Internship Opportunity @ Seattle Art Museum

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM 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


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



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