“I wanted to say a great and warm thank you for everything the Palo Alto Art Center has provided me over the past year, from reminding me that the arts are still thriving in Palo Alto to immersing myself in a unique environment for community arts engagement with an intimate staff.” – Sean Volavong, Exhibitions Intern
“Thank you for the contributions you have made to my personal and professional development, and for making this one of the best learning experiences I have had in college so far.” – Annie Ng, Social Media & Marketing Intern
Art Center internships (undergraduate level) and fellowships (graduate level) give you the opportunity to enhance professional skills, build your professional network, and serve the community. Our opportunities are designed for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as adults interested in re-entering the workforce or exploring a career change. Art Center internships and fellowships are paid and many of our exceptional interns have gone on to permanent positions at the Art Center and neighboring institutions.
Art Center internships and fellowships are supported by generous donors and the Working Together program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Working Together is three-year partnership between the Junior Museum & Zoo and the Palo Alto Art Center that provides a ladder of engagement to involve diverse populations in meaningful museum work and volunteer experiences, advancing a culture of inclusivity at both institutions. This project promotes a ladder of engagement for youth diverse in ethnicity and ability levels through paid teen opportunities, paid internships, and paid fellowships.
Working Together Commitment: The Palo Alto Art Center and the Junior Museum and Zoo are committed to fostering the next generation of arts and science professionals through teen engagement, internships, and fellowships. We value diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, countries of origin, ability levels, ages, religions, and gender expressions. We encourage individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in the museum field to apply.
Contact Grace Pegan Abusharkh, Director of Volunteer Engagement, to learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- $15.65 dollars per hour for internships and $16.67 per hour for fellowships
- One-on-one mentorship from Art Center staff and informational interview opportunities
- Real hands-on experience and leadership opportunities in our LEED certified and renovated Art Center
- A structured experience with opportunity for growth and exploration
- Exclusive access to an active Art Center intern group on LinkedIn with job postings and networking opportunities
- Special training and professional development activities with peer cohort
- Opportunities to network and connect with experienced professionals in the field
We are now accepting applications for one spring 2022 fellowship.
School Programs Fellow
Join the Palo Alto Art Center team for a fellowship dedicated to our school programs, Project Look and Cultural Kaleidoscope. Project Look offers tours of exhibitions to K-5th grade students from local schools. Volunteers and staff lead interactive tours of the Art Center galleries and support the instruction of hands-on art activities. Cultural Kaleidoscope is an artists-in-the-schools program in Palo Alto Unified and Ravenswood City School Districts. The School Programs Fellow will lead tours, assist with hands-on art making and classroom lessons, support teaching artists and education staff with supply ordering and preparation, and conduct research. School-Programs-Fellowship_Spring-2022.pdf(PDF, 197KB)
Please review descriptions of our summer 2022 positions below. We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis. Hiring decisions will be made in March. Please contact Grace Pegan Abusharkh, Director of Volunteer Engagement, at email@example.com, with any questions.
Children's Fine Art Intern
Join the Palo Alto Art Center team for an interactive internship aiding Children’s Fine Art instructors with summer camp classes. Studio Interns work directly in the Art Center’s classrooms, providing classroom management support to art instructors. Interns also work one-on-one with students, encouraging their creativity and supporting their development. Four spots available! PA-Art-Center-CFA-Internship_Summer-2022.pdf(PDF, 216KB)
The Exhibitions Intern works directly with the Art Center’s Curator and Registrar to research for and support upcoming exhibitions and any current Artist-in-Residence program. The Exhibitions Intern also interacts with visitors at events and public programs. PA-Art-Center-Exhibitions-Internship_Summer-2022.pdf(PDF, 200KB)
Social Media & Marketing Intern
Join the Palo Alto Art Center team for an internship dedicated to marketing, design, research, and social media strategy. The intern will work directly with the Art Center’s Director, Marketing Coordinator and key staff members across departments to support the Art Center’s artmaking studios and upcoming public programs. PA-Art-Center-Social-Media-Marketing-Internship_Summer-2022.pdf(PDF, 192KB)
Join the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation team for a graduate-level fellowship dedicated to the development process. The Foundation expands the reach and impact of the Palo Alto Art Center through fundraising and advocacy. To achieve this goal the Foundation maintains an active membership base and donor database and hosts frequent events for cultivation and stewardship purposes. The intern will gain insight into the steps of the development process at a vibrant arts institution, while assisting with special events, membership communications, research, and database maintenance. PA-Art-Center-Development-Fellowship_Summer-2022.pdf(PDF, 211KB)
Working Together Fellow
Working Together is three-year partnership between the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo and the Palo Alto Art Center that provides a ladder of engagement to involve diverse populations in meaningful museum work and volunteer experiences, advancing a culture of inclusivity at both institutions. This project promotes a ladder of engagement for youth diverse in ethnicity and ability levels through paid teen opportunities, paid internships, and paid fellowships. The Working Together Fellow will work closely with the Working Together Steering Committee (a group of staff from the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo), the Community Engagement Coordinator, and the Working Together Community Cohort (a network of partner organizations in the region) to plan and deliver meaningful professional development opportunities and support to our cohort of summer undergraduate interns and teen leaders. Note: opportunity for spring start! PA-Art-Center-Working-Together-Fellowship_Summer-2022.pdf(PDF, 209KB)
Due to COVID-19 State and County restrictions, the Palo Alto Art Center has modified many of our programs. We are currently offering remote, hybrid, and in-person internships.