UChicago Students

Meet friends, get creative

Outside the classroom, the Smart Museum engages with University of Chicago students to create a vibrant and creative community on campus.

Get creative, hang out, and escape the grind with free art-looking and art-making activities on Thursday nights. Fuel your morning with a cup of the finest coffee on campus, find a quiet spot in the sculpture garden to read in the afternoon sun, and escape the stacks for an inspirational evening study break with friends.

Or just drop by and discover all we have to offer—the Smart is always free and is open to all.

Thursday NightS

Meet up with your friends and fellow UChicago students on Thursday nights at the Smart. We're open until at least 8 pm every Thursday during the school year, and offer a range of free creative and inspirational programs on select nights. 

Study at the Smart

Once a quarter during reading period, the Smart's galleries are transformed into a late-night study hall open to UChicago students.

Study at the Smart, 2016–2017 academic year

December 1, 2016, 9 pm–midnight
March 9, 2017, 9 pm–midnight
June 1, 2017, 9 pm–midnight

Tables, chairs, and power outlets are scattered throughout the Museum, offering you an inspirational environment where you can prepare for finals next to modern masterpieces, ancient Chinese vessels, Old Master paintings, and contemporary sculpture.

The late night sessions include free coffee, pizza, snacks, massages and stress relieving activities. Each study night is presented in collaboration with UChicago ArtsPass and the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness and Uncommon Nights.

Student advisory committee

The Smart's education team works together with a student advisory committee to produce UChicago-oriented programs that make social, intellectual, and creative connections across campus. Open to a select group of UChicago students, the advisory committee meets regularly to plan events, build audiences, and evaluate the results. The committee offers students an opportunity to gain museum-world experience and build marketable skills around the public and educational operations of a cultural institution.

Applications to join the Student Advisory Committee will be made available again in spring 2018.


Job opportunities

Through our student docent and internship programs, the Smart Museum has played a vital role in cultivating and training a generation of museum professionals, educators, and scholars.

The employment opportunities are numerous—over ninety students work at the Smart each year—and include long-term internships in a variety of departments, docent positions, and other jobs that are crucial to the day-to-day operation of the Museum.


Student programs at the Smart are supported by the UChicago Arts Pass and the University of Chicago Arts Council