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Volunteer Opportunities


The Art Institute welcomes 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 the museum feel like home to members and visitors from across the world.
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Visitor Engagement Volunteers
Enthusiastic and outgoing, visitor engagement volunteers are the face of the museum to both our members and the public. They make sure that everyone who walks through our doors is greeted warmly and has the most up-to-date information available about the museum, our collections and programs, and the city of Chicago. These volunteers both staff information desks and kiosks and 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’s 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 supports and illuminates the garments and the study of attire. Volunteers serve a vital role in helping to keep the FRC open during extended hours.

Interested in volunteering with us?

We welcome your interest!

Please fill out our online volunteer application form. Art Institute of Chicago members receive first priority for interviews. If you have any questions about the Volunteer Program or various positions, please contact Michael Mitchell at or at (312) 443-3504.


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