Scottsdale Arts offers challenging and comprehensive internships for undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students who are interested in gaining experience in the arts and business/arts administration fields. Scottsdale Arts is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that is vested with the responsibility of administering and developing the arts within the city of Scottsdale. Our internships are on a volunteer basis and can be coordinated with staff to aid in receiving academic credit.

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:

– Resume

– Cover letter describing your interest in your preferred internship position.

  1. Complete the online application found here.

FALL Internships (August-December)

Applications Open: mid-July

Application Deadline: August 25

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:


Development Fall Internship

Seeking students or recent graduates interested in nonprofit management.

Job Description

This internship will provide valuable insight and exposure to the philanthropic processes of a major nonprofit arts organization. The intern will work closely with all members of the development team to acquire a rich understanding of fundraising strategies.

  • Assist in donor research using database and other sources for in-depth prospecting of individual, corporate, and foundational entities.
  • Support in implementation of data management projects that include working with both physical and digital archives.
  • Assist with maintaining, updating, and expanding Tessitura CRM database such as tracking development activity and adding supporting documents to client records.
  • Development and maintenance of grant calendar; help gather program data to produce grant reports.
  • Work with membership/donor acquisition and retention initiatives including processing direct mail appeals and stewardship communications. Special event and meeting preparation and execution including development of materials such as hand-outs, name tags, event invitations.
  • Strong computer, communication, organizational skills. Must possess the ability to work independently and problem solve. Ability to maintain data integrity and safe keeping of confidential information. Interest in nonprofit philanthropy. Database experience highly suggested but not required.

Note: This is an unpaid internship.


Curatorial Research Fall Internship

Seeking graduate, recent graduate, or upper-level undergraduate student majoring in museum studies, art history, or related field.

Job Description

Learn from the curatorial team to implement daily duties, which include general exhibition support and research, assisting with exhibition final reports, and file organization. Opportunities will be presented to shadow staff, help with exhibition installation, registrar duties, and programming, as the need arises.

  • Work directly with curatorial and Museum staff on specified projects for upcoming exhibitions/programming.
  • Gather sources and imagery, have the ability to summarize and present findings to a curator in writing.
  • Support the curatorial staff via researching for an exhibition (possibly publications), evaluating and updating curatorial archive for the Museum and/or assisting with programming needs.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Experience with MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, databases, Photoshop, and scanning.
  • Demonstrated prior responsibility for and consistent follow-through over a long-term project.
  • Some hours may be done at the Museum or off-campus while researching. Accurate researching and organizational skills will be beneficial.

Note: This is an unpaid internship.


Marketing Fall Internship

Seeking upper-level undergraduate or graduate student majoring in communication, marketing, computer science — digital societies, data analytics, or business analysis. Seeking an intern who is interested in using patron engagement data to help report on the effectiveness of social campaigns.

Job Description

  • Analysis of targeted social media campaigns designed to engage patrons attending Canal Convergence and performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Create engagement level tests and report on the effectiveness of different models of social media engagement.
  • Work in Sprout Social to track and report on patron engagement across pre-defined hashtags and post threads.
  • Generate a report on effectiveness based on metrics defined by the marketing director.
  • Uses reporting data to propose post model by channel that align best with patron engagement. Based on findings, build test formats using model data to test effectiveness of the proposed model on the live feed.
  • Monitor and report on the effectiveness of each model.
  • Data analysis, content development, knowledge of branded A/B market testing. Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Experience in social analytics, Google Analytics, analysis, reporting and/or Sprout Social highly suggested.

Note: This is an unpaid internship.


Theatre Production Management Fall Internship

Seeking graduate or undergraduate student majoring in theatre, theatre production and/or arts management.

Job Description

Learn the daily operations of a production department functioning in a presenting organization. Learn to properly advance a show—includes guest artists production schedules, technical needs, and acquisition of any backline and/or other equipment needed for production. Learn how to translate all of this information into effective communication to the production departments for proper execution of shows.

  • The internship will begin with the basic education of normal operations of the production department, including various paperwork.
  • Intern will shadow various departments on shows to gather real world knowledge of how each department performs their duties. Mainly shadowing the production manager on how to communicate with artists and crew to create advance.
  • Intern will be assigned shows to advance on their own and produce all proper paperwork and oversee the production through to completion.
  • Intern will identify a semester long project to conceptualize, plan/budget, and execute. This is a hands-on guided learning experience on how venue improvement is done from a nonprofit perspective.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, basic Microsoft Office knowledge, a passion for the performing arts, a passion for management, and knowledge of one or more technical department preferred.

Note: This is an unpaid internship.