Employment

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


Staff positions


Academic Engagement Coordinator

Reporting to the Deputy Director for Academic and Curatorial Affairs (also Director of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry), the Academic Engagement Coordinator is responsible for providing administrative, communications, and logistical support for, and coordination of, the activities of the Feitler Center.

Responsibilities

This position collaborates with staff in multiple Museum departments about areas of shared concern and responsibility, including the Assistant Curator for Academic Initiatives, the Manager of Family Programs and Student Engagement, the Associate Director of Communications, and the Assistant Director of Hospitality and Special Events.

Works extensively on student engagement as well as programs and events for university audiences that are linked to the Smart Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and new initiatives aligned with the mission of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry. Requires excellent communication and organizational skills. Experience with/knowledge about art and art history, university administration, student life, and museum pedagogy highly desirable.

Manage the office of the DDACA/Director of Feitler Center, with a strong focus on prioritization and efficiency.

Coordinate and schedule meetings, maintain the Director’s calendar and update the Museum’s master calendar with Feitler Center events.

Coordinate with other Smart staff to foster an inclusive environment supporting positive social and learning experiences for UChicago students visiting or employed by the Smart Museum

Plan, execute, and staff select Museum events originating with the staff of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry.

Education, Experience, and Certification

Competencies

Preferred qualifications

Compensation
This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week), benefits-eligible position. Compensation depends on qualifications.

To apply
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of references through the University of Chicago jobs portal. Search posting number JR06956.


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 programming across the museum, including family engagement, collaborative arts partnerships, and public programs addressing critical contemporary issues.  Docents are supported through paid training course, mentorship structure, and ongoing training sessions with guest facilitators.

Docent positions are available to University of Chicago students as well as Odyssey Project alumni.

The Smart does not have open docent positions at this time. Please check back in the future. 


University of Chicago student positions

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


Smart Scholars and Undergraduate Research Associates

Smart Scholars
Presented in partnership with the College Center for Research and Fellowships, this program supports research opportunities at the Smart Museum of Art resulting in an original creative work (of visual art, music, dance, writing), exhibition, program, or scholarly essay. Students propose their own projects grounded in academic research (library, database, archive, conservation, materials science laboratory, or other museums) into one or more objects in the Museum’s collection.

Fall 2019 postings—applications now open. For details and information on how to apply, follow the link below to the College Center for Research and Fellowships: 


Smart Undergraduate Research Associates
Undergraduate Research Associates work closely with a mentor—Smart Museum curators, educators, registrars, or conservators—to provide art-related research for specific Museum projects that are already in the planning stages and are scheduled to take place during the term of the student’s position, such as exhibitions or related programming.

Fall 2019 postings—applications now open. For details and information on how to apply, follow the links below to the College Center for Research and Fellowships: 


Internships

University of Chicago undergraduate and graduate 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 during the academic year with full-time positions often available during the summer. 

Smart Museum Art to Live With Intern

The Art to Live With Intern provides key collections management, curatorial, and programmatic support for the Art to Live With student loan program which relaunched in 2017 after being on hiatus since the mid-1980s.

This position provides key support for the Art to Live With student loan program.

Duties

Qualifications
Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student. An interest in art, history, preservation/archiving, museums—along with office or museum experience—is preferred. Strong research, writing, and editing skills a plus. Familiarity with the University of Chicago campus and College Housing is desirable.

This position requires considerable attention to detail and organization, and may require technical hand skills. Applicant must be extremely organized, detail-oriented, possess the ability to see projects through to completion, and be able to work well both with others and independently. Applicant must be highly sensitive to the necessity of confidentiality and accurate record keeping. Knowledge of archiving standards, art, previous experience handling sensitive or delicate materials, and/or database management is highly desirable.

Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel is essential; familiarity with museum database systems (The Museum System) is desirable. Physical demands include the ability to safely handle and transport artwork; the ability to carry moderately heavy objects; the ability to crouch, climb, balance, sit, and stand for long periods of time; and some office work, including typing and data entry. Ability to navigate the entirety of campus. 

Hours
Applicants must be available to work approximately 8-10 hours per week during winter quarter (with the possibility to renew for spring quarter).

To Apply
Send cover letter and resume (combined as one .pdf) to Emily Edwards, emilyedwards@uchicago.edu. Application deadline Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:59pm.


Smart Museum Collections Data and Photography Intern

The Collections Data and Photography Intern works with the Head and Assistant Registrars to assist in all aspects of database and collection documentation, working directly with the paper and electronic systems that catalogue, document, and report on museum collections and loans. This position includes working closely with the Assistant Registrar on data clean-up projects, and preparation of media files for the launch of a new digital asset management system (DAMS).

Duties

Qualifications
Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student. Background in database management, photography, digitalization, and image processing highly desirable. General knowledge of art history and relevant research sources (including online museum collections) desirable. 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 with a strong interest in research and problem-solving. Excellent writing/editing skills and experience with databases desirable. Physical demands include the ability complete office work, including typing, scanning, filing, and data entry. S/he/them should be sensitive to their own physical limitations.

