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.


University of Chicago student positions

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


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.

2021–2022 PhD-Level Opportunities at the Smart

PATHS Graduate Internship

Presented in partnership with UChicago GRAD, PATHS graduate internships are open to UChicago PhD students in the Humanities Division, the Social Sciences Division, and the Divinity School. Full-time over the summer and part-time during the academic year, PATHS graduate interns are paid a $6,000 stipend for working 250-300 hours.

Art to Live With Graduate Curatorial Internship
The Smart Museum of Art is seeking a PATHS-eligible Ph.D. student for an academic year internship. Building off a period of collections growth from 2017-2019, the PATHS intern will contribute in a curatorial capacity to a year-long acquisitions initiative by providing  support in the research, selection, and acquisition of objects for the Art to Live With collection and the intern will report to the Manager of Museum Affairs and Art to Live With. Application deadline: Sunday, August 15 at 11:59 pm Central.

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Mellon Graduate Internship

About the Mellon Graduate Internship
The Mellon Graduate Intern for the 2021–22 academic year will provide support for the Smart Museum’s upcoming exhibitions, Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan and Japanese Prints: Highlights of the Brooks McCormick Jr. Collection (working title), scheduled to open in early 2024. Working directly with Associate Professor and curator Chelsea Foxwell, the Mellon Intern will plan and implement data collection and visualization in order to document the artistic exchanges that provide the foundation of the exhibition. The Intern will also provide additional general exhibition and artist research. The intern may also have the opportunity to assist with the production of the catalog and to publish their research as part of the larger exhibition project; this may take the form of an artist profile or a short catalog entry that would be published in the exhibition’s catalog or website.  
 
Eligibility
PhD students in good standing at the University of Chicago in the areas of Anthropology, Art History, East Asian Languages & Civilizations, and History

Principal Responsibilities
Principal responsibilities include working closely with Professor Chelsea Foxwell and the exhibition team to manage and contribute to data collection and visualization of Japanese art in the 19th and 20th centuries; prepare the exhibition catalog; and conduct research on exhibition themes and artists.  

Skills that will be gained from this experience
The Curatorial Intern will contribute research for a major exhibition of Japanese art from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The intern will gain in-depth knowledge of the curatorial and exhibition process. They will gain editorial skills and knowledge related to publishing an exhibition catalog. They will also learn about and practice writing for art museums.  

Preferred Skills
Excellent writing, research, editing and communication skills, attention to detail, and a high degree of organization. Priority given to students with experience in East Asian art and visual culture research. A working proficiency in Japanese is preferred. 

Stipend
$2,000 for 8-15 hrs/week per quarter (at least one quarter Fall 2021–Spring 2022; maximum stipend of $6,000 for all three quarters)—actual time commitment will be based on project needs and student availability, to be discussed and agreed upon between the internship mentor and the selected student.

To apply
Send a CV and letter detailing interest and relevant research and linguistic skills to Aaron Wilder at aaronwilder@uchicago.edu. Deadline: Applications must be received no later than Sunday, August 15 at 11:59 pm Central.


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), 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.

Call for proposals: Smart Scholars proposal submission deadline for the 2021–2022 academic year is Sunday, August 29, 2021, by 11:59 pm Central.


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. 


2021–2022 Opportunities for MAPH Students at the Smart

Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine Exhibition MAPH Curatorial Internship

General Description
Reporting to the Associate Curator for Modern & Contemporary Art and the Curator for Global Contemporary Art (with the Director of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart Museum), the MAPH Curatorial Intern will provide academic research, curatorial support, and programming support for the forthcoming exhibition Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine (opening February 2022). This large-scale traveling exhibition (with an exhibition catalog) is the first museum survey in twenty years centered on the work of African American artist Bob Thompson (1937–1966). Thompson’s brief but prolific career reinterprets historical European painting through the chromatic key of the Fauves and wrestles with the Western canon, encoding new allegories within Old Master compositions. This exhibition will introduce new audiences to an overlooked artist and will examine how legacies of dispossession, exile, and diaspora shape aesthetic ownership.
 
Eligibility
All MAPH students at the University of Chicago are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students in the MAPH/Art History and MAPH/Art History/Curatorial Option programs.

Principal Responsibilities
Assisting the Curators and the Director of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry with research, interpretation, communications, and programming in association with a traveling exhibition at the Smart Museum of Art in 2022. Gaining experience of the exhibition process, the MAPH Curatorial Intern’s duties will include:

Fall Quarter: Manage the exhibition checklist, didactics, layout, and prepare materials for internal distribution.  Study the exhibition catalog.

Winter Quarter: Assist with the installation of the exhibition and begin planning a spring student symposium thematically linked to the Bob Thompson exhibition. May assist with additional public and academic programming for the exhibition.

Spring Quarter: Implement a student symposium and archive the exhibition documents.

This position may also provide support for the curatorial department such as permanent collection research and additional duties as assigned.

Skills that will be gained from this experience
The Curatorial Intern will gain experience of the curatorial and exhibitions process at a university art museum, while designing a student research symposium.

Preferred Skills
Excellent writing, editing and communication skills, close attention to detail, and a high degree of organization.

Stipend
$1,600 8–10 hours/week per quarter during the 2021–2022 academic year (maximum stipend of $4,800 for all three quarters); hybrid position (on-site at the Smart Museum and independent remote work).

