Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts


The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts welcomes applications for our internship program. Interns gain nonprofit arts experience, are exposed to artists from around the world, learn how exhibitions come to fruition, and how artists and curators engage the public. This is an opportunity to work alongside some of today’s most creative professionals.

What does it take to be an intern at the Bemis Center? A passion for contemporary art, self-motivation, attention to detail, the ability to work without much supervision, strong written and verbal communication skills, an eagerness to learn, and the proficiencies required for your specific area of interest. All internship positions require varying levels of clerical and/or physical work. Bemis Center internships are unpaid; most universities offer college credit. 


Application Instructions
Send the following materials to  

  1. Application — completed application form
  2. Resume — current resume
  3. Statement of Purpose — A short statement explaining why you want to intern at the Bemis Center, what you wish to gain from the experience and your current career goals.

Your application will be given to the program managers/directors for review and we will contact you via email if you are selected for an interview. Thank you for your interest in an internship at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts!

Internship Positions

Administration & Operations 

  • Be the first point of contact for Bemis Center visitors
  • Help maintain the front desk and public spaces during operating hours
  • Become knowledgeable about exhibitions and public programs and communicate this information to patrons
  • Assist the Operations Team with basic administrative tasks
  • Ideal candidates are personable, eager to help with events, and are comfortable working with numbers.

Time commitment: 10–15 hours per week, Tuesday–Saturday. Assistance with at least two events per month required.   

Artist-in-Residence Assistant

  • Be exposed to contemporary ideas and processes by working directly with artists-in-residence
  • Interns often make lasting connections with artists
  • Studio art experience preferred but not required
  • Ideal candidates enjoy working with materials, sourcing information, are passionate about the arts, and want to gain hands-on experience in the studio.

Time commitment: 10 hours per week, Monday–Friday. Assistance with at least two events per month required.

Development Program

  • Contribute toward the success of the Bemis Center’s Development (fundraising) by assisting in maintaining a system for documenting donations and grant awards
  • Assist with planning and executing donor cultivation events
  • Experience with database management and a high level of attention to detail is desired
  • Ideal candidates are interested in contemporary art and/or nonprofit organization management.

Time commitment: 8–10 hours per week, Monday–Friday. Assistance with two events per month is required.

Exhibitions & Public Programs

  • Contribute to Bemis Center exhibitions and public programs
  • Assist with installations of exhibitions
  • Research artists and art organizations
  • Help plan and produce public events
  • Gather audience feedback
  • Must be able to balance several kinds of projects at once ranging from installing artwork to detail-oriented research
  • Ideal candidates are interested in curatorial or museum work, event planning, art history, or communications.

Time commitment: 10–15 hours per week, Monday–Friday. Assistance with two public events per month is required.

Residency Program Administration

  • Contribute to the Bemis Center’s core residency program and related events
  • Assist in the coordination of Open House/Open Studios events
  • Assist with gathering alumni news
  • Proficiency in Google Forms and Docs desired
  • Ideal candidates enjoy administrative work, data input, working with artists, research, organizing information, and desire a hands-on experience in residency program support.

Time commitment: 8–10 hours per week, Monday–Friday. Assistance with two public events per month is required.

Questions about the Bemis Center Internship Program? Contact Linda Hilliar, Administrative Assistant, at 402.341.7130 x 24 or 

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130