Get involved. Donate your time. Become a SFAI Volunteer!


SFAI is looking for engaging individuals to join us as volunteers to support our public events. Our volunteer program is a great way to interact with the art community and our artists-in-residence. Each year, we host over 20 public programs that serve our community. They include SFAI140, film screenings, public talks from invited guest speakers, open studios and fundraising events.

SFAI Volunteers are involved in all aspects of our public events. Volunteer opportunities range from ushering at programs, assisting at check-in desk, supporting SFAI staff as an event runner, photographing programs and fundraising dinners or helping with event setup / clean-up.

Volunteer Benefits
We provide the following benefits to our volunteers.
+ A gift as token of thanks
+ Acknowledgement on our website

To Apply
We will keep you informed on our open calls for volunteers for our forthcoming events. To volunteer, please complete our online application below, applications are accepted throughout the year and will remain on file.  If you have any further questions about volunteering, you may send inquiries to Nuttaphol Ma at nma@sfai.org.



SFAI accepts applications for interns on an ongoing basis that follows the academic calendar. This non-compensatory, part-time internship is appropriate for students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies, with area of focus in arts and humanities, design, writing, communications, marketing, or business development.

As an intern, you will get an overview on the inner workings of a non-profit arts organization. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage with local, national, and international residents and fellows at SFAI. We seek internships with students at institutions where academic credit can be arranged with host university.

Interns will gain knowledge in the following areas:

SFAI Residency and Fellowship Program
• Develop archival skills by taking / transcribing notes during our monthly Resident Showcase for institutional archives and maintaining SFAI Image/Alumni Archives
• Practice research skills by assisting the Residency Program Manager with researching and updating content for Thematic Residency Reading / Resource List
• Gain studio experience by providing artists-in-residence and Story Maps Fellows studio support

SFAI Public Events
SFAI Intern will gain first-hand experience with implementing a public event by participating in the following:
• Support SFAI staff with set up / clean up of special events (chairs and tables, AV equipment, refreshments, check-in table, install/de-install artwork, exhibition labels, patch/paint walls)
• Provide logistical support to staff members during events (check in attendees, ushering attendees to seats, etc.)

SFAI Communications and Administration
• Expand on existing social media knowledge by assisting the Design and Communications Manager with collecting content for our social media outlets (Twitter, IG, Facebook)
• Develop administrative skills by helping to manage our donor database

Skills and Qualifications
We seek a passionate, independent and responsible individual to join us. The following are some key skills and qualifications that we look for in a candidate:
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Apps, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and social media platforms
• Experience with digital photography, and/or video, and/or audio recording
• Experience with hand and power tools to assist with work around the gallery/SFAI
• Valid US driver license

To Apply
Please complete our online application below. Be sure to include a letter of interest and a resume as a pdf attachment in your application. Interested candidates with further questions about our internships may send inquiries to Nuttaphol Ma, SFAI Alumni Fellow, at nma@sfai.org.

Deadlines for Application
Jun 30 for Fall Term (Sep-Nov)
Nov 30 for Spring Term (Jan-Mar)
Mar 30 for Summer Term (Jun-Jul)