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McMullan Family Internship in Photography (Fall 2019, Paid) – The Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago, IL

The Art Institute of Chicago

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 pioneer photographers of the 19th century, photography made in Chicago, and contemporary work as well—making it truly encyclopedic in scope.

The Photography Department seeks an enthusiastic and organized undergraduate or graduate student intern to assist with object and exhibition related research, cataloging and care of photographs in the Art Institute’s collection, as well as other departmental administrative functions.


The McMullan Family internship in photography is funded through a generous donation by the James and Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation, whose mission is to support underserved communities. This position is open to all applicants. The Art Institute of Chicago will give consideration to those applicants who have overcome economic or educational hardships or who come from, or have demonstrated leadership experience in, economically or educationally underserved communities. If applicable, please provide an explanation of your candidacy in your cover letter.

  • Upper-level undergraduate or graduate student with a major in art history, Arts Administration, or Visual Critical Studies. A basic knowledge of photographic history and technique is preferred.
  • Successful candidates should have an ability to carry out independent library research, good writing skills, excellent attention to detail, and excellent organizational and communication skills.

Intern Information

  • Compensation Rate: Paid
  • Length of Internship: 15–30 weeks, flexible
  • Hours: 2–4 days per week (14–28 hours per week), flexible
  • College Credit: Available
  • Number of openings: 1
  • Application Deadline: For fullest consideration apply by August 15, 2019
  • A resume and cover letter are required for the application.

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