The Art Institute of Chicago : Intern- Curatorial & Collections, Photography (Fall 2018)

Spanning the history of the medium from its beginnings in 1839 to the present, the Art Institute’s photography collection features some 23,000 works by many of the medium’s celebrated practitioners. While photographs have been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago for well over a century, the museum’s collection of photography collection originated in 1949, when Georgia O’Keeffe donated the Alfred Stieglitz Collection. That collection, along with the Julien Levy Collection, give the museum a core strength in early-20th-century photography from the United States and Europe. The department’s collection also includes important groups of work by pioneers photographers of the 19th century, photography made in Chicago, and contemporary work as well—making it truly encyclopedic in scope.

Position Summary

The intern will assist the department’s three curators in the research and coordination of their upcoming exhibitions and other projects. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Art Institute’s collection by assisting the department’s collection manager with cataloging and care of photographs. Other responsibilities include a variety of research and administrative functions supporting other departmental activities.


The Photography Department seeks an enthusiastic and organized undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in learning about the curatorial field and collection management.

  • Undergraduate or graduate students with Art History, Arts Administration, and Visual Critical Studies majors
  • Recent graduates (within one year of graduation) with relevant museum/institutional/art world experience will also be considered
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Basic knowledge of photographic history and technique is preferred
  • Successful candidates should have an ability to carry out independent library research, good writing skills, an attention to detail
  • Knowledge of digital imaging and previous office or museum experience is a plus



A resume and cover letter are required for the application. Cover letter should address the following questions:

  • What do you hope to gain from this internship experience?
  • What you will contribute to this internship?


Intern Information

Length of Program: One academic term (fall, winter/spring, or summer)

Hours:  2 days per week, (14 hours a week)

Number of openings: 1

College Credit: Available

Compensation: Unpaid

Application Deadline: For fullest consideration apply by September 2, 2018


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