Approximate date of posting September 2018
Position: Multiple: PHOTO ARCHIVES , LIBRARY and Others
Eligibility students and recent graduates
International students studying in the United States with an F1 visa are eligible to apply. The F1 student must secure the appropriate authorization from the university they are attending, allowing them to participate in the internship. Such authorization is the responsibility of the prospective intern and must be secured before participating in the internship. The MCA does not consider applications from internship candidates with a J1 visa.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Company/Organization Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
The Museum of Contemporary Art Internship Program welcomes students and recent graduates who wish to broaden their education and professional experience by working and learning in a not-for-profit museum. All MCA departments offer experiential education in a challenging, hands-on environment.
Schedule/Hours minimum commitment of 16 hours per week
Time Frame 3-months- Jan–May
Compensation:Although the MCA does not offer paid internships, there are three available stipends: the Jimmy Jones Internship Stipend, offered during the summer term; the Greg Cameron Internship Stipend, offered during the winter/spring term; and the Terry Samala de Guzman and Family Internship Stipend, offered during the fall
The Greg Cameron Internship Stipend, offered during the winter/spring term; ($3200.00)
The MCA’s Greg Cameron Internship recognizes the dedication of Greg Cameron, a long-time member of the MCA staff whose leadership and passion set an example for the entire MCA family for nearly 20 years. Now a devoted supporter of the MCA, Cameron’s commitment to enriching the arts in Chicago continues to inspire. Each winter/spring since 2009, the Greg Cameron Intern receives a stipend of $2,500.
The MCA will consider all applicants who have been accepted to the program during the winter/spring term regardless of department. Qualified applicants will be asked to write an essay on a topic proposed by the selection committee. Qualified candidates will be notified of the details upon acceptance to the program.
Benefits of being an MCA intern include: an intern card providing reduced or free admission to more than 3,000 member museums across the nation for the length of your internship; curator-led tours of current MCA exhibitions; discounts at the MCA Box Office to talks and performances; discounts in the award-winning MCA Store; and opportunities to meet with museum professionals in nearly every department of the museum.
The library internship provides students with a well-rounded, hands-on learning experience that provides exposure to all aspects of art museum librarianship. Tasks may include: reference, circulation, cataloging, and collection management. Library staff works to match interns with current projects that correspond to their areas of interest. Past projects have included working with artist files, audio/visual collections, and archival collections. The internship is designed for graduate students focusing on library science and/or archives, recent MLIS graduates, and advanced undergraduate students who are considering careers in library science. Library experience or classwork in library science or archives is strongly preferred. Knowledge of art is preferred but not required. The ability to work independently with a strong attention to detail is required. May include some heavy lifting.
The Photo Archives intern splits time between processing materials from the MCA’s physical photo archive and working with its photographer to capture institutional photography, including images of collection pieces, event photos, and exhibition installation images. When working with archival photographic materials documenting the MCA’s institutional history, interns are responsible for handling and digitizing slides and negatives in various formats, and processing raw scans with Photoshop in order to produce web-ready images. One day a week, interns shadow the MCA’s photographer and learn the process of capturing images for print and archival purposes. The internship introduces interns to museum standards and best practices in maintaining a photo archive, as well as digital archiving and capturing methods. Candidates should have demonstrated experience with traditional and digital photography, as well as a background in contemporary art history.
How to Apply Application materials include an application, a cover letter, a resume, and one letter of recommendation. If applicable, include your school’s requirements for credit with your application. Due to our application system’s configuration we ask that you submit your cover letter, your letters of recommendation, writing samples or work samples—if applicable—in one single document (PDF, .doc or .docx). Your resume should be uploaded separately. Please note, if you do not have your letters of recommendation at the time of application those may be sent separately by email or mail as long as they arrive by the deadline of November 15, 2018
POC: Letters of recommendation may be sent via email to email@example.com, or by mail to:
Human Resources Coordinator
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Deadline: November 15, 2018
There are three application deadlines per year.