Information on job, internship, and other opportunities to work at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art.
There are no open staff positions at this time. Please check back in the future.
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
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:
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 Exhibitions and Publications Intern
This position assists the Exhibition and Publications Coordinator with maintaining the paper and electronic systems that are used to manage the Smart Museum exhibitions and publications programs. The Exhibitions and Publications Intern will work hands-on supporting planning and production for the museum’s fall 2020 exhibition and publication projects through managing timelines, checklists, and interpretative materials.
- Assist with maintaining the paper and electronic systems that that are used to manage the Smart Museum exhibitions and publications programs, including: tracking invoices, maintaining exhibition files in TMS, data clean-up, communications with collaborators and vendors, and organizing departmental records for archiving.
- Assist with copyright research and clearance for images used in publications and other museum materials and image file tracking and organization.
- Assist with managing content for interpretative materials used in exhibitions, including object label design, formatting, and production.
- Assist with updating exhibition and publication calendars.
- Other duties as they arise.
Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student. 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 scheduling, database management, Adobe design programs, Microsoft Office, and/or image processing is highly desirable.
Applicants must be available to work approximately 8–10 hours per week during the academic year.
Send cover letter and resume (combined as one .pdf) to Gail Gomez, firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline Saturday, December 14 at 11:59pm.
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.
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.
Starting immediately with year-round employment, approximately 8–15 hours per week.
$12/hour; higher if a multi-session docent cross-training program is completed
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 email@example.com with their request.