Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts


Thank you for your interest in an internship at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts!

Bemis Center interns assist staff and artists-in-residence with artistic and collaborative projects that help run the organization, execute exhibitions, deliver programs, connect with audiences, and support artists in the creation of new art.



  • Currently enrolled in a college degree program or a recent college graduate (within six months) 
  • A passion for contemporary art and an eagerness to learn
  • Self-motivation, attention to detail, ability to work without much supervision, and strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to perform varying levels of clerical and/or physical work


  • Professional development experiences and networking opportunities
  • Invitations to studio skill-building demonstrations and tours organized in conjunction with our Residency Program
  • A collaborative work environment to experiment and learn with fellow creatives
  • Participation in an international network of artists
  • PLUS! A one-year Bemis Center Individual Membership

Internships at Bemis Center are unpaid positions. Interns may arrange to receive academic credit, but it is not required. 

Interns work within a Bemis Center department or directly with an artist-in-residence. The staff of that department or artist serve as a guide and mentor for the duration of the internship.

Artist-in-Residence Intern
Artist-in-Residence intern positions vary each semester as Bemis Center helps to tailor the position to the artists-in-residence discipline and projects they may be working on while at Bemis Center. The lists below are examples of the responsibilities and skills for this position.


  • Art handling and materials preparation
  • Artwork production and shop work
  • Sourcing, research, filing, and archiving
  • Documenting work – photography and/or videography
  • Graphic design/website development


  • Enjoy working with materials, sourcing information, and want to gain hands-on experience in the studio
  • Familiarity with various studio practices preferred but not required
  • Interest in contemporary art and art production and/or working as a professional artist

Time commitment: 10 hours per week, days of the week will vary depending on the artist's schedule. Assistance with at least two events per month required.

Communications Intern


  • Work with Communications staff on researching, writing, and editing content for various print and digital communications
  • Assist with online program and event promotions
  • Assist with distributing marketing materials in the community
  • Assist with photo editing and organization
  • Assist with digitizing and indexing archival communications materials


  • Experience writing and editing for a university newspaper and/or academic, nonprofit, or for-profit organization (AP Style and Chicago Manual Style)
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud Design Tools
  • Experience with MS Office software applications and Google Drive
  • Organization, creativity, and professionalism

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

Development Program Intern


  • Work with Development staff on fundraising, donor cultivation, and membership projects and initiatives to financially support Bemis Center programs and operations
  • Assist in maintaining a system for documenting donations and grant awards
  • Assist with planning and executing donor cultivation events
  • Assist with various administrative duties such as preparing mailings, printing and organizing presentation packets, and food and beverage preparation for Board Meetings


  • Experience with database management and impeccable attention to detail
  • Interest in philanthropy, contemporary art, and/or nonprofit organization management

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

Gallery Attendant and Administration Intern


  • Welcome visitors; provide them with gallery guides and promotional material; answer questions and provide information about exhibitions, guided tours, and gallery hours; invite them to sign-up to receive our communications
  • Monitor visitors while they observe the exhibition and ensure they are complying with gallery guidelines
  • Assist the Operations Team with basic administrative tasks


  • Enjoy interacting with the public and working with people of all backgrounds
  • Organized, independent worker with a basic understanding of Google docs, spreadsheets, and calendars and comfortable working with numbers
  • Interest in art gallery or museum administration and/or nonprofit management

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

Exhibitions and Public Programs Intern


  • Assist with preparing gallery spaces for upcoming exhibitions including artwork handling, installation, and de-installation of exhibitions
  • Assist with planning and production of public programs
  • Research artists, community partners, and art organizations


  • Ability to balance several projects at once
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Able to lift and move heavy objects
  • Interest in curatorial or museum work, event planning, art history, or communications
  • Experience or interest in handling artwork in a gallery or sales setting
  • Experience or interest in documenting artwork condition

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

Residency Program Administration Intern


  • Assist with planning and production of Open House / Open Studios and other Residency Program events
  • Assist with gathering alumni news
  • Assist with administration such as data input, research, and organizing information


  • Proficiency in Google Forms and Documents
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite a plus
  • Passion for working directly with artists
  • Desire 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 Abby Fogle 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