UMOCA’s Internships are a great way to gain professional experience working for a non-profit art museum. All of our internships are department centered, offering a unique look on how each facet contributes to the operations of a contemporary art museum. Interns have the opportunity to work one-on-one with department heads to carry out specific projects and general daily needs. Supplementary learning experiences are also achieved through assisting with public programs including exhibition openings, film screenings, art talks, and community outreach. For more detailed information on the internships UMOCA offers, see the links to the right.
Internships are unpaid and based on semester schedules (depending on the accrediting institution’s requirements)
Early/Mid Jan – Mid/Late April
Early/Mid May – Mid/Late Aug
Early/Mid Sep – Mid/Late Dec
To apply for an internship, please complete the Internship Application including resume, letter of interest, professional references, and letter of recommendation. Additional materials may be needed and varies for each internship.
Send completed applications via email to:
Golda Dopp Ovalles, Visitor Services Coordinator
Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of museum staff, visitors, and volunteers themselves, we are not currently accepting new volunteers. If you would like to be notified once volunteer opportunities arise, please contact Kelsie Flack at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address. We need and value volunteer support and hope to welcome new volunteers in January of 2021. In the meantime, support the museum by visiting during open hours, following on social media, and telling your friends about us and our mission!
About the program: UMOCA’s Volunteer Program is a great way to interact with the community and expand your knowledge of both the local and national contemporary art scenes, as well as the daily functions of an art museum. Schedules are flexible and there are no minimum monthly hours to fulfill. UMOCA provides parking during volunteer shifts and volunteers who assist 40 hours or more a year will receive a Minimalist level membership.
Most volunteer opportunities take place in the museum, but some are off-site, including the Utah Arts Festival at Library Square and Art Truck visits to various schools and festivals throughout the valley.
If you enjoy interacting with the public and spending time in the Museum, this is the position for you! Front desk attendants greet patrons, answer questions about the exhibitions and Salt Lake in general, answer phones and transfer calls, sell merchandise, memberships, and art objects from the Art Shop, and help open and close the galleries. Four to five hour shifts are available, Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Volunteers who work special events and exhibition openings assist with set up and tear down, act as crowd liaisons, provide information about the exhibitions to the public, and above all, have a great time working with the staff to make our events successful. Special events include: exhibition openings, art talks and lectures, films, and other special events and private party functions. These positions have flexible dates and hours, and no minimum monthly commitment is required.
Volunteers with an enthusiasm for learning and teaching have the opportunity to assist educational programs for all ages. Programs include:
These positions have flexible dates and hours, and no minimum monthly commitment is required. Experience with children and art a plus.
Do you like more physical work such as patching and painting walls? As a gallery preparator, your job is to assist with the installation of new exhibitions. These positions are available in between exhibitions, usually every two to three months, during the hours of 9 am and 6 pm. No minimum commitment is required. This is an ideal position for small groups. Wall painting or construction experience preferred.
This position is perfect for someone who is looking for a smaller commitment and enjoys getting out into the community. You will assist with mailings, flyer distribution, program research, and other tasks.
Our team is made of some of the most dedicated art lovers and professionals that can be found in downtown SLC.
Each day we bring ideas, issues and vision to the team – then work hard to package and deliver the most meaningful and relevant experiences for visitors of every type. The art we have the pleasure of working beside is our muse and inspiration. If you are smart, hard-working, eager to deeply experience every aspect of museum operations and come with a smile, then we should talk.