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Career opportunities at the Seattle Art Museum offer more than just work. SAM attracts, develops, and retains highly qualified employees who enrich and develop their love of the arts while contributing specific skills and talents to our mission. ​

We offer employment in administration, admissions, curatorial, development, education, finance and operations, museum services, retail, security, and other professional fields.

SAM is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.

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SAM connects art to life.

Through art, the Seattle Art Museum fosters creativity and builds community.

As a leading visual art institution in three unique locations, SAM shares its global collections, powerful exhibitions, and dynamic programs to engage, educate, and inspire.


Seattle Art Museum is a welcoming community where people find inspiration and discover our common humanity. We are committed to equity, exceptional art, and dynamic programs. At our three sites we offer enriching, fun, and rewarding experiences for all.

Core 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.

EQUITY 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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Current Openings

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Thank you for your interest in SAM employment opportunities! SAM accepts applications only for current openings. Submitted applications will receive email confirmation receipt. Please, no telephone or email inquiries as we are unable to respond to individual applicants.

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Internships at Seattle Art Museum

The SAM internship program offers part-time internships for one or more academic quarters each year. Internships are unpaid unless noted below. Students may be eligible to earn academic credit; however, credit programs are managed through individual academic institutions. Available opportunities vary from quarter to quarter. Internship placement at SAM is very competitive and we are unable to place all applicants.

Quarterly deadlines for internship applications

Spring quarter: February 1
Summer quarter: April 1
Fall quarter: August 1
Winter quarter: November 1

Photos: Natali Wiseman