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).


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

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is seeking an upper-level undergraduate or graduate student for our Summer 2021 Registration/Exhibitions internship. They will assist the Museum’s registrar with caring for the permanent collection and work on upcoming exhibitions under the supervision of the registrar and the exhibitions manager.

Internship functions:

• Support the registrar with collection-related projects, such as documenting the permanent collection, inventorying and cataloging objects, and managing the database (EmbARK).

• Assist the registrar with exhibitions at the Museum and traveling exhibitions, including work on incoming and outgoing loans, condition reporting, and other special projects.

• Assist in the maintenance of Museum exhibitions and objects in the permanent collection.


• Major in art history, studio art, museum studies, or related fields.

• Aptitude for quick learning, problem solving, and teamwork.

• Experience with databases, Excel, and Photoshop preferred.

Other Information:

Intern’s availability can be flexible, with possible hours seven days a week. Exhibitions manager and registrar will set the schedule.

Learning & Innovation

Scottsdale Arts is seeking an upper-level undergraduate or graduate student majoring in education, arts education, museum studies, nonprofit management, art, art history, or arts administration for our Summer Internship. This internship is designed for someone with an interest in engaging the public with the arts.

Working with the Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation branch within a multidisciplinary arts organization will provide you with real-life experiences into the research of, community engagement for, education strategies for, and administration of programming for diverse audiences through public, performing, and visual arts. This position will lend an important voice to Learning & Innovation’s initiatives and will result in the implementation of one of the below projects.

Duties may include research, creation of lesson plans or education guides, attendance at in-person and online meetings, collaboration within departments, or other areas of interest and experience.

Depending on experience and area of interest, the intern may complete one of the following initiatives:

  • Research, develop, and design a pre-and post-visit teacher guide for student matinees at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Develop a lesson plan that connects to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s (SMoCA) permanent collection.
  • Support the research, planning, and design of the Innovation Zone at Canal Convergence, a Scottsdale Public Art 10-day event.
  • Organize, design, and implement an online resources page for the Learning & Innovation website.

Learning & Innovation is also open to cater projects that pertain to the intern’s degree or personal interests.

Strong time management, communication, organizational, and research skills required. Proficiency with Microsoft SharePoint suite preferred. Spanish language skills, knowledge of Arizona Department of Education, and experience creating lesson plans a plus.

Intern’s availability can be flexible with hours possible seven days a week. The director of Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation will set the schedule.


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