Museum Hours
Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
Cafe Hours
Fri-Mon: 10 AM—4:30 PM
Thurs: 1—7:30 PM
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Seven Art Speak interns pose for a group photo outside the front doors of the museum.

Art Speak Internship

Are you interested in art? Want to work alongside other creative teens exploring the intersection of art, culture, and activism? Find out if the Asian Art Museum Art Speak internship program is right for you.

The Asian Art Museum’s Art Speak internship provides unique opportunities and career training for public high school students in grades 10–12. Interns discover Asian art and cultural traditions, learn from local artists and arts organizations, engage in social justice and youth activism, conduct informational interviews with museum staff to explore careers in the arts, and develop their leadership skills by creating and facilitating hands-on art activities.

The Art Speak internship is a paid ten-month experience that runs from August to May. Interns will meet both virtually and on-site at the Asian Art Museum and are expected to commit six to eight hours each week.  

What Will I Do at the Museum?

  • Discover the art and cultural traditions of Asia and learn about special exhibitions and the museum collection
  • Create hands-on art activities and other materials for learning about art and culture
  • Develop art activities and produce video tutorials for family public programs and the Art Speak Instagram
  • Learn about the Bay Area arts scene and workshop with local artists
  • Engage in and learn about social justice and activism through informational and art-based workshops
  • Meet with like-minded teens working in the arts across the country
  • Meet with museum staff and learn about collaboration and management of a mid-size art museum
  • Use social media to build an online audience presence and generate interest in the museum’s programs

Am I Eligible?

The Art Speak internship is open to:  

  • Bay Area public high school students in good standing in grades 10, 11, and 12
  • Teens interested in art making, art history, Asian art and culture, museums, writing, video producing and editing, media arts, social media, social justice, and arts education
  • Artistic, responsible, self-motivated, enthusiastic teens excited about working in a creative field
  • Outgoing individuals eager to share their artistic skills by teaching museum visitors
  • Youth who are comfortable engaging with fellow interns, staff, artists, and visitors
  • Students who can commit to working six to eight hours a week including virtual sessions on Thursdays from 4–6 PM and in-person sessions at the Asian Art Museum on Sundays from 11 AM–3 PM

What’s in it for Me?

Art Speak interns get:

  • Bi-monthly paychecks
  • School credit (if applicable; must be confirmed through your school before applying)
  • Spending time with and learning from other artistic teens, professional artists, and museum staff
  • Opportunities to expand your skill set and engage in social justice
  • Rich experience for resumes, jobs, and college applications

Apply here for the 2022–2023 program year. Applications will close Sunday, June 12, 2022. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Organizers & Sponsors

The Asian Art Museum’s Art Speak Program is generously supported by the Dhanam Foundation; John Sell; The Sato Foundation; and the California Arts Council, a state agency.