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Seattle Art Museum Betty Bowen Award Administration Internship in Seattle, Washington

Betty Bowen Award Administration Internship Summer Quarter 2022 Applications Due Date: May 27, 2022 Position Start Date: June 20, 2022 (start date is flexible)

TITLE: Betty Bowen Award Intern

DEPARTMENT/LOCATION: Curatorial Department, SAM Downtown

DEPARTMENT STAFF MENTOR: Assistant Curator for Modern & Contemporary Art


The Betty Bowen Award Intern assists with the planning, organization, and implementation of the annual Betty Bowen Award, an award granted to outstanding visual artists currently living and working in the Pacific Northwest.

Under the direction of the Assistant Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, the Betty Bowen Intern will assist with the organization and administration of the Betty Bowen Award, now in its 45th year. The intern will coordinate and attend committee meetings, promote the call for entries, organize artist applications, correspond with artists about the award, manage communication with the Committee, and produce press releases and mailings related to the award.

This internship position reports to the Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The intern will also work with the Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Betty Bowen Committee. They will also coordinate with artists living in the Northwest and other SAM Departments.

More information about the Betty Bowen Award can be found on our website at .

FSLA STATUS: Temporary, Non-Exempt

COMPENSATION: $17.27 per hour, up to 15 hours per week, for 10 weeks


10-15 hours a week, flexible within Monday-Friday 9am-5pm office hours. Exact start date and schedule will be determined with the selected candidate.

The intern will be expected to work extended hours, from roughly 9am-5pm, for two committee meetings on August 11 and 12.


Working with their supervisor, this intern will gain hands-on experience with public outreach, awards administration, and working with a philanthropic board. The intern will further develop their skills in community engagement, project management, communication, and writing.


The Betty Bowen Intern will be responsible for helping to organize and administer all aspects of the Betty Bowen Award, including:

  • Becoming familiar with the history, purpose, and application requirements of the Betty Bowen Award.

  • Promotion and support for the call for entries to NW artists, galleries, and museums.

  • Organization of artist applications, including video submissions.

  • Communication and assistance with the award application process.

  • Managing communication with the Committee.

  • Compiling of all meeting materials, including PowerPoints, videos, and application packets.

  • Coordination of and attendance at all committee meetings.

  • Completion of a press release following announcement of the award


  • Ability to take initiative and work with limited supervision

  • Demonstrated skill in project management or coordination involving multiple stakeholders

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate tactfully and professionally with customers, staff, volunteers, artists, committee members, and other community groups.

  • Proficient in writing and editing with a professional tone.

  • Proficient with word processing software, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

  • Proficient with filing, typing, and computer skills.

  • Ability to ask for help and accept evaluation of your work.

  • Abide by the Standards for Museum Volunteers/Interns as outlined in the Volunteer/Intern Packet.


    Currently working towards or recent completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree in arts administration, fine art, museum studies, nonprofit management, or other related field. Competitive applicants will have a demonstrated interest in Modern and Contemporary Art and/or Northwest Contemporary Art.


Exposure: Work areas are primarily inside, in a climate-controlled environment with light background noise. Work is occasionally performed at other indoor and outdoor sites.


Stationary Work: Approximately 80% of time is spent stationary while working at a desk. Balance of time (approximately 20%) is spent moving around the work area. Occasional extended periods of standing may be required when assisting at Museum events.

Communication: Clear and effective communication with volunteers, donors, members, the public, and co-workers is necessary.

Moving: The ability to move up to twenty pounds on occasion is necessary for moving files, equipment, and supplies. Must be able to regularly position self to access files.

Office Work: Ability to effectively and regularly operate a computer, keyboard, and other office productivity machinery, such as copy machines and printers, and ability to inspect, prepare and use paperwork, files, equipment, and supplies is necessary.

Centering equity, diversity, and inclusion as an organization, and as individuals, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. SAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or any other protected class.

Please contact the Human Resources Department at (206) 654-3188 or for additional information or to request reasonable accommodations for the application or interview process.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and proof that the applicant is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or qualifies for a testing exemption or accommodation.


Applications are only accepted via the online form at

Application materials in PDF format may also be sent to

Each application should include:

  • Application Form (completed online)

  • A Cover Letter that describes:

  • Your previous experience and how it relates to the duties of this role

  • Your approach to project management, organization, and coordination between multiple stakeholders

  • Your communication style and how you have applied interpersonal skill in a professional setting

  • What you hope to gain from this experience and how might it enhance your education and career plans

  • Resume

  • Two Professional References or Letters of Recommendation, ideally from teachers, supervisors, or mentors. Reference information may be emailed directly to, with the applicant name noted in the Subject line.

Please reach out to for any questions or assistance with our application process.

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