Employment

Information on job, internship, and other opportunities to work at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art. 


Staff positions

There are no open staff positions at this time. Please check back in the future or visit jobopportunities.uchicago.edu.


Docent program

Smart Museum docents serve as public ambassadors for the Smart Museum and assist the Museum in fulfilling its educational mission as gallery teachers for a range of K-12, University, and adult audiences. Docents also assist with the facilitation of family programming. Docents are required to complete a 12-week mandatory paid training course and attend ongoing training sessions.

Docent positions are available to University of Chicago students (undergraduates preferred) as well as Odyssey Project alumni.

The Smart is not currently seeking new docents. Applications for the next docent cohort will be made available in 2017.


University of Chicago student positions

The following jobs and internships are only available to University of Chicago students.


Internships

University of Chicago students gain direct experience in museum work through year- and summer-long internships in a variety of areas, including our curatorial, registration, education, marketing, and business offices. Qualifications vary by department; all positions are paid and require approximately 10–19 hours of work each week.


Curatorial Intern for Modern Art and Special Exhibitions

The Smart Museum of Art’s Curatorial Intern reports to the Curator of Modern Art and Design and provides support for modern art and special exhibition projects, especially the fall 2017 exhibition Revolution Every Day and its related publication, which primarily address 20th-century Russian and Soviet art.

Duties
Work will focus on:

Qualifications
University of Chicago graduate student or candidate with a BA in art history or related field. Rising seniors with relevant experience and major will also be considered.

Excellent research, proofreading, and organizational skills, and knowledge of both online and print sources of art historical scholarship and documentation. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Excellent interpersonal skills. Flexibility and dependability.

Familiarity with computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Photoshop. Ability to work well on own and on collaborative projects.

Prior museum experience desirable. Knowledge of modern and post-war art required.

Ideally, the candidate would be available summer 2017 and through the upcoming academic year, but candidates for summer through September 2017 will also be considered.

Hours
Beginning June 2017, 10+ hours/week

Pay rate
$14/hour. Work study accepted but not required.

To Apply
To apply, send cover letter and resume to Diane Miliotes, Interim Curator of Modern Art and Design, Smart Museum of Art.


Art to Live With Intern

The Art to Live With Intern assists the Art to Live With Registration and Programming Coordinator located within the Registrar’s office at the Smart Museum of Art. Provide key support in preparation for the relaunch of the Art to Live With student loan program, on hiatus since the mid-1980s.

Duties

Qualifications
University of Chicago student status required, undergraduate and graduate level applicants both welcome. Background check is required. An interest in art collections management preferred, along with previous museum experience. Excellent writing/editing skills a plus. Familiarity with the University of Chicago campus and College Housing is desirable.

Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel is essential; ability to go between PCs and MACs appreciated; familiarity with Adobe Photoshop CC and Bridge, scanning software, and an interest in museum database systems (The Museum System) is desirable.

Applicant must be highly sensitive to the necessity of confidentiality and accurate record keeping and be interested in database management. S/he must be extremely detail-oriented, possess the ability to see projects through to completion, and be able to work well both with others and independently.

Physical Demands include considerable documentation and handling of art objects, including careful handling and photographing.  The ability to crouch, climb, balance, sit, and stand for long periods of time; the ability to safely handle and transport artwork; some office work, including typing, data entry, and phoning. Ability to navigate the entirety of campus. '

Background check is required. College work-study eligibility is desirable but not required.

Hours and pay
This is a paid internship. Applicants must be available to work 10–15 hours a week during the summer, with the possibility of continuing through the fall quarter. Applicants available for both periods are preferred. 

To Apply
To apply, send cover letter and resume to Emily Edwards, Art to Live With Registration and Programming Coordinator, Smart Museum of Art.

Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Start date will preferably be on July 5, 2017 depending on candidate availability.


