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

– One reference needed. (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:

Development Intern:

Seeking undergraduate and graduate students or recent graduates interested in nonprofit management for our summer Internship program.

Job Description

This internship will provide valuable insight and exposure to the philanthropic processes of a major non-profit 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 to include tracking development activity, adding supporting documents to client records, development and maintenance of grant calendar, assistance in gathering 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, and event invitations.

Strong computer, communication, and 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.

Education Intern:

Seeking upper-level undergraduate and graduate students majoring in arts education, education, museum studies, nonprofit management, or arts administration.

Do you enjoy engaging audiences with creative experiences? Are you good at telling stories? Do you love art? Then intern with Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach to gain experience in providing and evaluating learning opportunities for schools and communities!

Our education interns will work on one of two special projects: an evaluation study and summative presentation of arts education programs or the creation of a teachers’ resource for upcoming exhibitions and field trip opportunities. Education interns will also be able to cater additional projects of their choosing to subjects that pertain to their degree or personal interests.

Evaluation Project:

  • Compile and organize evaluation data for educational programs into comprehensive spreadsheets and graphs.
  • Create innovative reports that clearly represent the data and tell a story of what each program has to offer.
  • Finalize findings in summative visuals to be used by various departments.

Educator Resource Project: 

  • Research upcoming matinees at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and exhibitions at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).
  • Compile findings into succinct resource materials for internal staff.
  • Create teacher resources to be placed online for teachers to use before a field trip and in the classroom.

Strong time management, communication, organizational, and research skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of Arizona Department of Education Standards a plus.


NOTE: This is an unpaid internship.


SMoCA Curatorial Research Intern:

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

Job Description

Learn from the curatorial staff to implement daily duties, including general exhibition support and research, assisting with exhibition final reports, and file organization. Opportunities will be presented to shadow staff and to potentially help with exhibition installation, registrar duties, and programming as needs arise. This position will:

  • 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 preferred. Experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, databases, Adobe Photoshop, and scanning

Demonstrated prior responsibility for and consistent follow-through with 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.