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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 enriches lives and engages diverse communities. 

As the leading visual art institution in the Pacific Northwest, SAM draws on its global collections, powerful exhibitions, and dynamic programs to provide unique educational resources benefiting the Seattle region, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.


The Seattle Art Museum aspires to be a great art museum for the 21st century. SAM is defined by its outstanding collections, dynamic and inspiring programs, and innovative uses of technology to engage audiences and supporters with great art. As an anchor institution in a forward-thinking global city, the Seattle Art Museum aspires to embody and inspire the Seattle ​region’s dynamism and enhance its global profile while contributing to a healthy and vibrant community and enriching the lives of its citizens.

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 engage our audiences through dialogue that is mutually beneficial and enlightening in a spirit of mutual respect.

Knowing that organizations that embrace and embody diversity are stronger and more effective, we invite and respect many viewpoints and experiences, as we strive to develop and sustain a diverse staff and board, 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.

Transparency and careful stewardship of resources, including collections, staff, volunteers, facilities, investments, and institutional records, are essential to the fulfillment of our mission.

Because SAM’s collection is our greatest resource and legacy to the future, we care for it and share it with the public through scholarship and interpretation, creative installation, conservation, and programming. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Current Open​ings

SAM Staff at Seattle Art Museum

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.


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

Fall 2018 Internship Opportunities
Membership Intern

Photos: Natali Wiseman