Internship & Volunteering


516 ARTS is offering internship opportunities for hands-on experience working in a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art museum. We are seeking motivated individuals of all backgrounds, identities, and abilities. Interns will be required to work 150 hours over the semester, for a minimum of 8 hours/week.

We offer internships in five different Focus Areas, each with different core responsibilities:

1. Curatorial Research

The intern in Curatorial Research will engage and support curatorial processes for current and upcoming exhibitions and will work closely with the Exhibitions Manager. The position involves researching artists, curators, and presenters for exhibitions and programming; compiling information about artists’ biography, practice, and artworks; participating in studio visits, researching and helping to develop proposals for exhibitions and initiatives; helping maintain an organized archive of previous exhibitions.

2. Fundraising and Events

The Fundraising and Events intern will assist the Development Coordinator in development efforts, including managing the donor database and mailings, implementing the membership program and donor benefits, planning and supporting donor cultivation events, and researching grants and funding sources. The intern will also participate in aspects of event organization including invitations, and logistics such as catering, entertainment, space, set-up, etc.

3. Marketing and Social Media

The Marketing and Social Media internship will focus on marketing and promotion, including updating the website, creating and planning social media posts and e-news efforts, and designing and producing print and digital materials. The intern will work with all staff members, creating communication for a variety of audiences.

4. Education & Outreach

The intern in Education and Outreach will assist the Educator Coordinator with recruiting schools and community groups, leading tours, researching and preparing study packets and educational curricula for exhibitions, developing strategies for outreach and programming events, and analyzing and archiving surveys.

5. Videography

The Videography intern will support the organization’s efforts to document exhibitions and events as well as profile artists and activities relating to our exhibitions. The position will include creating visual and audio resources and developing content to be used for education, promotion, and fundraising purposes. Content will include interviews and studio visits with artists and speakers out in the field as well as in our venue. Candidates should have access to audio-video equipment.

Internship Benefits include:

Hands-on experience in a non-profit contemporary art space;

Course credits (if agreed with Teaching Institution);

Free day parking in Downtown Albuquerque;

Memberships to the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (;

Choice of one catalogue or other 516 publication;

Series of meetings with 516 ARTS staff members to learn more about the different professional figures involved in a contemporary art museum;

Networking opportunities with artists, speakers, and curators.

Reference for future applications at the completion of the internship.

Applications material:

Please send all the following material to (Subject: Internship Application)

• Resume

• Two professional references (names and contacts)

• Cover letter

Make sure your letter includes the following information:

Why you want to intern for 516 ARTS;

Which department you are interested in;

What your schedule availability would be and how many hours per week.

We have three internship cycles over the year. For 2021 the dates are:

FALL: September 3 - December 10, 2021

Application deadlines:

For the FALL: August 20, 2021


Contact Viola Arduini, Education and Outreach Coordinator:


516 ARTS is always looking for volunteers and also offers internships for students and people of all ages interested in getting hands-on experience working with a busy non-profit arts organization. We are seeking volunteers to assist with daily gallery operations, special events, installation of exhibitions and meeting the demands of our growing arts education program.

If you are an artist, art student, art educator, or anyone with an interest in art, call 505-242-1445 or email

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