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.  

Through the Scottsdale Arts Internship Program, interns will build critical thinking, communication, collaboration, leadership, and a strong work ethic. Interns will have the opportunity to cultivate their skills as they learn from accomplished professionals across the multiple branches of Scottsdale Arts (see below). Interns will work in meaningful positions in the different branches, including curatorial research, performing arts, marketing, development, fundraising, and special events. 

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 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.

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