Headlands Center for the Arts

Employment, Internship, & Volunteer Opportunities

Headlands Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing a supportive, creative and stimulating work environment where staff and interns are encouraged to reach their full potential and are recognized for their contributions to the organization.

Current Openings & Opportunities

Click on the job titles below to learn more.

Internship Program General Information

Headlands’ internship programs offer students and graduates across all disciplines and interests the opportunity to engage in the behind the scenes of a non-profit art center. Interns provide support for a wide range of Headlands’ activities including public events, artist programs, and the management of day-to-day operations. We welcome applications from driven, curious, and thoughtful individuals with an interest in supporting Headlands’ unique mission.

2016 Internship Information

Live-in Program internship periods: Spring (March-June), Summer (June-August), Fall (September-November), Winter (December-February)

Live-in internships are 30 hours/week. 

Live-out internship periods: Ongoing, 6-month commitment ideal, but not required.

Live-out internships in Development, Communications, and Operations are 8-16 hours a week.

Contact Madeleine Wilhite for an overview of internship descriptions and more information on how to apply.

Volunteer Opportunities

Fall Open House | Sunday, July 17 | 12PM – 5PM
Roam the various buildings of our campus, engage with artists in their studios, experience new work and works in progress, see performances, hear readings, and stay for a housemade lunch at our Fall Open House. Volunteer your time to help us with the production, and you’ll receive lunch for free. Choose a time and a task to join the fun. Email Brittany with questions, and to sign up by October 10.

Choose a Time:
Morning shift: 11:30AM-2:30PM
Afternoon shift: 2:15-5:15PM

Choose a Task:
Outside Greeting and Info Table
You will:    Greet visitors, hand out programs, provide orientation
We need:    2 volunteers per shift

Mess Hall Café Support
You will:    Help our talented kitchen team serve lunch in the Café
We need:    3 volunteers per shift (volunteer with friends!

You will:    Take money / make change in the Mess Hall Café
We need:   1 volunteer per shift
Volunteer Photographer
You will:    Roam the campus and capture the event in action
We need:   1 volunteer per shift
Headlands will provide lunch for all volunteers!

Questions? Email Brittany.


Project Space Exhibition Opening | Sunday, October 30 | 3 – 5PM
Two Artists in Residence create new exhibitions in Headlands’ Project Spaces. Chris Duncan’s These Are Not Fall Colors and Alejandro Guzmán’s Ganggang II open to the public, on Sunday, October 30. We’re looking for one volunteer to help greet visitors and pour water & wine. Lend a hand and we’ll provide you with a voucher for a free lunch at our next Open House. Email Brittany to sign up!

Exhibition Opening Support
Shift:          2-5:30PM
You will:    Greet visitors, pour water & wine
We need:    1 volunteer


Sunday Supper | Sunday, October 30 | 5:30PM
Have dinner with Headlands—just because—at our new seasonal supper, crafted and cooked by Headlands’ Chef Damon Little and served family-style in our historic, artist-renovated Mess Hall. We’re looking for 3 volunteers to bring food to the tables, clear dishes, and pour wine. Help out and you’ll receive this fabulous dinner on Headlands. Email Brittany to join the fun.

Mess Hall Café Support
Shift: 4:30-8:30PM
You will: Bring food to the tables, clear dishes, and pour wine
We need: 3 volunteers


Public Domain | Sunday, November 6 | 4:30PM Conversation, 6:30PM Dinner
Architecture & design writer Allison Arieff joins artist Jonas Dahlberg in conversation on how Dahlberg’s projects figure in the current state of public art and architecture projects, memorialization, monuments, urban planning, and public engagement. The conversation will be followed by dinner made by Headlands’ Chef Damon Little. By volunteering at the dinner, you’ll receive a free ticket to the conversation, plus dinner on us. Email Brittany to sign up.

Mess Hall Café Support
Shift: 6-7:30PM
You will: Bring food to the tables, clear dishes, and pour wine
We need: 2 volunteers (volunteer with a friend!)


Lights Out! | Thursday, November 17 | 7PM
We’re cutting the power! Come party with us before we go into hibernation mode for the winter. Bring your flashlight (or your headlamp, if you prefer hands-free fun), and get ready for a party with movement and music performances by Project Space artists Chris Duncan and Alejandro Guzmán, a solo set by singer/songwriter Thao Nguyen, food, drinks, dancing in the Mess Hall, and other self-illuminating surprises. Email Brittany to lend a hand!

Choose a Shift:
First Shift: 4-7PM
You will: Assist with set-up for Lights Out!
We need: 2 volunteers

Second Shift: 6:30-9PM
You will: Help direct visitors and equip guests with information
We need: 2 volunteers


Email bficken@headlands.org to sign up or to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Headlands Center for the Arts.