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
- 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.
- Please provide:
- Cover letter describing your interest in your preferred internship position.
- 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
No internships available at this time, please check again next semester.
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 CassandraB@ScottsdaleArts.org.