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

Museum Exhibitions/Registration Intern

Internship Description:

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) Exhibitions/Registration Intern will assist in the installation and maintenance of the museum exhibitions and care of the permanent collection under the supervision of the Exhibitions Manager and Registrar.

Internship Functions:

-Assist in the installation of museum exhibitions. Main duties will include gallery preparations, painting, basic construction, packing, handling and installing fine art.

-Maintenance of the exhibitions and specific works of art while on view, supervised by the Exhibitions Manager.

-Assist in the maintenance of the permanent collection.

-Head up collection related projects, including updating files, artist research, fine art images and records, supervised by the Registrar.


Major in Studio Art, Museum Studies, Art History and related fields

Ability to lift 60 lbs. Some experience with power tools and hand tools, must be comfortable working on your feet and at elevated heights when required and possess aptitude for quick learning, problem solving, and teamwork.

Experience with databases, Excel and Photoshop preferred.

Other Information:

Intern’s availability must be flexible with possible hours 7 days a week. Exhibitions Manager and Registrar will set the schedule.

Apply here!

Note: This is an unpaid internship

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Museum Curatorial Intern

Internship Description:

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) Curatorial Intern will assist the Curatorial department with upcoming exhibition research, support curatorial department with exhibition archive, final reports, digitizing exhibition press, updating curatorial contacts and mailing list, and assist with exhibition related programs.

Internship Functions:

-File recent exhibitions into archive.

-Update exhibition history document.

-Work with assistant curator on exhibition final reports.

-Scan and archive exhibition press to prepare for final reports.

-Update curatorial contacts in mailing list document.

-Assist Curator of Programming with exhibition related programs.


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

Strong writing, organizational and research skills. Familiar with Contemporary Art.

Apply here!

Note: This is an unpaid internship

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