Gain hands-on experience at a top tier art museum.

Internship Program

The internship program at SFMOMA is one of the museum’s highest priorities. I was made to feel like an integral part of the museum’s mission and to be proud of our upcoming projects.

Katie B., former intern + current staff member

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)’s internship programs give students a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day operations of one of the country’s leading modern and contemporary art museums. If you are a college student or recent graduate interested in learning more about how museums work, are considering academic credit, or hoping to pursue a career at the museum, an internship at SFMOMA is an excellent first step.

SFMOMA’s internship programs seek talented students of all backgrounds. We value diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, and gender expressions. Students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the arts are encouraged to apply. SFMOMA currently offers two internship programs: academic-year internships and summer internships. See below for details on both.


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Summer Internship (Paid)

Our summer internship is a full-time, ten-week paid program for undergraduate and graduate students. It includes training, direct work experience, professional development, and a mentorship program that connects current interns with former interns on staff. Participating interns will receive a stipend of $5,000.

The 2018 summer internship runs June 11–August 17 and includes a welcome breakfast with senior leadership, weekly curatorial tours, Lunch + Learns with several departments, as well as visits to SFMOMA’s other campus facilities. Applications for the summer 2018 internship close February 18, 2018.

Highlights

  • $5,000 stipend for full participation
  • Weekly speaker series (Lunch + Learns) featuring museum professionals in several departments
  • Field trips to other cultural institutions
  • Discounts at SFMOMA restaurants and retail store, invitations to exhibition openings, and free admission to San Francisco museums
  • One-on-one mentoring and career workshops

Qualifications

  • Priority consideration will be given to rising juniors and seniors at accredited undergraduate programs
  • Certain positions may require graduate-level training and/or professional experience, noted in the department descriptions

Academic Year Internship

SFMOMA offers unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students throughout the academic year. Specific internship lengths and schedules are determined by the successful applicant and the department in which they are working. Academic year internships include training, direct work experience, professional development, and a mentorship program that connects interns with key staff members. Academic year interns are also invited to a welcome breakfast with senior leadership and enjoy weekly curatorial tours, Lunch + Learns with several departments, as well as visits to SFMOMA’s other campus facilities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Highlights

  • Weekly speaker series (Lunch + Learns) featuring museum professionals in several departments
  • Field trips to other cultural institutions
  • Discounts at SFMOMA restaurants and retail store, invitations to exhibition openings, and free admission to San Francisco museums
  • One-on-one mentoring and career workshops

Qualifications

  • Priority consideration will be given to rising juniors and seniors at accredited undergraduate programs
  • Certain positions may require graduate-level training and/or professional experience, noted in the department descriptions

  • How to Apply

    Application Materials

    • Your current resume
    • A one-page statement of purpose, explaining why you are interested in museum or nonprofit work, your reasons for applying to SFMOMA, and your goals for the internship
    • A letter of recommendation from a college professor or former employer
    • Your college transcript; transcripts may be unofficial
    • Your availability for an interview; Skype and phone interviews will be considered for students who cannot travel to San Francisco

    Application Process

    • Check out our internship opportunities on Snaphire.
    • PDFs should be saved as first initial, last name (e.g. J.Smith).
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    SFMOMA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to ensuring that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.