Internships @SMoCA

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) offers challenging and comprehensive internships for undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students who are interested in museum and arts careers. SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions of contemporary and modern art, architecture and design with a global focus. SMoCA’s internships are on a volunteer basis and can be coordinated with staff to aid in receiving academic credit.

The practical experience of an internship provides invaluable knowledge for those who wish to pursue a career in museums and the arts. Past SMoCA interns have been accepted into their first choice Master’s and Ph.D. programs (NYU, Columbia, Johns Hopkins), started their own arts businesses and have been hired as teachers. Many interns have gone on to intern at other museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An internship at SMoCA provides opportunities to work on projects directed by museum staff and obtain a comprehensive knowledge of the museum practice (departments, programs and operations).

At Scottsdale Arts we recognize the lack of diversity among young leadership within the arts sector. Scottsdale Arts is dedicated to changing this and has designed this internship platform with diversity and access in mind. We believe strongly that the work around inequality and inequity in the arts and in our community can begin from within our organization. We are looking to bridge the gap to a more inclusive, equitable, and transparent culture within the arts sector and the broader community we serve. Strong consideration will be given to BIPOC applicants for this program, and we specifically encourage young arts leaders from diverse communities to apply.  

The Scottsdale Arts Internship Program will offer paid on-the-job training and experience working in nonprofit arts management, while offering students an opportunity to foster, develop, and grow their skills to become future arts leaders.  


How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application found here.
  2. Please clearly state your area of interest in your application.
    • Note: Internships offered are based upon the Museum’s need.
  3. Please provide:
    • Resume
    • Two references (one academic and one professional—contact information only; no letters)
    • Cover letter describing your interest in your preferred internship position.



Fall Internships (AugustDecember)

  • Applications Open: June

Spring Internships (JanuaryMay)

  • Applications Open: November

Summer Internships (JuneAugust/September)

  • Applications Open: April


Internships Available

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

SMoCA is seeking a graduate, recent graduate, or upper-level undergraduate student majoring in Museum Studies, Art History, or related field for the fall semester 2021. 

Primary duties will be support for the museum curatorial team including: general exhibition support and research, assisting with archival material, and file maintenance/organization. Opportunities will be presented to shadow staff, attend meetings, and develop proposed and approved projects that best fit our interns preferred learning goals and objectives. Opportunities to help with exhibition installation, registrar duties, and/or museum programs will be made available as the need arises.  

1. Work directly with curatorial and museum staff on specified projects.  

2. Gather resources, material, and imagery as indicated by curatorial staff. Displaying an ability to summarize and present findings in writing succinctly and professionally. 

3. Work directly with the curatorial staff on research and writing for upcoming exhibitions and/or publications.  

4. Evaluate and update the curatorial archive for the museum and/or assist with museum program needs.  

5. Assist with museum programmatic needs.  

Strong verbal and written communication, as well as organizational skills are required. Demonstrated prior experience in scholarly writing. Previous experience in responsibility for and consistent follow-through of a long-term project. Accurate researching and organizations skills are essential. Experience with MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel desired. 

Beginning spring 2021, all internships will be paid $12.15 per hour with a maximum of 160 hours per semester.  


Please email any questions and applications to Cassandra Buruato, internship coordinator at