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Open your eyes to the inner workings of a museum with one of the largest encyclopedic collections in the world.

Lead a gallery talk featuring original works of art. Participate behind the scenes in building marketing strategies, financial analysis, technical support, merchandising, and other resource areas that support the institution.

It is part of our vocation at the Art Institute of Chicago to ensure that our interns receive an educational and valuable experience while engaging with our skilled team of professionals. As an intern, you will complete various tasks related to department initiatives, while collaborating with industry experts. This includes, and is not limited to, assisting in daily departmental activities, taking part in special projects, and research opportunities. We expect you to not only gain valuable skill sets and learn about workplace interactions, but also gain further insight into your professional interests.

View a list of currently available internships.

The Art Institute is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity in all aspects of employment without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, parental status, military or former military status, and any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law. Discrimination against any employee, applicant, or third party based on any of these violates the Art Institute's policy and is absolutely prohibited.

Who is eligible to apply?

Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at a university, college, or community college as well as recent college graduates. A major in art history or fine art is not essential.

Are internships paid?

Internships vary from department to department and are, paid, unpaid or for academic credit.

Can I receive academic credit for my internship?

You are responsible for making appropriate arrangements with your schools and internship managers to receive credit for internships.

What are the hours for internships?

Hours vary and are flexible; however, a minimum of 14 hours per week is generally expected.

Are transcripts necessary?

Specific internships will require the unofficial or official documents and will be listed in the posting if needed.

May I reapply?

Yes, please reapply after every academic semester or quarter if you would like to be reconsidered.

Are phone interviews allowed?

Yes, and an in-person interview will be scheduled if required for the recruitment process.

Are there specific start and end dates to the internship?

Typically internships are held in the winter/spring, summer and fall semesters. Dates are negotiable based on school requirements.

In addition to gaining a rewarding experience, Art Institute Internships also offer:

  • Exposure to art lectures and exhibitions at the museum
  • Free admission to the Art Institute and other Chicago cultural institutions
  • Discounts to museum shops and restaurants

Here's are some fun and useful links to check out:

ARTicle (the Art Institute blog)
Gene Siskel Film Center
SAIC's Career and Professional Experience Internships (CAPX)