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 (SMoCA) 

SMoCA is seeking a graduate, recent graduate, or upper-level undergraduate student majoring in museum studies, art history, or related field for the fall semester 2021. 

Job Description 

Primary duties will be support for the Museum curatorial team including general exhibition support and research, assisting with archival material, and file maintenance/organization. Opportunities will be presented to shadow staff, attend meetings, and develop proposed and approved projects that best fit our interns’ preferred learning goals and objectives. Opportunities to help with exhibition installation, registrarial duties, and/or Museum programs will be made available as the need arises.  

  1. Work directly with curatorial and Museum staff on specified projects.  
  2. Gather resources, material, and imagery as indicated by curatorial staff—displaying an ability to summarize and present findings in writing succinctly and professionally. 
  3. Work directly with the curatorial staff on research and writing for upcoming exhibitions and/or publications.  
  4. Evaluate and update the curatorial archive for the Museum and/or assist with Museum program needs.  
  5. Assist with Museum programmatic needs. 

Strong verbal and written communication, as well as organizational skills, are required. Demonstrated prior experience in scholarly writing. Previous experience in responsibility for and consistent follow-through of a long-term project. Accurate researching and organizations skills are essential. Experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel desired. 

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 

The Center is seeking an associate, undergraduate, or graduate student majoring in theatre, arts management, communications, theatre production, business, project management, or events management.  

Job Description  

Research and develop plan for structure of the Center’s Broadway Fan Club, designed to support growth and development of the Center’s Broadway audiences.  

  1. Evaluate the Center’s current Broadway audience. 
  2. Research Valley theatre audiences and their knowledge of Broadway artists. 
  3. Evaluate potential for collaborative marketing efforts with area theaters. 
  4. Investigate other potential sources for Broadway audiences. 
  5. Work with managing director, Marketing & Communications, and Patron Services to structure program. 

Excellent communication and research skills. Knowledge of social media marketing. Knowledge of Broadway and Broadway artists helpful but not required.  

Scottsdale Arts 

Scottsdale Arts Development is seeking an associate, undergraduate, or graduate student who is interested in nonprofit fundraising (development), management, public affairs, communications, marketing, advertising, public relations, project management, or events management. 

Job Description 

This internship will provide valuable insight and exposure to the philanthropic processes of the largest arts nonprofit in the state. The Development intern will work closely with all members of the Development team to plan and execute events, create social media and digital content for fundraising campaigns and donor recognition, gain introductory knowledge of Tessitura CRM, and participate in membership/donor acquisition and analysis, grant writing, and retention initiatives, including processing direct mail appeals and stewardship communications. 

Additional responsibilities may include: 

  • Assist in donor research using database and other sources for in-depth prospecting of individual, corporate, and foundational entities.  
  • Assist with gift acknowledgement, donor recognition, and outreach activities. 
  • Assist with and create digital donation campaigns, including drafting email correspondence, social media posts, and blog posts. 
  • Assist with the renewals of membership and support membership events and activities. 
  • Research and prepare reports for individual and corporate sponsorships/grant applications. 
  • Analyze date from past fundraising campaigns and membership. 
  • Support coordination of Scottsdale Arts Development events, including the annual gala, donor outreach events, corporate partner events, etc. 

Ideal candidates possess strong computer, communications, and organizational skills; is a self-starter, quick learner, and enthusiastic personality; has the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and problem solve, with a keen eye for detail; has the ability to maintain data integrity and safekeeping of confidential information; and has an interest in nonprofit philanthropy. Database experience highly suggested but not required. 


  • Opportunity to earn university school credit. 
  • Yearlong ONE Membership at Scottsdale Arts. This includes unlimited admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and access to complementary tickets to shows at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 
  • Training in a professional, multi-department office environment at the beautiful Scottsdale Civic Center in Old Town Scottsdale. 

Reports to: director of development

Scottsdale Arts Finance and Administration 

Scottsdale Arts Finance and Administration is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in nonprofit 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 nonprofit organizations in the state.  
  2. Work directly with the CFO to generate past and monthly income statements. 
  3. Research scholarly sources in relation to the arts.  
  4. Create and manage spreadsheets of pertinent findings. 

Applicant interested in accounting or data science/management. Excel knowledge and research experience preferred. Interest in completing longer projects preferred. 

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