Applications for Spring 2019 accepted through December 01!

Positions available in the following departments:

Education and Outreach
Events and Development
External Affairs
Digital Media


SITE Santa Fe offers dynamic opportunities for young students and professionals to gain valuable skills relevant to today’s museum careers. Internship applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms in most museum departments.

In addition to the projects and training received in specific departments, interns are provided with many educational opportunities throughout the program. For each term, interns are scheduled to meet with senior staff members from each department. These meetings are informal opportunities for the interns to learn about how each department functions as well as the diverse career paths taken by SITE’s staff.

When interns are at SITE during the transition between exhibitions, they are included in study sessions with SITE’s educators (SITE Guides and Education Staff). These sessions often include in-person discussions with the artists in the exhibition and are extremely informative and educational experiences.

Interns are also given opportunities to engage with other interns and organizations in Santa Fe and the surrounding area. These may include, but are not limited to: backstage tours at the Santa Fe Opera, meetings with local gallery owners, artist studio visits, tours of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and guided hikes with the Randal Davey Audubon Center.

SITE offers a number of training opportunities for interns. These are offered to all interns and are entirely optional. The primary training areas are: SITE Guide and Visitor Services.


  • Opportunity to work at an internationally-renowned contemporary art museum
  • College credit OR $100 stipend (based on demand and availability)
  • Free parking near SITE
  • Supporter-Level SITE Memberships ($125 value): includes access to the North American Reciprocal, ROAM, and the Modern/Contemporary museum membership programs.
  • Choice of SITE publication


Descriptions of each department and their intern tasks are included below. To apply, scroll down to the “How to Apply” tab. Applications for Spring 2019 will be accepted through December 01.

Questions? Contact Amanda Lee, SITE Education Manager, at  or call 505.989.1199 ext. 14.


How to Apply

Complete the application along with the following necessary supporting documentation.

Click HERE to submit your application.

Applications are accepted year-round for internships.

Please note the following deadlines:
Spring internships (January – May): Application deadline is December 1
Summer internships (May – September): Application deadline is April 1 
Fall internships (September – December): Application deadline is September 1,  


Internship Options

Education and Outreach

SITE’s education, outreach, and public programs seek to make contemporary art accessible to a wide and diverse audience, stimulate a high level of discourse, and explore multiple perspectives of art and culture on an international scale. Through SITE’s education programs, we seek to be a platform for empowering and educating the next generation of museum professionals, artists, and advocates of art and culture. In order to bring greater understanding of our exhibitions, SITE presents a broad scope of educational programs. These include SITE’s Young Curators Program, SITE’s Zine Program,  Student Gallery Guide Program, the SITE Scholar Program, the SITE Guide Program, and the Art and Culture Programs which include lectures, panel discussions, dialogues, and performances with well-known artists, poets, and musicians.

An Intern in the Education and Outreach Department must have a knowledge of contemporary art, strong organization and communication skills, must be computer savvy, and must be ready and willing to learn. Tasks include, but are not limited to: researching current and upcoming exhibitions, working with the SITE guides (give tours to guests, answer guest’s questions and monitor the galleries), assisting at the front desk (cash register, handling incoming calls, etc.), assisting with public programs, proof reading, updating the library catalogue, updating the website, making posters, community outreach, and assisting with our Young Curators program. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, and social networking sites (Facebook, Tumblr, etc.) is preferable.

External Affairs
The External Affairs department focuses its energies on marketing and promotion. We employ a variety of marketing and promotional tools to ensure international, national, and local visibility for SITE Santa Fe including the management of an organizational website, media outreach, and the design, production and distribution of print materials.

The Department of External Affairs is looking for public relations interns with excellent writing and critical thinking skills who are organized and detail-oriented and can work independently in a fast paced environment. Microsoft Word, Excel and Photoshop computer skills are necessary as well as fluency with social media. Photography, video and design skills are a plus. Tasks could include: monitoring press coverage from traditional and online media outlets, researching possible media outlets for special exhibitions, assisting in the drafting of short media advisories, fact sheets and bimonthly media calendars, website work, database work and compiling press kits.

