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

Staff positions


The Smart Museum Preparator supports the Museum’s permanent collection, academic engagement, exhibition, and facilities activity. Reporting to the Associate Director of Exhibition Design and Production, the Preparator regularly collaborates with curators, faculty, students, galleries, institutions, artists and community partner organizations and the public. The Preparator will support the Smart’s efforts to provide access to collections and loaned works through its Feitler Center academic engagement, public practice and exhibition programs. The Preparator will work closely with curators and other exhibition staff to supervise and participate in exhibition installation, rotations, and deinstallation and works closely with the Feitler Center staff to facilitate the active use of collection and loaned artworks by faculty and students for classes and research visits, and colleagues in public practice to support use of the collection for our public engagement programming.

This is a 35 hour per week benefits eligible grant funded 12-month position. While we hope to secure funding to continue the position after 12 months, the current position is only funded for one year.

To Apply
For job seekers that do not currently work at the University of Chicago, please review additional details and submit an application through the UChicago job portal (posting #JR10511).

For candidates who are current UChicago employees (including temporary or student employees), please log in to Workday and apply via the Career Worklet. 

University of Chicago student positions

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


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.

Typical application cycle: as needed, but generally post a few months in advance of each academic quarter.

Smart Scholars and Undergraduate Research Associates

Smart Scholars

Presented by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, 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.

Typical application cycle: positions post in the fall.

Smart Undergraduate Research Associates

Presented in partnership with the College Center for Research and Fellowships, 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. 

Typical application cycle: Positions post in spring through fall for the next academic year. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities for Summer 2021 are listed below. Each opportunity below includes a link for the full position description, eligibility requirements, and application instructions. Only UChicago undergraduate students are eligible and some positions have additional eligibility requirements. If you have any questions, please reach out to Aaron Wilder, Academic Engagement Coordinator: aaronwilder@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 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. 

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information, please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination. Academic job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773.702.5671 or email ACOppAdministrator@uchicago.edu with their request. Staff job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773.834.1841 or email talentacquisition@uchicago.edu with their request.