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Museum Internships

Work at the Art Institute!

Curious about careers in museums?

Apply for an internship at the Art Institute of Chicago to work behind the scenes, get professional experience, and connect with art in the museum’s collection. Interns work in the Department of Learning and Public Engagement and support studio programs, gallery tours, youth events, and family festivals. 

Marwen Yearlong Internship 

Marwen Internships take place during the school year and are open to all participating Marwen students in grades 9-12. Applications can be found through Marwen during July, with interviews offered at the Art Institute of Chicago in August. 

After School Matters Summer Internship 

The After School Matters summer internship is open to Chicago high school teens who will be at least 16 years old by the start of the internship. Applications can be found online through the After School Matters website. Check back in May for more details.

Internships for College and Graduate Students are also available.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the Art Institute of Chicago looking for in a teen intern? 

You don’t need prior work experience at an art museum or specific knowledge of art history to join our team. We’re looking for teens from across the city who are excited to share their skills and creativity with their peers and museum visitors. 

What's in it for me? 

Interns get to:

  • Gain valuable leadership, teamwork, and education experiences
  • Get the opportunity to design and offer their own public programs
  • Work closely with professionals working in the arts
  • See first-hand the behind-the-scenes operations of a museum
  • Get free entrance to Art Institute and other museums with museum employee ID
  • Develop professional skills and make contacts for future careers
  • Meet and work with other teens who are also interested in art, museums, and education      

I missed the application deadline. Can I still apply? 

Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications. We hope you will consider applying for this program in the future. Please join us for other Teen Programs events. 

What if I still have questions?

Get in touch! E-mail us at or call 312-857-7161.

How long would it take me to walk the distance of the entire museum and see every work of art in the Art Institute?

We did the math

What’s the largest work of art in the Art Institute’s collection? 

Great question! It’s the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room, which was reconstructed here at the museum.