Curatorial Intern For European Art

The Smart Museum of Art’s Curatorial Intern for European Art assists with: exhibition planning, gallery installations, and other curatorial tasks including research on collection objects and new acquisitions.

Duties

Qualifications
Must be a University of Chicago graduate student or advanced undergraduate in art history or related subject. Knowledge of European art and relevant research sources required. Must work well with others, without close supervision, and be able to maintain rigorous standards of security. Must be reliable, attentive to detail, and highly organized. Excellent writing/editing skills and prior museum experience desirable. A background check is required for this position.

Hours
Should be available to work approximately 10 hours per week starting immediately.

Pay rate
$14/hour. Work study accepted but not required. 

To Apply
To apply, send letter of interest, CV, and names of three references (including current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) to Anne Leonard, Curator of European Art and Interim Senior Director of Academic and Curatorial Initiatives.

Application closing date is June 30, 2017.


Registration Intern

Assist the Registrar’s office at the Smart Museum of Art. Duties include maintaining the electronic and paper records and other documentation that catalog both the permanent collection and loans to the museum, as well as assisting with the movement, packing, storage, and shipment of these objects.

Duties

Qualifications
University of Chicago student status required, undergraduate and graduate level applicants both welcome. Background check is required.

Applicant must be highly sensitive to the necessity of confidentiality and absolutely accurate record keeping and be familiar with database management, networking, and image processing. S/he must be extremely detail-oriented, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, possess the ability to see projects through to completion, and be able to work well both with others and independently.

A concentration in art history preferred, along with previous office or museum experience. Familiarity with PCs, Microsoft Word and Excel is essential; familiarity with Adobe Photoshop CS2, scanning software, and The Museum System (TMS) is desirable.

Physical demands include the ability to see and write or type; the ability to lift and carry moderately heavy objects; the ability to crouch, climb, balance, sit, and stand for long periods of time; the ability to safely handle and transport artworks; and the ability to withstand various outdoor temperatures.

Hours
Position is available for summer 2017 (18 hours a week) and 2017–2018 academic year (10 hours a week). Applicants available for both periods are preferred, however position may be split into two periods depending on applicant pool and availability.

Pay rate
$14/hour

To Apply
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Sara Hindmarch, Head Registrar, Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago. Review of applicants will begin on June 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. 


Baristas

Café Attendants are an integral part of the hospitality team at the Smart Museum and ensure that our patrons have a welcoming, positive experience in the Smart Café. Café attendants are responsible for serving coffee and prepared foods to patrons of the Smart Museum, as well as selling gift shop merchandise. We are looking for friendly, personable students who would enjoy working in a museum setting. Work schedules are flexible quarterly to fit around a student’s class schedule.

Qualifications
University of Chicago student. Strong interpersonal and customer service skills required. Interest in visual art encouraged. Previous food service or retail experience preferred, but not required. Work study eligible.

Hours
Starting immediately with year-round employment, approximately 8–15 hours per week.

Pay rate
Starts at $10/hour plus tips.

To apply
To apply, please fill out an application at the Museum’s information desk. Applications are always accepted. If you have questions, contact Kate Kelly, Café and Gift Shop Manager.


Gallery Attendants

The Smart Museum of Art’s Gallery Attendants are responsible for maintaining security within the Smart Museum gallery and lobby areas during public hours. Within this role, the Gallery Attendant acts as a public representative of the Museum and the University by greeting patrons and providing information as needed. Work schedules are flexible quarterly and can be designed to fit around a student’s class schedule. Docents who wish to receive additional working hours at the Museum are strongly encouraged to apply and will receive a premium hourly rate.

Qualifications
University of Chicago student. Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Interest in visual art encouraged. Ability to stand for long periods of time. Work-study encouraged, but not required.

Hours
Starting immediately with year-round employment, approximately 8–15 hours per week.

Pay rate
$10/hour; higher if a multi-session docent cross-training program is completed

To apply
To apply, please fill out an application at the Museum’s information desk. Applications are always accepted.


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