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Emerging Arts Leader Intern, Development

  • Internship
    Off-cycle Internship
  • Creative Arts & Fashion
  • Seattle

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  • You must have a strong interest in fundraising and development, excellent writing skills, understanding of social justice concepts, basic computer skills, ability to work independently, and commitment to the arts and community building. Minimum of high school diploma required.
  • You will assist in managing corporate memberships, communicating with partners, tracking enrollments, creating presentations, job shadowing, reflecting on experiences, and attending enriching activities.


  • Demonstrated interest in nonprofit fundraising, development, or corporate partnerships. Competitive candidates will be able to articulate why this internship supports their professional goals in museums, fundraising, or the wider arts industry.
  • Strong writing skills and ability to clearly describe goals, progress, and outcomes to a professional audience
  • Clear understanding of and ability to discuss concepts related to racial equity, intersectionality, and social justice.
  • Basic filing, typing and computer skills is required. Experience with Outlook, Asana, or Tessitura are preferred.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and ask for help when needed.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully to staff, volunteers and public.
  • Ability to work with colleagues in a professional manner on a variety of tasks.
  • Ability to adhere to museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
  • Candidates are not required to have previous professional or museum experience. Competitive applicants will show a demonstrated commitment to the arts and leadership in community building.
  • Candidates are not required to have a specific degree to apply, but some familiarity with fundraising, corporate relations, or nonprofit administration is recommended. At minimum, a high school diploma or equivalent is required.


  • Become familiar with all aspects of SAM’s corporate membership program, including key partners, success metrics, and administrative needs.
  • Communicate with institutional partners through email, acknowledgment letters, and in-person conversations.
  • Complete corporate sponsor reports for exhibitions and other projects.
  • Track and report corporate membership enrollments and attendance using SAM’s membership database (Tessitura).
  • Develop a 30 minute gallery tour or equivalent presentation, featuring your interests, perspectives, and experience at SAM.
  • Complete a 2 hour job shadow with frontline volunteers during open hours.
  • Complete a one-page reflection or blog post about your internship experience.
  • Attend enrichments, informational interviews, and check-ins as available.


What is the pay range for the Emerging Arts Leader Intern, Development position at Seattle Art Museum?

The hourly rate for this role is $19.97.

What are some of the benefits offered to interns in this position?

Interns in this position are eligible for benefits such as paid sick time, access to SAM Savings & 403(b) Retirement Plan, fringe benefits including free guest passes, discounted access to events and memberships, and a subsidized ORCA card.

What is the expected time commitment for this internship?

The duration of the internship is 10 weeks, with interns working up to 15 hours per week.

What are some of the essential functions of the Emerging Arts Leader Intern, Development position at Seattle Art Museum?

Essential functions include becoming familiar with SAM's corporate membership program, communicating with institutional partners, completing sponsor reports, tracking enrollments, developing a tour or presentation, job shadowing, reflecting on the internship experience, and attending enrichments and check-ins.

What knowledge, skills, and abilities are required for this internship?

Demonstrated interest in nonprofit fundraising, strong writing skills, understanding of racial equity and social justice, basic computer skills, ability to take initiative and work independently, effective communication skills, professionalism, and a commitment to the arts and community building are required for this position.

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Mission & Purpose

For over 75 years, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has been a leading visual arts institution in the Pacific Northwest. Through its three locations — the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle, the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, and the Olympic Sculpture Park on the Seattle waterfront — SAM connects art to life through special exhibitions, educational programs, and installations drawn from its collection of approximately 25,000 objects from more than 140 cultures.

Culture & Values


    We bring art into people’s lives and help them understand its unique power to inspire creative thinking, which is crucial to understanding and solving our world’s complex problems.


    We build and create collections, exhibitions, and public programs of the highest quality and excellence.


    We are responsive to cultural communities and experiences, and we think critically about the role art plays in empowering social justice and structural change to promote equity in our society. We are dedicated to racial equity in all that we do.


    We engage our audiences through dialogue that is mutually beneficial, inclusive, and enlightening in a spirit of mutual respect.


    We invite and respect many viewpoints and experiences, as we develop and sustain a diverse staff, board, and audience, and showcase art from the world’s diverse cultures.


    We work to lower economic and physical barriers as well as barriers to understanding, so that art is accessible to everyone. We recognize the importance of excellent customer service in making art accessible to all.


    We are transparent and careful stewards of resources, including collections, staff, volunteers, facilities, investments, and institutional records. We share SAM’s collection, our greatest resource, and legacy to the future, with the public through scholarship and interpretation, creative installation, conservation, and programming.