2024-2025 Frances Blakemore and Griffith Way Internships

Seattle, WA
Student (College)

2024-2025 Frances Blakemore & Griffith Way Internships

Application Deadline: August 1, 2024

  • For Master’s and PhD students enrolled at University of Washington
  • Fields of study include East Asian art and Chinese, Japanese, or Korean art history
  • Stipend estimated at $2,863 per month
  • Time commitment is 20 hours per week, for 12 weeks


Seattle Art Museum is committed to offering meaningful career development opportunities to graduate and advanced undergraduate students at the University of Washington. The Blakemore Foundation supports our goal of furthering scholarship in Asian art and culture by generously sponsoring the Frances Blakemore & Griffith Way Internship Program. These internships enable students to gain professional research experience, work directly with SAM’s East Asian art collection, and participate in major exhibition and publication projects.

Under the mentorship of SAM’s Asian art curators, interns will gain intimate knowledge about the day-to-day responsibilities of a curator, enhance their knowledge of Asian art, and gain practical experience in an area directly related to their studies. Interns will have the opportunity to network internationally with top scholars in their field, plan and implement scholarly programs and symposia, and speak to the public through gallery talks and docent training presentations.

The unwavering goal of this program is to provide promising students of Asian art and Asian studies with outstanding opportunities to intern at a top ranked Asian art museum. The internship program furthers the Blakemore Foundation’s mission of advancing the study of Asian art and culture by fostering new scholarship in the field. As interns gain hands-on experience in a museum environment, the museum benefits from the specialized knowledge of Asian art, language, and culture that interns bring to the departments they support.



The internship period is for the Autumn, Winter, or Spring quarters of the 2024-2025 academic year. The expectation is that interns will work 20 hours per week.



Interns will receive a quarterly stipend through the University of Washington equivalent to a Level 2 UW graduate teaching assistant rate, estimated at $8,589 ($2,863 per month for pay periods running through Autumn 2024, Winter 2025, or Spring 2025).

Each internship will include a waiver of tuition and most fees for the quarter, including the resident operating fee, the building fee, and the technology fee.



Graduate students currently enrolled at University of Washington in the Art History or Henry M. Jackson School’s Asian Studies departments are preferred.

Students enrolled in other UW programs will also be considered, including those skilled in East Asian languages or experienced with the study of material culture.

All applicants are required to have completed at least two art history classes in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean art prior to applying.


This year SAM will host two Frances Blakemore & Griffith Way Internships in support of ongoing work related to our East Asian Art collections.

Frances Blakemore & Griffith Way Intern for Chinese Art

This intern will work under the supervision of Dr. Foong Ping, Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art, and will assist with research and art rotations at Seattle Asian Art Museum. Please note: this internship is for the Fall 2024 academic quarter only and requires at least one course in Chinese art or art history to apply.


Frances Blakemore & Griffith Way Intern for East Asian Art

This intern will work closely with curatorial staff in support of ongoing research and display of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean art at Seattle Asian Art Museum. Please note: this internship is for either the Winter or Spring 2025 academic quarters only.


All interns in this program will have opportunities to work with the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas (CAAI), key international institutions with Asian expertise, and local specialist partners to present an ambitious and exciting lineup of programs. While assisting on projects at SAM, the intern will work directly with the curator, curatorial coordinators, educators, registrars, IT staff, and conservators, as well as partnering scholars.



All application materials are due by August 1, 2024. This includes:

  • Internship application (submitted online through SAM's Careers page)
  • Resume
  • Personal statement explaining your reasons for applying to this program. Your statement should include:
    • What you feel you can contribute to the department in which you are applying
    • What you hope to gain from the experience
  • Writing sample (10 pages max.)
  • Current transcript (Unofficial transcripts are allowed)

Please note: Letters of Recommendation are NOT required for the Frances Blakemore and Griffith Way Internships Program, but are welcome.

Online applications are only accepted through SAM's Careers Page at https://seattleartmuseum.applytojob.com/apply or through email to [email protected]


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