A museum visitor enjoys the wall created by artist Dan Perjovschi for the 2007 exhibition "Seriously Funny"

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. Review the list of internships SMoCA offers. (Note: The following list of openings are indicative of the kinds of internships available; however, internships offered each semester are based upon the Museum’s need.) Please clearly state your area of interest in your application.
  2. Please provide:
  • – Resume
  • – Two references (one academic and one professional—contact information only; no letters, please)
  • – Cover letter describing your interest in your preferred internship position.
  1. Complete the online application found here.


FALL Internships (August-December)

Applications Open: mid-May

Application Deadline: August 30


SPRING Internships (January-May)

Applications Open: mid-October

Application Deadline: November 30


SUMMER Internships (June-August/September)

Applications Open: mid-March

Application Deadline: April 30

(NOTE: Late applicants will not be considered.)

Internships Available

SMoCA Curatorial Intern

Internship Description:

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) Curatorial Intern will assist the Curatorial department on research projects by creating lists and spreadsheets, updating institutional mailing lists and ongoing file organization of exhibition materials.

Internship Functions:

  • Publication exchange
  • Curatorial research
  • Docent assistance
  • Curatorial final reports
  • Curatorial mailing list maintenance
  • Curatorial archive files


Upper Level Undergraduate/Graduate Student majoring in Art History or Museum Studies

Strong Excel skills, good communication skills, and social media experience.

*Note: This is an unpaid internship


SMoCA Exhibitions/Registration Intern

Internship Description:

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) Exhibitions/Registration Intern will learn about the installation and maintenance of museum exhibitions and permanent collections through hands-on experience in art handling, gallery preparation, collections care and maintenance.

Internship Functions:

  • Assist in the installation of three museum exhibitions from May 13-June 8. Main duties will include gallery preparation, painting, basic construction, packing, handling and installing fine art.
  • Maintenance of current exhibition installations will be part of the ongoing summer schedule, all under the supervision of the Exhibitions Manager and Registrar.
  • Assist in the inventory and care of the permanent collection, main duties include data entry, collection file organization, and art handling under the supervision of the Exhibitions Manager and Registrar.


Upper Level Undergraduate/Graduate Student majoring in Studio Arts, Museum Studies, Exhibition Design, Library Sciences, or any other related field.

Schedule availability from May 13 -June 8 during the museum installation period is required. Other hours will be set by the Registrar and Exhibitions Manager throughout the summer.

Experience in gallery installation encouraged.

Ability to lift 60 lbs and work at elevated heights is a plus, as well as basic experience with power tools and carpentry. Most importantly possessing an aptitude for quick learning, team work, and a genuine interest and passion for working in a museum environment.

*Note: This is an unpaid internship


Development Intern

Internship Description:

The Scottsdale Arts Development Intern will assist the Development department in gathering research on foundations, donors, and corporations as directed.

Internship Functions:

  • Pull relevant data on foundations, donors and corporations from lists provided in Excel format.
  • Using additional tools – pull data from Wealth Engine that shows discovery of donor prospects.
  • Prepare share reports for Development Staff.


Graduate Student majoring in Philanthropy, Communications, Museum Studies, Business, or Marketing.

Strong database and Excel skills. Disciplined and demonstrates ability to work with proprietary/confidential information.

*Note: This is an unpaid internship


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