Chinati Foundation Internships
Chinati Foundation’s paid internship program provides hands-on educational and professional experience in a unique museum of permanently situated works of art.
Under the guidance of key staff, each internship hews to Chinati’s mission according to that department’s distinct role in the organization. Interns play an essential role in Chinati’s operations, undertaking such projects as planning educational programs, supporting fundraising and communications efforts, or caring for works in the collection.
Interns are provided housing on the museum’s grounds and are immersed in Chinati’s daily life. As valued members of the Chinati community, interns are introduced to all aspects of museum administration and encouraged to pursue areas of interest within the organization.
Each intern is assigned a supervisor within their department who serves as a professional mentor throughout the intern’s time at Chinati and often after they leave. Generally, two to three interns participate each term, forming a cohort of emerging arts professionals.
Eligibility and experience
Internships are primarily intended for, but not limited to, candidates who self-identify as women from racial and cultural backgrounds that are underrepresented in the arts, including individuals of Black, African American, Asian, Middle Eastern/North African, Native American, Latinx/Hispanic, and Pacific Islander descent. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) recipients are eligible to apply.
We seek curious and driven individuals who are eager to learn and jump headfirst into any given project. Applicants with some college level coursework, associate or bachelor’s degrees or equivalent work experience are welcome to apply. Intern candidates are not required to have previous work or educational experience in the arts, though a serious interest in the arts and museums is key.
Compensation and current openings
Chinati’s grant award from #StartSmall provides for three distinct paid internships every six months, beginning in February 2022. Internships are currently offered in Education, Development, and Conservation. Interns are expected to work approximately 40 hours per week and are compensated at a rate of $15 per hour. They are provided free housing on the museum grounds and medical benefits.
The art conservation internship is a learning position that allows an intern to work directly with Chinati’s head conservator and other conservation department staff. To learn more, please click here.
The development internship introduces participants to museum fundraising processes, non-profit business practices, and working in the arts. To learn more, please click here.
The education intern works directly with education staff to implement school and adult programs, public tours of the collection, special events, and other initiatives that support the art and vision of Chinati. To learn more, please click here.
Please direct questions pertaining to Chinati internships to Molly Bondy, Education and Intern Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.