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.


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 by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry 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.

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


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. 

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


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. 

Curatorial Intern

This position will be focused on curatorial research supporting the Associate Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art and the Assistant Curator for Academic Initiatives in preparation for two exhibitions opening this Fall 2020: Claudia Wieser: Generations and a Permanent Collection Exhibition (title tbd). Duties will include, but are not limited to, managing exhibition checklists, timelines, floorplans, and interpretive materials, while conducting research into objects in the Smart Museum’s permanent collection as well as into the artistic practice of Claudia Wieser.

Claudia Wieser: Generations is a seven-year survey that highlights the Berlin-based artist’s multidisciplinary practice. The Permanent Collection Exhibition (title tbd) explores works by primarily female-identifying artists in the Smart Museum’s permanent collection and will be cross-historical and cross-geographic in scope.

Duties

Qualifications
Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student (not eligible for recent graduates). Background in Art History, Visual Arts, museums or related fields preferred. 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.

Hours
Should be able to work full-time for 10 weeks during the summer. Able to be flexible with the candidate’s availability. $4,000 stipend.

To apply
Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Jennifer Carty, jcarty@uchicago.edu.


Smart Museum Development Intern

Working with the Smart Museum’s Grant Writer, the Development Intern would help support the Museum’s fundraising and stewardship activities.

Duties

Qualifications
Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student (not eligible for recent graduates). 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. 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.

Hours
Should be able to work full-time for 10 weeks during the summer. Able to be flexible with the candidate’s availability. $4,000 stipend.

To apply
Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Sara Arnas, sarnas@uchicago.edu.


Public Art Intern

Working closely with the Curator of Public Art, the intern will focus on three core projects:  a research project, an exhibition project, and a revamp of the public art website. Art historical research will begin this summer on a major Ruth Duckworth book and exhibition. (Duckworth taught at UC during the late 1960s and 1970s and made a prominent public art work on campus in 1968.) A temporary exhibition project planned for December 2020 – January 2021 will be in a lively phase of production. And, finally, the website will receive a thorough going-over, its content updated and edited for consistency.

Duties

Qualifications
Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student (not eligible for recent graduates). Background in Art History, Visual Arts, or related fields preferred. Must be reliable, self-directed, attentive to detail, and 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.

Hours
Should be able to work full-time for 10 weeks during the summer. Able to be flexible with the candidate’s availability. $4,000 stipend.

To apply
Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Laura Steward, steward@uchicago.edu.  


Public Practice Intern

The student intern will be a vital member of the Public Practice team to support projects across the museum, focusing intensively to support teen engagement.  Teen programming at the Smart Museum provides multivalent opportunities for South Side youth to access their lived experience, step into their creative brilliance, and contribute to civic dialogue through artful expression.  The intern will support our flagship program, produced in partnership with Chicago Housing Authority, where teen participants pursue ambitious real-world, human-centered design projects that will impact the larger community. The work will span sites across campus and the South Side, working on an ambitious multi-year project centered within Washington Park.

Duties

Qualifications
Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student (not eligible for recent graduates). Background in Art History, Visual Arts, community engagement, museums or related fields preferred. 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.  Must have a passion for supporting community and civic engagement, as well as an ability to community with a variety of audiences from K-12 students to teachers and parents to artists and civic leaders.

Hours
Should be able to work full-time for 10 weeks during the summer. Able to be flexible with the candidate’s availability. $4,000 stipend.

To apply
Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Jason Pallas, jpallas@uchicago.edu.


Smart Museum Registration & Collections Data Intern

This position works with the Head and Assistant Registrar to assist in all aspects of museum registration including database and collection documentation, working directly with the electronic and paper systems that catalog, document, and report on both the permanent collection and loans to the Smart Museum. The Registration and Collections Data Intern will learn how museum staff use digital resources to archive and provide access to information about the collection and will develop skills in collections management and documentation. In addition the Registration and Collections Data Intern will assist with routine collections management duties in the Registration office including monthly inventories and integrated pest management.

Duties

Qualifications
Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student (not eligible for recent graduates). Must be reliable, self-directed, attentive to detail, and 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. Knowledge of art and varying artistic media, previous experience with database management, and/or image processing is highly desirable.

Hours
Should be able to work full-time for 10 weeks during the summer. Able to be flexible with the candidate’s availability. $4,000 stipend.

To apply
Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Sara Hindmarch, shindmarch@uchicago.edu.


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.

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
Approximately 8–15 hours per week.

Pay rate
$13/hour

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


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.