Seattle Art Museum Internship


Unpaid Intern Position Description

Title: Communications Intern

Department/location: Public Relations/Marketing Office

Staff supervisors: Communications Coordinator

Purpose and goals: The intern will work with staff to maximize visibility of selected exhibitions and programs for SAM.

Time: Minimum 3 month time commitment; up to 20 hours per week, schedule flexible within M–F, 9–5 office hours. Desired start date: as soon as possible.

Duties & responsibilities:

 Maintain listings of museum programs and events

 Implement social media strategies

 Media relations

 Event logistics

 Organize electronic press clippings

 Compile press kits and materials for media

 Write press releases for exhibitions, programs and events

 Assist public relations and marketing in special projects


 Experience working in a professional, office setting.

 Prior public relations, marketing, graphic design and writing experience a plus.

 Experience utilizing facebook, twitter and blogging preferred.

 Strong written and verbal communication skills.

 Ability to work with staff and volunteers in a professional manner in a variety of tasks.

 Ability to communicate effectively to staff, volunteers and public.

 Ability to ask for help and accept supervision and evaluation of your work.

 Abide by the Standards for Museum Volunteers/Interns as outlined in the Volunteer/Intern Packet.

Physical requirements:

 Manual dexterity.

 Ability to lift up to 20 pounds.


 Working towards completion of a BA or MA in art history, communications, digital media, English or other related field.

 Working toward a master’s degree in one of the above fields preferable.


 General SAM orientation provided by Volunteer Department

 On-the-job training will be provided, as needed.

Application process:

Submit a Seattle Art Museum Intern Application:

Mail: Manager of Volunteer Programs, Seattle Art Museum

1300 First Avenue

Seattle WA 98101-2003


Open until filled.



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