Internships and Employment Opportunities at Gallery 400
Employment Opportunities at Gallery 400
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Internship Opportunities at Gallery 400
Gallery 400 is currently seeking all internship positions! Applications are due December 10. Please see below for details.
The Gallery 400 internship program welcomes students and recent graduates who wish to broaden their education and professional experience by working at one of the nation’s most vibrant university galleries, showcasing work at the leading edge of contemporary art, architecture, and design. Under the guidance of gallery staff, interns assist in routine work that ranges from special projects and research to administrative support.
Internships require a commitment of 15-20 hours per week and are typically a semester in length. A major in art history or fine art is not required. All internships are unpaid, but college credit can be arranged for students.
|Summer Semester (May-August)||March 7|
|Fall Semester (August-December)||August 5|
|Spring Semester (January-May)||December 10|
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please include the internship you are applying for in the subject line.
The Archive intern maintains Gallery 400's physical exhibition and ephemera archive and on-site art library.
- Ongoing archival work related to recently completed exhibitions, programs, and events
- Maintaining the Gallery's library inventory and LibraryThing account
- Researching and obtaining books and periodicals for the gallery Reading Room
- Using archive to provide contemporary materials to current exhibitions and programming
Desirable skills include a high degree of organization and attention to detail, strong writing skills, and knowledge of Photoshop, Excel, and Adobe Bridge.
Social Media and Marketing
The Social Media & Marketing intern assists the communications team in creating visibility for Gallery 400, its exhibitions, and programs, and in attracting new audiences through digital platforms.
- Keeping website current
- Archiving press clippings
- Creating and distributing marketing materials (posters, postcards, and mailers)
- Posting to social media platforms
- Maintaining email and press contact lists
Desirable skills include a high degree of organization, attention to detail, and excellent proofreading skills. Familiarity with social media sites and knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, and Excel is preferred.
Community Engagement & Public Programs
- Conducting research on prospective audiences, both within the University of Illinois at Chicago community and in greater Chicago
- Performing outreach to promote relevant programming and invite potential and current partners to collaborate
- Assisting in development of public programming
- Communicating with artists involved in Gallery 400 programs
- Staffing Gallery 400 programs and events as needed (includes occasional evenings and weekends)
- Developing teaching resources for educators related to current and future exhibitions at Gallery 400
- Leading gallery tours for students and the broader public
- Assembling contact information and correspondence for marketing
Familiarity with Chicago-area communities and organizations, social media platforms and knowledge of Indesign and Excel preferred. Successful candidates must demonstrate a high degree of organization, attention to detail, ability to work independently, and excellent communication skills.
The Curatorial intern assists the curatorial team with exhibition and event development and coordination efforts to provide insight into both curatorial practices and exhibition organization in a contemporary art gallery.
- Researching prospective artists, artworks, and documentation for upcoming exhibitions
- Engaging with artists and guest curators
- Preparing loan agreements, shipping contracts, checklists, wall labels, and other exhibition documents
- Conducting exhibition tours
Intern must have significant knowledge of contemporary art, excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently. Please submit an academic writing sample in addition to the application.
The Development intern assists with various fundraising efforts for specific exhibitions and programs and general operating support.
- Researching prospective funding sources for Gallery 400, specifically corporation, foundation, and government sources
- Creating a system for tracking deadlines and organizing in-progress grant paperwork
- Assisting with the preparation of proposals and mid-term and final reports
- Drafting communications for individual giving campaigns
Desirable skills include a high degree of organization, attention to detail, ability to work independently, and excellent communication skills.
The Exhibition Preparation intern assists with exhibition preparation and installation in a contemporary art gallery. This position is an excellent hands-on opportunity to develop valuable preparatory experience while working with Gallery 400’s preparator team.
- Assisting in gallery installation and preparation (includes installing artworks in various mediums, lighting, wall patching, painting, and packing and shipping artworks)
- Assisting in the maintenance of Gallery 400 facilities
Candidates should possess familiarity with basic tools and audio visual equipment, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, and a proven track record of prioritizing and completing multiple assignments. This position requires strong verbal communication skills and great interest in further developing preparator skills. Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds.
The Graphic Design intern assists the Communications and Exhibition teams in developing and producing promotional materials for exhibitions, film and video screenings, lectures, and other programs and campaigns for a contemporary art gallery.
- Using Adobe InDesign and Illustrator templates to create postcards and flyers
- Creating new designs for other printed and digital materials such as vinyl, exhibition brochures, social media promotional materials, and newsletters.
Candidates should have experience in print production and proﬁciency in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop. Desirable skills include a high degree of organization and attention to detail, excellent proofreading skills, ability to create materials with strict deadlines, and ability to stay on task without supervision. Please submit a PDF portfolio with at least three examples of work in addition to the application.
The Video Archive intern works to document Gallery 400 programming and the opportunity to produce and create content for website and social media platforms.
- Digitizing video of past Gallery 400 lectures and events
- Editing and adding title cards to archival videos with Adobe Premiere or similar software
- Organizing and posting archival video on the Gallery's Vimeo page
- Creating new video content around exhibitions and programs
- Videography opportunities also available, based on skill level
Experience with video editing software is required; experience with the UIC Moving Image Lab is preferred. Desirable skills include a high degree of organization and attention to detail.