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Teen Programs Intern

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

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  • You must have a demonstrated interest in education, art, and community programs, ability to work with teens, prioritize tasks, collaborate with team members, and communicate effectively. Familiarity with social media and one year experience with SAM's TAG program is recommended.
  • You will support teen programs, plan meetings, assist with event logistics, communicate with teens & staff, track attendance, and collaborate with SAM departments. You'll also provide insight on TAG efforts, support education pathways, and complete reflections on your internship experience.


  • Demonstrated interest in education, art, community programs, and/or museums.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with youth audiences, especially teens.
  • Ability to work efficiently and prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to work both independently on projects and as a team member for department priority tasks and group projects.
  • Ability to ask for help and accept supervision and evaluation of your work.
  • Ability to work with others professionally and tactfully, and to represent the Museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism.
  • Adhere to Museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
  • Proficiency in general computer use and in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram strongly recommended but not required.
  • One year experience with SAM’s TAG program is strongly recommended but not required.


  • Attend and support weekly TAG meetings (Thursday evenings Oct 2024-May 2025). Communicate with supervisor if conflict comes up.
  • Work with supervisor to plan weekly agendas and prepare any necessary documents, supplies, artist contacts, field trip logistics, Zoom meetings, etc. in advance of meetings.
  • Track TAG member attendance.
  • Support teen, parent, partner, and staff communications.
  • Support TAG efforts (ex. Teen Night Out, final project, etc.) by offering conceptual, planning, and logistical insight, including:
  • Development of learning objectives for TAG participants
  • Creation of an evaluation plan and participant survey
  • Assist with general activities such as cleaning individual work area and shared work areas after use. Identify necessary supplies and work with supervisor to procure them.
  • Support efforts furthering teens’ exposure to education or career pathways beyond high school.
  • Assist in TAG interviews and advise on applicants, if applicable.
  • Assist supervisor on other teen related programming as needed.
  • Connect with other departments at SAM. This may include informational interviews, participating in department meetings, or attending museum events.
  • Complete a 2 hour job shadow with frontline volunteers during open hours.
  • Complete a one-page reflection, blog post, or interview about your internship experience.
  • Attend enrichment sessions, informational interviews, and check-ins as available.


What is the core objective of the Teen Programs Internship at Seattle Art Museum?

The core objective of the Teen Programs Internship is to further racial equity and diversity objectives within SAM and in the broader professional field by offering a paid internship opportunity for candidates from historically underserved communities.

What opportunities for educational advancement are provided by this internship?

The internship will provide the candidate with a wide range of museum and education experiences that may help to prepare them to pursue a career in education, art, museum, non-profit, or related fields. The intern will also be encouraged to identify professional development goals and propose projects of interest to their supervisor.

What will the Teen Programs Intern be focused on primarily?

The Teen Programs Intern will be focused primarily on supporting the 2024-2025 Teen Arts Group (TAG) cohort and will be expected to collaborate with and support the supervisor with agenda planning and administrative work for TAG programming, such as workshops, Teen Night Out, etc.

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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.