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Experience—firsthand—the inner workings of one of the world’s major art institutions—both a museum and a school.
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Whether you help in creating and leading a tour of the galleries or participate behind the scenes building marketing strategies, developing financial analysis, or providing technical support, as an intern you’ll get hands-on experience with our skilled team of professionals and an immersive view of the various areas of expertise that contribute to the museum’s success.

We expect you to not only gain valuable skill sets and learn about workplace interactions, but also gain further insight into your professional interests. 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 lending a hand with research. 

In addition to getting in-depth exposure to the museum and school, Art Institute Internships also offer:

  • Free admission to the Art Institute and other Chicago cultural institutions
  • Access to events and exhibitions at the museum
  • Discounts for the museum’s shops and restaurants

See currently available internships.

Special Internship Programs

For internship opportunities designed especially for high-school students, see our Opportunities for Teens.


How can I find out about internships?
All available internships are updated and listed here.

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.

Which internships are paid?
Internships vary from department to department, and are paid, unpaid, or for academic credit. Internship pay status is included in the posting.

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 unofficial or official transcript documents and will be listed in the posting if needed.

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.

Are phone interviews allowed?
Yes, and an in-person interview will be scheduled if required for the recruitment process.

Do you offer housing?
Housing arrangements are not provided for interns. It is the intern’s responsibility to obtain his/her housing. However, we do have dorm rentals for summer interns. Contact the School of the Art Institute’s Department of Residence Life at (312) 629-6870 or for more information.

How long does it typically take to hear back about an internship application?
The Art Institute receives a large number of internship applications, so it can take several weeks to process and review them all. Those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by phone or email.

Is there someone I can call to follow up on my internship application?
No. Due to the large number of applicants, we contact only those applicants selected for an interview.

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


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