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.

Programs Intern

Six-month internship, January – June 2020

Average of 12 hours/week 

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Artist Trust is recognized as a national model for direct funding and professional development of working artists and has invested over $10 million in individual artists throughout the state since its inception in 1986.

Internship Summary: The Programs Intern provides support on Artist Trust’s 5 grant programs for Washington State artists as well as AT’s professional development programming for artists. The intern will assist with grant selection panels, provide administrative support on grant and public programs, and help maintain artist data as well as the Artist Trust website. Through skill-building at the Artist Trust office and in the community, the Programs Intern will gain valuable experience working on the programming team of an artist-supporting organization. The responsibilities, benefits, and required skills and qualifications for this internship include:


  • Assist with grant selection panel preparation and day-of coordination (see required dates below);
  • Ensure that grant applicant’s eligibility and work samples comply with grant guidelines;
  • Assist with Artist Trust website content updates;
  • Act as an on-site AT liaison at Seattle-based artist programs (please note: this requires some evening and weekend availability, the schedule for which is set at least six weeks in advance);
  • Prepare materials for artist programs;
  • Help steward artists during Office Hours;
  • Process submissions to the Artist Trust Opportunities page
  • Create visuals for grant recipient presentations to the AT board of directors;
  • Assist with pre-application and post-panel feedback to artists;
  • Provide support for events;
  • Other special projects as assigned.


  • Build skills and knowledge of arts administration;
  • Learn what makes a successful grant application and observe the full cycle of grantmaking;
  • Exposure to the ins and outs of running statewide arts programs;
  • Networking opportunities in the arts and nonprofit sector;
  • Gain experience with Salesforce, WordPress, Submittable, and Adobe programs;
  • Access to Artist Trust programs, workshops, and events when space is available
  • Work with a knowledgeable and ambitious team of nonprofit professionals;
  • A letter of recommendation / reference upon successful completion of the internship.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Availability from 9am-5pm on 2/7, 2/13, 2/14, 4/30, 5/1, and 4/24 is required;
  • Ability to commit to a six-month internship with an average of 12 hours a week;
  • Dedication to and enthusiasm for Artist Trust’s mission;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Comfort working with Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Powerpoint;
  • Strict adherence to professional discretion and confidentiality;
  • A passion for the arts or an interest in arts administration;
  • Commitment to promoting racial equity in the arts;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • A sense of humor;
  • Note: Applicants need not be enrolled in or a graduate of a college degree program. This internship is a particularly good opportunity for a working artist who wants to learn more about programming in an arts service organization.

This position reports to the Program Manager and works closely with the entire Artist Trust Programs team.

The Programs Intern will receive a $1,000 volunteer 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 December 9, 2019, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please email the following to internhiring@artisttrust.org with “Programs Intern” in the subject line: Cover letter describing qualifications and what you will bring to the position; résumé; three professional references with contact information.

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, please visit our website.

Get Involved

We work hard serving thousands of individual artists across Washington State each year, but we can’t do it without you! Learn how you can support artists year-round.