The Art Institute of Chicago : Intern- Collections and Inventory (Fall 2018)

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis

Position Summary

The Art Institute’s Department of Architecture and Design is among the most important of its kind in the United States, with strengths that include modern and postmodern architecture and design, as well as speculative contemporary design and architecture.

The department seeks an enthusiastic and organized undergraduate or graduate student to assist in an inventory of the Architecture and Design collection.

The goal of this internship is to expose the student to key aspects of collections management work and digitization of art through a hands-on learning approach.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Assistant Collections and Inventory Manager to develop first-hand experience in collections database records
  • Learning about the process of art acquisitioning policies
  • Assisting in digitization and imaging of the collection



  • Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students preferred with background in Art History, Museum Studies, or other related field
  • Recent graduates with relevant museum/institutional experience will also be considered
  • Minimum of one year collection management, archive, or related experience required
  • Knowledge of collections databases and digitization methods preferred
  • Must demonstrate attention to detail and the ability to multitask


Intern Information

Length of Program: One academic term (fall/spring/summer) or one academic year

Compensation: Unpaid

College Credit: Available

Hours: Flexible; minimum of ten hours a week

**Please submit a cover letter in your application**


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