Internships at Scottsdale Arts

The Scottsdale Arts Internship Program is designed to inspire and elevate the next generation of leaders in the arts and nonprofit fields. Scottsdale Arts is offering paid internships for students from local and national colleges and universities with the goal of providing an in-depth view of Scottsdale Arts: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art, and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation. Interns will have the opportunity to experience how a multidisciplinary nonprofit arts organization operates and gain experience in arts leadership through a 140–160 hour per semester program, which provides fundamental workplace skills as well as specialized training in specific disciplines.  

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, and 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. Review the list of internships offered. (Note: The following list of openings are indicative of the kinds of internships available; however, internships offered each semester are based upon the organization’s need.) Please clearly state your area of interest in your application.
  2. Please provide:
    1. Resume.
    2. Cover letter describing your interest in your preferred internship position.
  3. Completed online application found HERE.


Late applicants will not be considered.

FALL Internships (August – December)

  • Applications Open: May
  • Application Deadline: July

SPRING Internships (January – May)

  • Applications Open: November
  • Application Deadline: December

SUMMER Internships (June – August/September)

  • Applications Open: March
  • Application Deadline: April

Internships Available

Scottsdale Arts Finance and Data Science Internship
Summer 2022

Scottsdale Arts is seeking an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate who is interested in non-profit management, public administration, arts administration, accounting, or data science.

Job Description:

This intern will have the opportunity to work directly under our chief financial officer to assist with regenerating historical Scottsdale Arts income statements. This intern will be able to lead a research project on finding published studies that show the personal and public benefits of art and artistic expression. The output of this research will be useful information about customers, fundraising, branding, and marketing to present to our CEO, Board of Trustees, donors, and staff.

This internship will allow an intern to:

  1. Learn and use accounting software for one of the largest arts non-profit organization in the state.
  2. Work directly with the CFO to generate past and monthly income statements and analysis of ticket sales.
  3. Research scholarly sources in relation to the arts.
  4. Create and manage spreadsheets of pertinent findings.

Ideal candidates: 

Have an interest in accounting or data science/management. Possess Excel knowledge. Interest in completing longer projects and/or possessing previous research experience; preferred but not required.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Dance Programming Internship
Summer 2022

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in dance, arts administration, performing arts management, non-profit management, performance studies, or event management for the 2022 Summer Internship.

Job Description:

This internship position will be largely project oriented, focused on dance initiatives within the programming department at the Center. They will work with the senior programming coordinator to support research and development, administrative duties, community advisors, and collaborative projects. This intern will support public engagement opportunities along with opportunities for on-site program management.

This internship will allow an intern to:

  1. Support administration for co-presented dance festival.
  2. Assist and attend local dance advisor meetings.
  3. Organize details around upcoming season plans.
  4. Research and compile potential community partners.

Ideal candidates: 

Have strong communication skills. Work well collaboratively. Possess knowledge or interest in dance. Event management experience and/or availability in June and July; preferred but not required.

Scottsdale Public Art Collections Internship
Summer 2022

Scottsdale Public Art is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in photography, museum studies, public art, art, art history, or arts administration for the 2022 Summer Internship.

Job Description:

This intern will work directly with our collections and preparator team to photograph Public Art’s nearly 300-piece collection, located at the city of Scottsdale’s properties. This intern will work with our curator to track registrarial information for each piece, working with our embARK collections database system (similar to TMS).

This internship will allow you to:

  1. Interact with the city of Scottsdale employees to retrieve the artwork to photograph in Scottsdale Arts storage.
  2. Edit and color correct photographs for publication on our website.
  3. Write condition reports for each piece of artwork.
  4. Archive each piece of artwork into embARK.

Ideal candidates: 

Have knowledge in digital photography, editing, and lighting. Own a digital camera. Possess the ability to work individually and in a team setting. Must be respectful of city staff while in facilities. Owning your own lighting equipment; preferred but not required.

Scottsdale Public Art Programming Internship
Summer 2022

Scottsdale Public Art is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in studio/fine arts, public art, art, art history, or arts administration for the 2022 Summer Internship.

Job Description:

This intern will manage the Canal Convergence 2022 Open Call for Augmented Reality Artworks from start to finish. The intern will assist with contracting and creating timelines and deliverables for each project.

This internship will allow you to:

  1. Write and create an open call on and follow-up with marketing processes to promote the call.
  2. Become the point person for questions from artists about the call, and schedule “office hour” times between the public art manager and artists to have direct meetings.
  3. Organize submissions and run internal selection panel with Scottsdale Public Art staff.
  4. Notify artists of results, provide feedback to artists as needed, and work with selected artists to develop final proposal and contract.

While this project-based internship is focused in on augmented reality, it will teach the basic skills of creating an open call, running a panel, and corresponding with working artists. The intern will also be able to learn about reviewing budgets, working with site specific open calls, and more.

Ideal candidates: 

Have basic Microsoft Office programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Possess strong writing skills. Basic knowledge of augmented reality technology and; preferred but not required.

Beginning Spring 2021, all internships will be paid $12.80 per hour with a maximum of 160 hours per semester.

Scottsdale Arts requires all staff to be fully vaccinated prior to their start date. We do have exemptions for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs that would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if we can accommodate. 

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