Internship Opportunities

An Art Center's interns in front of a photo display

“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 grace.abusharkh@cityofpaloalto.org.

Internship Benefits

  • $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


Spring & Summer Positions

We are currently accepting applications for spring and summer positions. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Contact Grace Pegan Abusharkh, Director of Volunteer Engagement, at grace.abusharkh@cityofpaloalto.org for full position descriptions and application instructions.

Ceramics Intern

Join the Palo Alto Art Center team for a project-based internship supporting the vibrant Adult Studio program. The Adult Studio Program at the Palo Alto Art Center is a robust program of classes, workshops, and drop-in programs. This intern will be responsible for creating a new glaze display wall for the studio – managing the project from start to finish. Note: opportunity for spring start! 



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! 


Exhibitions Intern

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. 


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. 


Development Fellow

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. 


Working Together Fellow

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. 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 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!