Chinati Foundation Internships

Chinati Foundation’s paid internship program provides an immersive professional experience in museum work. Over the course of their employment, Chinati’s interns play an essential role in daily operations. Currently, Chinati hosts interns in conservation, development & communications, and education.

Under the guidance of key staff, each internship hews to Chinati’s mission according to that department’s distinct role in the organization. Generally, two to three interns participate each term, forming a cohort of emerging arts professionals.

We seek curious and driven individuals who are eager to jump headfirst into any given project. Applicants with some college-level coursework, an associate or bachelor’s degree, or work experience are welcome to apply.

Eligibility and Experience

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.

Individuals from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the arts and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) recipients are encouraged to apply.


Chinati welcomes interns in the spring, from February to July, and fall, from September to January. 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.

How to Apply

To learn more about each internship and how to apply, please refer to the drop-down menu on the right side of this page.


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Conservation Internship

The art conservation intern works directly with Chinati’s head conservator and other conservation department staff to care for the museum’s collection. To learn more, please click here.

Development & Communications Internship

The development and communications intern will support the daily operations of both the development and communications departments.

Chinati’s development department, which handles major gifts, capital projects, memberships, grants, and special events, works with visitors and donors to support the foundation and its mission.

Chinati’s communications department is responsible for planning and implementing communications campaigns, both external and internal. This includes social media, email content, printed collateral, press releases, and website copy.

To learn more, please click here.

Education Internship

The education intern works directly with Chinati’s education staff to implement school and adult programs, special events, and other initiatives that support the art and vision of Chinati. To learn more, please click here.