To apply
E-mail cover letter detailing interest in the position, CV, names of two references, and unofficial transcript to Aaron Wilder, Academic Engagement Coordinator, Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago: aaronwilder@uchicago.edu.

Deadline: Applications must be received no later than Monday, August 30 at 11:59 pm Central.


Smart to the Core: Medium / Image Exhibition MAPH Curatorial Internship

General Description
Reporting to the Director of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, this MAPH-level curatorial internship supports academic research, programming, and engagement for Smart to the Core: Medium / Image, an exhibition organized by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart Museum, (opening on September 23, 2021) This exhibition will be used as primary source material for teaching by a team of Humanities faculty in the University of Chicago Core curriculum three-quarter course “Media Aesthetics,” which will enroll 350 College students this year. The course considers philosophical and aesthetic debates about how different types of media impact the way our world is represented and perceived.

Bringing together paintings, photographs, prints, and new media, this conceptually-driven exhibition will speak to the historicity of Western civilization’s relationship with media and examine notions of the gaze and gendered modes of seeing, mimesis and indexicality, the politics of aesthetic reception, and racialized representations of beauty in visual culture. In doing so, Smart to the Core: Medium / Image seeks to interrogate ethical, political, and epistemological debates about images and perception. The exhibition includes artworks by Abraham van Beyeren, Southworth & Hawes, Childe Hassam, Edward Steichen, Marcel Duchamp, James Van Der Zee, Sherrie Levine, Kerry James Marshall, Gerhard Richter, Dawoud Bey, Lorna Simpson, Eve Sussman, Endia Beal, Laura Letinsky, Daniel Rozin.  
 
Eligibility
All MAPH students at the University of Chicago are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students in the MAPH/Art History and MAPH/Art History/Curatorial Option programs.

Principal Responsibilities
Gaining experience with exhibitions and academic programming at a university art museum, the MAPH Curatorial Intern will report to the Director of the Feitler Center and work closely with all of the staff at the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry over the course of the year:

Fall Quarter: Guided by the Assistant Curator for Academic Initiatives, the intern studies the exhibition, provides research support for faculty and students utilizing the exhibition, assists with some public programming for the exhibition, and plans a student symposium to take place in winter quarter.

Winter Quarter: Guided by the Coordinator of Academic Engagement, the intern will assist with academic programming for the project by organizing an undergraduate symposium and assisting with related events.

Spring Quarter: After the exhibition and its programming concludes, the Intern will contribute to collections-based research that furthers university teaching at the museum. Other related duties as required.

Skills that will be gained from this experience
The Curatorial Intern will gain experience of the curatorial and exhibitions process at a university art museum, while designing a student research symposium.

Preferred Skills
Excellent writing, organization, communication skills; close attention to detail; ability to work both collaboratively and independently; research experience around art and the broader humanities.

Stipend
$1,600 8–10 hours/week per quarter during the 2021–2022 academic year (maximum stipend of $4,800 for all three quarters); hybrid position (on-site at the Smart Museum and independent remote work).

To apply
E-mail cover letter detailing interest in the position, CV, names of two references, and unofficial transcript to Aaron Wilder, Academic Engagement Coordinator, Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago: aaronwilder@uchicago.edu.

Deadline: Applications must be received no later than Monday, August 30 at 11:59 pm Central.


Transpacific Art Histories MAPH Curatorial Internship

General Description
Reporting to the Curator of Global Contemporary Art, the Graduate Curatorial Intern will provide support for the Smart Museum’s upcoming exhibition, The Transpacific: Charting Artistic Exchanges across the Pacific Ocean (working title), scheduled to open Fall 2023. Working with the Curator of Global Contemporary Art, the Curatorial Intern will research key artists, art movements and historical events in preparation for the exhibition. The Intern will support the planning of the Convening Conference for the exhibition to be held in Winter Quarter 2022. They will also provide additional general exhibition and bibliographic research. The intern may also have the opportunity to publish their research as part of the larger exhibition project; this may take the form of an artist profile or a short essay that would be published in the exhibition’s catalog or website.
 
Eligibility
All MAPH students at the University of Chicago are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students in the MAPH/Art History and MAPH/Art History/Curatorial Option programs.

Principal Responsibilities
Principle responsibilities include: working closely with the Curator of Global Contemporary and exhibition team to research exhibition artists, art movements and related themes; coordinate and plan the Convening Conference scheduled for Winter Quarter 2022; and develop exhibition bibliographies.

Skills that will be gained from this experience
The Curatorial Intern will contribute research for a ground-breaking exhibition that reconsiders Eurocentric art historical narratives by focusing on artistic exchanges across the Pacific Ocean. The intern will gain in-depth knowledge of the curatorial and exhibition process. They will gain organizational skills necessary to plan and execute an academic conference. They will also learn about and practice writing for art museums.

Preferred Skills
Excellent writing, research, editing and communication skills, close attention to detail, and a high degree of organization. Priority given to students with experience in transnational research, especially that which considers two or more countries that boarder the Pacific Ocean. A working proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese is preferred.

Stipend
$1,600 8-10 hours/week per quarter during the 2021-2022 academic year (maximum stipend of $4,800 for all three quarters); hybrid position (on-site at the Smart Museum and independent remote work).

To apply
E-mail cover letter detailing interest in the position, CV, names of two references, and unofficial transcript to Aaron Wilder, Academic Engagement Coordinator, Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago: aaronwilder@uchicago.edu.

Deadline: Applications must be received no later than Monday, August 30 at 11:59 pm Central.


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. 


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