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DO WHAT YOU LOVE

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 dedicated to racial equity and strives for employees, volunteers, and interns who are passionate, qualified, and offer diverse perspectives. SAM prioritizes racial equity in the workplace because we know that people of color are the most impacted when it comes to inequities. We are particularly interested in engaging with historically under-represented groups in the museum field as we strive to be inclusive and equitable. SAM is responsive to cultural communities and experiences, and our strategic plan goals address the role art plays in empowering social justice and structural change to promote equity in our society.

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Mission

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.


VISION

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

CREATIVITY
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.

EXCELLENCE
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.

Learn more about SAM's commitment to equity.

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

DIVERSITY
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.

ACCESSIBILITY
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.

STEWARDSHIP
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.

Please note
If you have specific accessibility needs during the application process, or if submitting your application in a different format would make this application process easier for you, please reach out to HR@seattleartmuseum.org

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INTERNSHIPS

Internships at Seattle Art Museum

SAM’s internship programs provide selected students and recent graduates with a wide range of opportunities and experiences in the museum field. We design internships for one or more academic quarters and recognize that successfully serving our visitors and community requires the teamwork of professionals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

As we look to the future of the museum field, we recognize the structural and institutional barriers that unpaid internships hold, and are committed to more equitable recruiting practices by offering only paid internship opportunities. Hosting a socially responsible environment through financial support, hands-on practical experience, and accommodations for students from a wide variety of backgrounds requires SAM to focus on a limited number of intern roles annually. Academic credit continues to be managed independently by individual colleges and universities.

Available opportunities at SAM vary from quarter to quarter and placement is very competitive. We are, unfortunately, unable to place all applicants.

Please note

  • Internships at SAM are limited-term, paid positions.

  • Credit is managed through individual academic institutions. Students are required to coordinate all details of receiving academic credit.

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

  • Selected interns will coordinate their schedule with their intern mentor.

Inquiries may be addressed to internships@seattleartmuseum.org. Individual position descriptions are available below.

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Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

Learn more about Equity at SAM