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, individuals from racial and cultural backgrounds that are underrepresented in the arts, including individuals of Black, African American, Asian, Middle Eastern/North African, Native American, Latine/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 how to apply

Chinati’s grant award from #StartSmall provides for three distinct paid internships every six months, from February to July and September to January. Internships are currently offered in Conservation, Development, and Education. 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.

Applications for Education and Conservation fall 2023 internships are now closed.

Chinati is currently hiring a Development Intern for the fall of 2023. Applications are due July 1, 2023. This six month internship will commence in September, 2023, and conclude in January, 2024. 

Conservation Internship

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.

Development Internship

Chinati’s development department is responsible for raising a significant portion of the museum’s budget through philanthropic contributions, memberships, grants, and events. To learn more about the development internships, please click here.

Education Internship

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.


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