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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.

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.

Learn more about SAM's commitment to equity.

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 an 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

SAM’s internship program provides students with a wide range of opportunities and experiences with museum work. We offer part-time internships for one or more academic quarters. Internships are unpaid unless the internship title specifies that is it a paid internship. Students may be eligible to earn academic credit. Credit is managed through individual academic institutions, and students are required to coordinate all details of receiving credit.

Available opportunities vary from quarter to quarter. Internship placement at SAM is very competitive and we are unable to place all applicants.

Please note

  • SAM does not provide travel, relocation or housing assistance for interns

  • Internship time commitments vary between a minimum 8 hours per week to maximum 35 hours per week. Selected interns will coordinate their schedule with their intern mentor. Refer to the opportunities for more details

  • Current SAM staff cannot apply for unpaid internships

Internship opportunities are posted approximately one month prior to the deadline. Spring intern opportunities will be listed here in early January. Summer intern opportunities will be listed here in early March.

Quarterly deadlines for internship applications
Fall quarter: August 1
Winter quarter: November 1
Spring quarter: February 1
Summer quarter: April 1

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The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.