The San Diego Art Institute offers internships during the Fall, Spring and Summer academic sessions. Our internships provide an opportunity to learn from leaders in the field and develop your own interests within the non-profit arts environment. Cross-department engagement will provide you with an understanding of communication methods and working as a team to achieve the organization’s goals and mission.

Time commitments are flexible and range from 10-25 hours per week depending upon availability and department needs. All internships are unpaid and must fulfill academic credit requirements. Priority is given to college and graduate level students, but we also accept applications for high school credit. The San Diego Art Institute encourages diversity and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.


View the internship descriptions here:

Administrative Internship

Development Internship

Marketing Internship

Graphic Design Internship

Education & Public Programs Internship

Retail Internship


Application Calendar:

February 1 – Deadline for February-May Internship

April 15 – Deadline for May-August Internship

September 20 – Deadline for September-December Internship


How to Apply:

Please email the following documents to Jacqueline A Silverman,

Internship Application


Cover letter - please describe your interest in the internship you are applying for and what skills you have to offer (500 words max)

Any other materials that are relevant and/or requested

Please specify which internship you are applying for in the subject header of your email.

All completed materials are required in order to be considered for an internship position. Please be aware that we do not notify applicants of receiving these materials. We will confirm the receipt of your application, however due to the volume of internship applications, we are unable to provide informational interviews. A staff member will contact you directly if we decide to schedule an interview.


Volunteers at the San Diego Art Institute play an integral role in all aspects of organizational operation. We continually seek to expand our diverse volunteer corps by incorporating a wide range of individuals and by providing many types of volunteer jobs. In addition to the opportunities listed here, applicants are assessed for their skills and interests and are placed in appropriate positions as determined by current staff needs.


Gift store



Education & Public Programs

Exhibit installation

Event support & Bartending

All applicants must submit a Volunteer form to or at SDAI’s admissions desk. After receiving your form, we will contact you to schedule an informational interview where we can discuss your interests and opportunities.


The San Diego Art Institute is seeking volunteers to help in our Gift Shop. Your support will help us improve our outlook to Balboa Park visitors and help to engage them in the work of local contemporary artists. By helping in our gift shop, we can truly attend to the hundreds of visitors we receive each week.


What will you be doing?

- Welcoming visitors

- Receiving payment for gift shop items

- Answering questions about SDAI

- Answering phones and transferring calls

- Assisting the Store Manager with displays

- Other duties as necessary


Our gift shop is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 12pm-5pm. Shifts can range between 3-7 hours.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact or at 619-236-0011.


San Diego Art Institute is inviting practicing artists throughout San Diego to join its teaching artist pool. The SDAI Education Department develops participatory programs including onsite tours, workshops, and ongoing classes, in addition to outreach at public schools across the county. Our programs are designed to challenge conventional art making by emphasizing contemporary art themes including critical thinking, social impact, and creative communication. SDAI programs are in need of enthusiastic, thoughtful, and highly creative individuals to lead art enthusiasts of all ages to create projects that inspire and motivate. Interested in joining our team? Email your cover letter, CV, exhibitions record, and 5-10 high res work samples to Lissa Corona at Please add Teaching Artist Pool to subject line of the email. No phone calls please.