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Ways to Volunteer

The Art Institute is looking for dedicated, reliable, and energetic individuals who would like to experience this world-famous institution from the inside—as a volunteer!

Join the over 800 volunteers who help make this institution feel like home to members and visitors from across the world. The Art Institute consists of both the museum and the school, and there are opportunities available in both.

We are looking for individuals who would like to share their love for this museum and its iconic collection with a diverse and global audience.

Public Contact Opportunities

Visitor Engagement Volunteers

We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic, and outgoing volunteers to direct and inform our visitors in the coming year. These volunteers are the face of the museum to both our members and the public and make sure that everyone who walks through our entrance is greeted warmly and has the most up-to-date information available about the museum, its collections and programs, and the city of Chicago. These volunteers staff info desks and kiosks, or they are on the move throughout the museum and its galleries, looking for visitors who need assistance. 

Greeter Volunteers

Greeters need to be able to be physically active for a shift of three to four hours, exhibit excellent customer engagement skills, and have the ability to represent the museum in a positive way. Being multilingual is a plus. Training consists of two half-days followed by three mentoring sessions.

Information Volunteers

Information volunteers help at the various information desks/kiosks located throughout the museum. Volunteers at these stations are able to sit down for periods of time but an active engagement with our visitors is encouraged. Computer and iPad experience and phone skills are required. Training consists of two half-days followed by three mentoring sessions.

School of the Art Institute Volunteer Opportunities

Fashion Resource Center

The Fashion Resource Center maintains a unique hands-on collection of late 20th- and 21st-century designer garments and accessories representative of extreme innovation. The center's singular nature is defined not only by the visitor's ability to handle the apparel but also by the extensive visual, print, and fabric reference collection that support and illuminate the garments and the study of attire. These elements combine to provide students and guests with a creative and educational environment in which to explore the most progressive achievements in the world of dress and fashion. The volunteer serves a vital role helping to keep the FRC open during extended hours.


All applicants who are members get first priority for interviews.

Please fill out our online volunteer application form.

If you have any questions about the Volunteer Program or various positions, please feel free to contact Michael Mitchell at or at (312) 443-3504.