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.

Undergraduate Metcalf Internships starting in the Winter Quarter 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 interested in applying for more than one opportunity below, please note you will need to apply for each separately with a unique cover letter specific to that opportunity. If you have any questions, please reach out to Aaron Wilder, Academic Engagement Coordinator: aaronwilder@uchicago.edu

THE DEADLINE FOR ALL METCALF INTERNSHIPS BELOW IS NOVEMBER 15, 2020 BY 11:59PM CENTRAL TIME

Art to Live With Internship
The Art to Live With Intern provides key collections management, curatorial, and programmatic support for the historic Art to Live With student loan program which relaunched in 2017 after being on hiatus since the mid-1980s.
Full details: https://uchicago.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4152065/share_preview

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. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities starting in the Winter Quarter 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 interested in applying for more than one opportunity below, please note you will need to apply for each separately with a unique statement of interest specific to that opportunity. If you have any questions, please reach out to Aaron Wilder, Academic Engagement Coordinator: aaronwilder@uchicago.edu

THE DEADLINE FOR ALL URA OPPORTUNITY BELOW IS NOVEMBER 15, 2020 BY 11:59PM CENTRAL TIME

Metropol Drama Exhibition Undergraduate Research Associate
The Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart Museum of Art seeks an undergraduate for general research into archives and collections for an exhibition scheduled to take place in 2023 under the theme of the Metropol Drama. Working closely with staff of the Feitler Center and Geof Oppenheimer, the exhibition curator and Associate Professor of Practice, Visual Arts, the Associate will assist with early research and general correspondence for this project.
Full details: https://ccrf.uchicago.edu/content/smart-museum-metropol-drama-exhibition-research-associate

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


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. 

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.


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