Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers challenging and comprehensive internships for undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students who are interested in gaining experience in the arts and business/arts administration fields. The Center provides audiences with affordable access to unparalleled artists, diverse and inclusive programs, relevant and cutting-edge experiences, and performances from around the globe. Internships are on a volunteer basis and can be coordinated with staff to aid in receiving academic credit.




Review the list of internships offered. (Note: The following list of openings are indicative of the kinds of internships available; however, internships offered each semester are based upon the organization’s need.) Please clearly state your area of interest in your application.


– Resume

– Two references (one academic and one professional—contact information only, no letters)

– Cover letter describing your interest in your preferred internship position.

Complete the online application found here.



August – December

• Applications Open: mid-May

• Application Deadline: August 30


January – May

• Applications Open: mid-October

• Application Deadline: November 30


June – August/September

• Applications Open: mid-March

• Application Deadline: April 30

NOTE: Late applicants will not be considered.




Learning & Innovation

Scottsdale Arts is seeking an upper-level undergraduate or graduate student majoring in education, arts education, museum studies, nonprofit management, art, art history, or arts administration for our Summer Internship. This internship is designed for someone with an interest in engaging the public with the arts.

Working with the Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation branch within a multidisciplinary arts organization will provide you with real-life experiences into the research of, community engagement for, education strategies for, and administration of programming for diverse audiences through public, performing, and visual arts. This position will lend an important voice to Learning & Innovation’s initiatives and will result in the implementation of one of the below projects.

Duties may include research, creation of lesson plans or education guides, attendance at in-person and online meetings, collaboration within departments, or other areas of interest and experience.

Depending on experience and area of interest, the intern may complete one of the following initiatives:

  • Research, develop, and design a pre-and post-visit teacher guide for student matinees at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Develop a lesson plan that connects to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s (SMoCA) permanent collection.
  • Support the research, planning, and design of the Innovation Zone at Canal Convergence, a Scottsdale Public Art 10-day event.
  • Organize, design, and implement an online resources page for the Learning & Innovation website.

Learning & Innovation is also open to cater projects that pertain to the intern’s degree or personal interests.

Strong time management, communication, organizational, and research skills required. Proficiency with Microsoft SharePoint suite preferred. Spanish language skills, knowledge of Arizona Department of Education, and experience creating lesson plans a plus.

Intern’s availability can be flexible with hours possible seven days a week. The director of Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation will set the schedule.


Email: [email protected]