Volunteer Programs

The San Antonio Museum of Art is looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals to volunteer their time to assist with a variety of programs and projects. The Museum would not be what it is today without the dedicated volunteers that serve, educate, and welcome Museum visitors.  All volunteer positions are unpaid; interviews and background checks are required. 


The Museum needs enthusiastic people who enjoy public speaking and working with a variety of museum patrons of all ages, especially school‐aged children. Docents must have a sincere interest in art and history, though no formal background is required in either subject area. 

Becoming a San Antonio Museum of Art Docent is a commitment:

  • Interviews: Before the entering the training program, candidates participate in a group interview and learn about the program from active docents.  The next interview/ preview sessions will take place June 28, July 12, August 9, from 4–6 p.m.
  • Orientation and training: New docents entering the program must attend a five day orientation August 29-September 2, 2016. Following orientation, weekly training classes are held on Mondays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. throughout the school year. Trainings focus on the Museum's collection, age‐appropriate tour techniques, inquiry methods, and gallery activities. 
  • Time commitment: Candidates must be able to commit at least three years to the program.
    • Year 1: Participate in weekly training.
    • Year 2: Participate in monthly training sessions focused on tour development and lead school tours at least one half‐day per school day week 
    • Year 3+: Participate in monthly continuing education trainings and lead school tours at least one half‐day per school day week 
  • Knowledge: Become proficient in all school tour themes offered by the education department, covering every collection area in the Museum.
  • Email access: Maintain functioning email and internet access.
  • Membership: Become a Museum Member at your preferred level.

To apply, please submit the following materials:

Recruitment Flyer

Visitor Services Volunteers 

Visitor Services Volunteers greet and informa Museum visitors and help with Musuem programs as needed. Visitor Services Volunteers provide information about the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and programming as well as general Museum information. Applicants must be enthusiastic, comfortable talking to visitors, and interested in art and history. 

We are not currently accepting applications. Please check back at a later time. 



Summer Internship Deadline – March 15, 2017 (first round), May 1, 2017 (second round)
Fall Internship Deadline – July, 15, 2016 (first round), September 1, 2016 (second round)
Spring Internship Deadline – November 15, 2016 (first round), January 1, 2017 (second round)


The San Antonio Museum of Art Internship program is available to matriculated college and master's-degree students, as well as recent high school graduates and graduates of undergraduate or graduate programs. To be considered a recent graduate, applicants must have graduated no more than one year prior to submitting their application.

If you are ineligible for the internship program as you do not meet the above-listed qualifications, but would like to increase your involvement with the Museum with greater depth, consider our San Antonio Museum of Art Volunteer Associate Program.

To view Fall 2016 Internship Opportunities, click here.

To apply for a position as an Intern, please submit the following materials:

  • Intern Application_Updated
  • Résumé
  • Letter of Interest:  Describe how your interests, skill sets, and experiences might relate to the department(s) you have selected on your application, and explain your broader interest in the museum/art field and what led you to apply for the San Antonio Museum of Art Internship Program. (limit one page, approx. 500-750 words)
  • Two letters of Recommendation: Recommenders are asked to submit letters independent of applicant. If by e-mail, please use the following subject title: “Letter of Recommendation_APPLICANT NAME_RECOMMENDER NAME”
  • Background Check