Volunteering at Artist Trust is an exciting, rewarding, and memorable experience. Our year-round opportunities include serving on a standing committee, contributing content to the Artist Trust blog, acting as an outreach and community liaison, and assisting with special events including our annual benefit auction. Connect with Washington State’s art community and volunteer with us today!

As an Artist Trust volunteer, you can expect:

  • volunteer shifts that run approximately 3-5 hours
  • an enriching experience while being treated with courtesy and respect
  • a behind-the-scenes look at how a nonprofit organization is run
  • to work with a team of professionals that enjoy supporting the arts as much as you do
  • to make new friends and connections
  • to have fun while engaging in hard, meaningful work

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Standing Committees of the Board

Volunteers serving on standing committees of the board support the work of Artist Trust’s Board of Directors, help chart organizational strategy, bring friends and funds to Artist Trust, and make sure our business is running smoothly. Our current committees are Auction, Finance, Stewardship, Strategic Vision, and Campaign for a Creative Future.

Questions? Contact Shannon at shannon@artisttrust.org.


The Internship Program at Artist Trust offers part-time (12-20 hours a week), six-month internships twice a year. It is best suited for aspiring arts administrators seeking to gain entry-level experience in the nonprofit and arts and culture sector. Applicants need not be enrolled in or a graduate of a college degree program. Current students may be eligible to earn academic credit through their individual institutions. All internships are unpaid, but a $1,000 stipend (unless contracted through a university as a work study student) will be awarded to the intern after successful completion of the six-month internship.

Auction Art & Experience Intern

Six-month internship, November 2019 – April 2020

Average of 8-20 hours/week with increased hours from January – April 2020

The Auction Art & Experience Intern works with the development team during our biggest fundraising event: the 2020 Benefit Art Auction (March 28, 2020). The auction is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the area’s contemporary arts scene while working directly with artists and art experience donors leading up to and through the auction. The Auction Art & Experience Intern will gain first-hand experience producing a successful arts fundraiser and a broad range of exposure to all of the major functions of a nonprofit development team, with a focus on the auction and art experience procurement process, and large-scale event production.


  • Assist with lead-up planning and event production for the 2020 Benefit Art Auction;
  • Assist with art experience package procurement;
  • Coordinate donation details;
  • Assist with art storage logistics and art installation at the auction site;
  • During the auction, supervise volunteer team responsible for packaging purchased art;
  • Maintain and update multiple databases including Salesforce, Submittable, and event management systems
  • Compile necessary materials to assist with catalogue printing, website production, and related power point presentations;
  • Other special projects as assigned;
  • Provide input on and support for new and ongoing projects per intern’s learning goals.


  • Experience in auction procurement and volunteer management;
  • Opportunities to grow project management skills;
  • Experience in planning and execution of special events;
  • Networking opportunities in the arts and nonprofit sector;
  • Observation of board and/or committee meetings, according to interest and availability;
  • Build skills and knowledge of arts administration and nonprofit development;
  • Broad exposure to diverse development skill set and responsibilities;
  • Work with a knowledgeable and ambitious team of nonprofit professionals;
  • A one-year Artist Trust membership;
  • Free access to Artist Trust programs, workshops, and events during the internship;
  • Professional mentorship from staff;
  • A letter of recommendation/reference upon successful completion of the internship, by request.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Ability to commit to a six-month internship with an average of 8-20 hours per week, with occasional evening availability and increased hours from January – April 2020;
  • Must be available for the entirety of Auction day, March 28, 2020, with increased availability during Auction week, March 23 through 27, 2020
  • An interest in nonprofit development, a passion for Artist Trust’s mission, and commitment to racial equity work;
  • Strong attention to detail and professional discretion;
  • High-level customer service skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, database input and output, or willingness to learn;
  • Proficiency in conducting online research and willingness to make cold calls;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Positive and focused attitude, willingness to learn and ask questions, and good humor;
  • Gallery and/or art installation experience, proficiency with basic graphic design, and/or confidence with the terms and language of contemporary visual art are pluses;
  • Note: This internship is suited for aspiring nonprofit and/or development professionals seeking entry-level experience. Applicants need not be enrolled in or a graduate of a college degree program. Interns are not entitled to a job at the conclusion of their internship period and are not entitled to wages for their time.

This position is supervised by the Annual Fund & Events Manager and works closely with the entire Development team, with occasional collaboration with the Communications team.


The Auction Art & Experience Intern will be rewarded a $1,000 stipend after successful completion of a six-month internship (unless contracted through a university as a work-study student).

To Apply

Preference given to applications received by October 7, 2019 and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please email the following to internhiring@artisttrust.org with “Auction Art & Experience Intern” in the subject line:

  • Cover letter describing qualifications and what you will bring to the position;
  • Professional resume;
  • Three professional references with contact information.

About Artist Trust

Artist Trust is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all EOE and ADA requirements. We are committed to employing a racially diverse workforce. People of color, transgender and gender nonconforming people, people with disabilities, and low-income people are encouraged to apply. For more information about AT’s commitment to racial equity, click here.

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