Hours
Applicants must be available to work approximately 8-10 hours per week during winter quarter (with the possibility to renew for spring quarter).

To Apply
Send cover letter and resume (combined as one .pdf) to Sara Hindmarch, shindmarch@uchicago.edu. Application deadline Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:59pm.


Smart Museum Curatorial Research and Archives Intern

Reporting to the Assistant Curator for Academic Initiatives and the Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, this role focuses on researching artworks in the museum’s permanent collection and archiving appropriate findings into the museum’s paper and digital files.

Duties

Qualifications
Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student. Background in art history preferred, but open to all disciplines. Knowledge of research sources and strategies highly desirable. 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 with a strong interest in research and problem-solving. Excellent writing/editing skills and experience with databases desirable. Physical demands include the ability complete office work, including typing, scanning, filing, and data entry. S/he/them should be sensitive to their own physical limitations.

Hours
Applicants must be available to work approximately 8-10 hours per week during winter quarter (with the possibility to renew for spring quarter).

To Apply
Send cover letter and resume (combined as one .pdf) to Berit Ness, bness@uchicago.edu. Application deadline Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:59pm.


Smart Museum Curatorial Research Intern

Reporting to the MacArthur Fellows Program 40th Anniversary Exhibition Curator at the Smart Museum of Art, the Smart Undergraduate Research Associate will provide academic research and curatorial support for the forthcoming exhibition Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40 opening July, 2021 and running until January, 2022. A major exhibition organized on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program. Toward Common Cause will include the work of 30 MacArthur fellows and take place in venues across the city of Chicago. 

Gaining in-depth experience of the exhibition process from initial preparations to installation, the curatorial research intern duties will include, conducting artist research, managing the exhibition checklist, liaising with multiple museum departments, among others. This position will also provide curatorial support for the museum’s permanent collection of modern & contemporary art and additional exhibitions as assigned.

Duties

Qualifications
Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student. Fluency in Spanish highly desirable. Background in Art History, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, English, or Visual Arts preferred, but all majors welcome to apply. 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 with a strong interest in research and problem-solving. Excellent writing/editing skills and experience with databases desirable. Physical demands include the ability complete office work, including typing, scanning, filing, and data entry. S/he/them should be sensitive to their own physical limitations.

Hours
Applicants must be available to work approximately 8-10 hours per week during winter quarter (with the possibility to renew for spring quarter).

To Apply
Send cover letter, resume, and the names of two references (combined as one .pdf) to Abigail Winograd, winograd@uchicago.edu. Application deadline Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:59pm.


Smart Museum Development Intern

The Development Intern would help support the Museum’s fundraising and stewardship activities. Duties include funder research and reporting; assisting with weekly SmartPartners acknowledgements; gathering program data, statistics, and anecdotes; data entry and management of visitor and programmatic surveys; and providing support for events, including assistance with board and committee meeting preparation. This position requires the ability to communicate effectively and professionally in writing, over the phone, and in person; and absolute discretion in working with confidential information.

Duties

Qualifications
Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student. Must be reliable, attentive to detail, highly organized. Must possess the ability to see projects through to completion. Must be able to work well with others and independently, and be able to maintain rigorous standards of security. This position requires the ability to communicate effectively and professionally in writing, over the phone, and in person; and absolute discretion in working with confidential information. Knowledge of art and varying artistic media, previous experience handling sensitive or delicate materials, database management, and/or image processing is highly desirable.

Physical demands include the ability to safely handle and transport artwork; the ability to carry moderately heavy objects; the ability to crouch, climb, balance, sit, and stand for long periods of time; and some office work, including typing and data entry. S/he/them should be sensitive to their own physical limitations.

Hours
Applicants must be available to work approximately 8-10 hours per week during winter quarter (with the possibility to renew for spring quarter).

To Apply
Send cover letter and resume (combined as one .pdf) to Sara Arnas, sarnas@uchicago.edu. Application deadline Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:59pm.


Smart Museum Registration and Exhibitions Archive Intern

The Registration and Exhibitions Archive Intern works with the Associate Registrar and Exhibitions and Publications Coordinator to assist in all aspects of reviewing and archiving material related to the Smart Museum’s exhibitions and outgoing loans program. This will include updating paper and digital files, working with the TMS database, and collaborating with supervisors to develop and document a procedure for future projects.

Duties

Qualifications
Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student. Background in archives highly desirable. General knowledge of art history and relevant research sources (including online museum collections) desirable. 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 with a strong interest in research and problem-solving. Excellent writing/editing skills and experience with databases desirable. Physical demands include the ability complete office work, including typing, scanning, filing, and data entry. S/he/them should be sensitive to their own physical limitations.

Hours
Applicants must be available to work approximately 8-10 hours per week during winter quarter (with the possibility to renew for spring quarter).

To Apply
Send cover letter and resume (combined as one .pdf) to Mary Cochran, mcochran@uchicago.edu. Application deadline Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:59pm.


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
$12/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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