Internship & Volunteering


516 ARTS is always looking for volunteers and also offers internships for students and people of all ages interested in getting hands-on experience working with a busy non-profit arts organization. We are seeking volunteers to assist with daily gallery operations, special events, installation of exhibitions and meeting the demands of our growing arts education program.

If you are an artist, art student, art educator, or anyone with an interest in art, call 505-242-1445 or email


INTERNSHIPS (Positions are currently filled)

516 ARTS is offering internship opportunities for hands-on experience working in a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art museum. We are seeking motivated individuals of all backgrounds, identities, and abilities. Interns will be required to dedicate 150 hours over the semester, for a minimum of 8 hours/week.

As interns, the selected candidates will become important team members and will work closely with our staff. Projects and tasks will be discussed at the beginning of the internship, depending on the intern’s interests and the organization’s needs. Main duties and projects include:

  • Gallery Assistance: to greet visitors and interface with the public, open the gallery and ready the exhibitions for visitors, provide general administrative support for all departments and assist with setup and staffing openings and events, restock catalogues and newsletters, walk through the space to make sure everything is order.
  • Archive Research: support the efforts of creating a digital archive of the 15 years of exhibitions.
  • Curatorial Research: engage and support curatorial processes for current and upcoming exhibitions, as researching artists, curators, and presenters for exhibitions and programming; compiling information about artists’ biography, practice, and artworks; participating in studio visits, researching and helping to develop proposals for exhibitions and initiatives.
  • Education & Outreach: assist the Educator Manager with recruiting schools and community groups, leading tours, researching and preparing study packets and educational curricula for exhibitions, developing strategies for outreach and programming events, and analyzing and archiving surveys.

Internship Benefits include:


Hands-on experience in a non-profit contemporary art space;

Course credits (if agreed with Teaching Institution);

Free day parking in Downtown Albuquerque;

Memberships to the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (;

Choice of one catalogue or other 516 publication;

Series of meetings with 516 ARTS staff members to learn more about the different professional figures involved in a contemporary art museum;

Networking opportunities with artists, speakers, and curators;

Reference for future applications at the completion of the internship;



Contact Daniel Ulibarri, Education & Engagement Coordinator.

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