all work rules, safety, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements.
  • Security Requirements – As the successful candidate, you must pass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check as well as a criminal history background check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Your employment will be contingent upon obtaining a Port of Seattle ID badge upon clearance.
  • Washington State Residency Requirement – Employees must establish a residence in Washington state within 30 days of their first day of employment and must maintain a residence in Washington State during their employment with the Port of Seattle.  If a position is eligible to telework, work performed while teleworking must be performed in Washington State.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement – Effective, November 15, 2021, the Port of Seattle will require that at the time of hire, and as a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be able to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination status, as part of the hiring process. This is a condition of employment for all positions at the Port of Seattle. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Prior to employment, candidates may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

Why you’ll love it here: 

  • Getting to Work – From subsidized parking and a low-cost public transit card to alternative work arrangements giving you an opportunity to work from home.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – The Port of Seattle values diversity as a source of innovation and strength. We are actively working across the organization to create a culture where all employees – regardless of race, gender, and other identities – succeed and reach their fullest potential.
  • Work-Life Balance – We provide the resources to help you create habits to be healthy and balanced.
  • Mission Driven – We are focused together in promoting economic opportunities and quality of life in the region by advancing trade, travel, commerce, and job creation in an equitable, accountable, and environmentally responsible manner.

Why the Port of Seattle:Every role at the Port of Seattle is vital to our thriving community. We are a leader in moving people and cargo across the country and around the world. With facilities and property ranging in scope from a half-acre park to one of the largest airports and container terminals on the West Coast, we maximize the public assets in our portfolio with an eye toward best uses and environmental sustainability. Find out more here.

Our vision is to create a Port that mirrors – throughout its breadth of operations and services and within its leadership – the diversity of our communities, instill principles of equity into its culture, and ensures a fair and intentional distribution of opportunities to expand economic develop and quality of life for all in our region. Find out more about how our values RAISE us up and our commitment to equity.

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