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Jobs at Art Museums (JAM 2021 )


JAM is a unique opportunity for college and university students to learn about careers in the museum field from working professionals.

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Jobs at Art Museums (JAM) is a career awareness event at the Art Institute of Chicago. This year we’re offering a virtual series of museum career–related presentations via Zoom. College and university students are invited to experience intimate conversations with museum professionals representing a variety of departments and fields. Learn about upcoming internship and career opportunities and virtually socialize with peers and museum staff.

JAM is a unique opportunity to make professional connections and learn about careers in the museum field. However, participation by museum staff and departments does not indicate a need to hire. Staff will not be accepting resumes or offering interviews. For questions, email

Program Schedule

Register for each program by clicking on the event title.

JAM is made possible by the University Partner Program and is part of the McMullan Art Leadership Initiative at the Art Institute of Chicago.

past programs

Art + Science
February 17 at 12:00
Discover the ways in which art and science intersect in the museum.

Sam Ramos, Associate Director, Innovation and Creativity
Sarah Gordon, Conservation Technician, Textiles
Kristin MacDonough, Assistant Conservator, Time-based Media

February 24 at 12:00
Learn from staff who work to generate funding that supports all museum programs and operations.

Madeline Shearer, Assistant Director, Institutional Relations
Erika Lowe Mullins, Director, Philanthropy
Sam White, Coordinator, Philanthropy
Court Tan, Associate Director, Leadership Giving and Special Events

March 3 at 12:00
Learn how writers of all kinds contribute their skills to the work of the museum.

Jennifer Oatess, Director, Institutional Relation
Ginia Sweeney, Associate Director, Interpretation
Elizabeth Lin Dudgeon, Editor, Communications

March 10 at 12:00
Learn how design thinking drives exhibitions and communication strategies across the museum.

Kristin Best, Designer, Visual Design
Salvador Cruz, Designer, Visual Design
Sam Grassi, Exhibition Designer
Andrew Meriwether, Digital Media Producer

How to Apply: Tips and Tricks
March 17 at 12:00
Discover tips and tricks for pursuing internships and careers at the Art Institute and beyond.

Mayra Aviles, Talent Acquisition Coordinator
Travonda Bennet, Talent Acquisition Specialist

“Handle with Care”
March 24 at 12:00
Hear from museum staff that work directly with objects in the museum’s collection.

Aidan Fitzpatrick, Associate Director, Photography
Leslie Carlson, Director, Art Preparation and Logistics
Thomas Huston, Technician, Architecture and Design | Modern and Contemporary Art

March 31 at 12:00
Learn how research and the generation of new knowledge is fundamental to the work of the museum.

Kathryn Kremnitzer, Research Associate, Sculpture and Painting of Europe
Clara Granzotto, Assistant Conservation Scientist
Kim Muir, Research Conservator, Paintings


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