Student Internships - General Inquiry
Portland Art Museum

Posted April 04, 2017

Employment Type Intern

Compensation Unpaid

Company Portland Art Museum

Location 1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205



The Portland Art Museum is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and qualified workforce. The Museum strives to maintain a staff that works together to maintain its mission:

"To engage the public with art and film of enduring quality, to facilitate dialogue with diverse audiences, and to collect, preserve, and educate for the enrichment of present and future generations."

Museum career opportunities include positions in administration, curatorial, development, education, finance, museum services, operations, security, and other professional areas. Available positions may require a variety of levels of training, education, and experience. Thank you for your interest in employment with the Portland Art Museum and we encourage you to continue with this online application.

Portland Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.
We recognize and respect the amount of time you are about to invest by applying to this open position. If you complete this job application, you will be kept informed via email status updates (and text messages, if you opt in) throughout the evaluation process.

By continuing with this job application, you will be asked to answer job-specific questions. Please note that the questions contained in this job posting are our sole intellectual property.

Upon receipt of your responses, we will evaluate your submission. If selected for a personal interview, you will receive an email/text with scheduling instructions.

Thank You,
Human Resources Department

SPECIAL NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within minutes of your job application submission, please check your email bulk or spam folders.

Since 1892 the mission of the Portland Art Museum is to engage the public with art and film of enduring quality, to facilitate dialogue with diverse audiences, and to collect, preserve and educate for the enrichment of present and future generations.Internships are an invaluable resource for the Portland Art Museum.  Along with helping to ease the workload of Museum staff, interns gain knowledge and experience that will advance their own careers. If you are a current student and wish to inquire of current internship opportunities with the Museum, please follow this process.

The Portland Art Museum (PAM) strives to be an inclusive institution that facilitates respectful dialogue, debate, and the free exchange of ideas.  With a deep commitment to artists – past and present – and freedom of expression, the Museum and Northwest Film Center’s collections, programs and staff aspire to reveal the beauty and complexities of the world, and create a deeper understanding of our shared humanity.  We are a Museum for all, inviting everyone to connect with art through their own experiences, voices, and personal journeys.  The Northwest Film Center (NWFC), a sister organization to the Museum, is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. PAM and the NWFC are committed to advancing equity and inclusion by creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We will continue learning as we work to evolve as an Institution, recognizing that this journey has no end and our commitment must remain. We have an active equity team currently engaged in a year-long journey to examine our internal culture and the work we do through an equity lens. We look forward to having all colleagues join and contribute to this important work. Learn more at


PAM and the NWFC are equal opportunity employers, committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political belief,  disability or any other legally protected status.  We are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, PAM and the NWFC will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the application, interview, and hiring process.


Internships Guidelines:

Interested applicants must meet Museum-wide guidelines as well as those specific to their department of interest.  Applicants may be undergraduate or graduate students as is appropriate to the conditions of specific internships. It is not compulsory for interns to have an art/art history major, although departments may individualize their requirements according to their needs. Internships can be available throughout the year with application deadlines and internship start dates determined by individual departments.  Student internships are unpaid opportunities.



Due to the high volume of interest please understand that the Museum is unable to respond to each internship application. If Human Resources is able to find a match within the Museum, you will be contacted directly. We appreciate your understanding and hope you continue to experience the power of art.


  • Responsibilities depend on department needs.

  • Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a program that matches the interested dept. they seek an internship with.

  • Museum Perks (free Museum admission, Gift Shop discounts, screenings at NW Film Center).