We are a very small office so there would inevitably be other tasks as assigned.

Digital Media

Digital Media Outreach involves developing digital communication campaigns with multiple departments at SITE. This intern will work closely with the External Affairs and Education Departments to create, curate, and share content.

The Digital Media Intern should be a student or recent graduate of graphic design or a related field, have excellent writing and communication skills, work well in a team, be skilled at multitasking, and have knowledge of contemporary art, photography, video, and digital archiving. The intern must have a working knowledge of Adobe Suite, social media, and WordPress. Experience with Final Cut and After Effects are a plus.

Tasks include, but are not limited to: covering events through photography, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook; creating a schedule and posting for SITE’s social media accounts; creating videos and small animations; updating and gathering content for SITE’s blogs; designing promotion material for public programs and events; basic website/blog maintenance.

This internship requires a minimum of 10 hours a week.

The Development Department is responsible for seeking philanthropic support for SITE’s exhibitions, education programs and operating expenses. Events & Development interns work on the details and logistics of preparing for special events such as the annual Gala, exhibition opening celebrations, Art & Culture public programs, dinners, and membership events. They also will learn about various methods of nonprofit fundraising such as membership drives, mailings, and social media campaigns. Other organizational projects are also likely.

SITE Santa Fe provides year-round exhibitions of cutting-edge contemporary art with regional, national, and international significance. Envisioned as an art exhibition space similar to the European kunsthalle, SITE originates and organizes exhibitions and is a major venue for national and international traveling exhibitions. An internship with the Exhibitions department would involve working directly with the Assistant Curator, Registrar, Chief Preparator, curators, and artists. Areas of emphasis would include registrarial duties, installation of exhibitions, assistance with planning for upcoming exhibitions, packing and shipping of artworks, researching artists, exhibits and other art institutions, and maintaining exhibition archives.

Projects assigned to the Facilities Intern vary but may involve basic carpentry and other mechanical installation methods. These projects will often require the use of hand tools and some power tools for minor building repairs, alterations, and equipment installation. 
The intern may take part in the technical set-up for public events that will include hands-on learning of basic audio, video, and staging.  Depending on the season, there may be groundskeeping and plant maintenance duties as well.

Quotes from past interns

I see myself as confident knowing that I can pursue a career in the art world and not be confined to only a few opportunities. SITE Santa Fe has provided me with the incomparable knowledge of understanding the tasks and responsibilities of an art venue as well as a marvelous introduction into the world of contemporary art. I look forward to the many years to come when I will return both to my home and to SITE, for I know it is there that I will be forever discovering new ways of challenging my assumptions about art and the way it creates a new personal experience.
-Maya Siler, Intern, Fall 2010

As I identify my future career and academic goals, this internship has given me concrete knowledge of what it means to work with a small, non-profit arts organization. What struck me the most was not just the opportunity to use and develop a whole range of new skills, but also the necessity of that broad skill set.
-Monica Butler, Intern, Summer 2009

My experience at SITE Santa Fe showed me the ins and outs of Arts Administration in a way I could have never understood through classroom learning or independent research.
-Heather Hall, Intern, Spring 2011

SITE encourages interns to learn and be comfortable and somehow kept everyone happy and busy. Many of us volunteered for long days leading up to the auction and I rarely heard complaints because people are happy here. I was happy here. While I’m sad that my internship is ending, I will definitely visit SITE whenever I’m in Santa Fe.
-Kate Cygan, Intern, Summer 2011

I gained solid insight into art, its showcase, and the art world. Additionally, assisting with preparation for the biennial was tremendously exciting, and each person I worked with was fun, interesting, and enjoyable.
-Ian Erickson-Kery, Intern, Spring 2010