Internships and Employment Opportunities at Gallery 400

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Employment Opportunities at Gallery 400

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Internship Opportunities at Gallery 400

Gallery 400 is currently seeking a Social Media and Marketing intern. Applications are due August 25. 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 clerical 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.

Application Deadlines (three yearly)

Internship Term:

Application Deadline:
Summer Semester (May-August) March 7
Fall Semester (August-December) August 5
Spring Semester (January-May) November 14

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to 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.

Job duties include:

  • 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

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 and Marketing intern assists in creating visibility for the Gallery, its exhibitions and programs, and in attracting new audiences.

Job duties include:

  • 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

The Community Engagement intern assists with building partnerships and attracting new audiences for Gallery 400, its exhibitions, and its programs.

Job duties include:

  • Conducting research on prospective audiences, both within the University of Illinois at Chicago community and in greater Chicago
  • Assisting in development of student-oriented programming
  • Communicating with artists involved in Gallery 400 programs
  • Communicating with student or campus groups
  • Coordinating and ensuring the availability of gallery resources to students
  • Developing teaching resources for educators
  • Participation in gallery tours
  • Assisting with social media posting and marketing

Desirable skills include a high degree of organization, attention to detail, ability to work independently, and excellent communication skills. Familiarity with Chicago-area communities, social media platforms, and knowledge of Photoshop and Excel preferred.


The Curatorial intern assists with exhibition and event development and coordination efforts.

Job duties include:

  • Researching prospective artists, artworks, and documentation
  • Communicating with artists and guest curators
  • Preparing loan agreements, shipping contracts, checklists, wall labels, and other exhibition documents
  • Coordinating on-site events and programs (with the possibility of conducting exhibition tours)

Desirable skills include significant knowledge of contemporary art, excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently.


The Development intern assists with fundraising efforts for general operating support, as well as for specific exhibitions and programs.

Job duties include:

  • Researching prospective funding sources for the Gallery, 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. 

Exhibition Preparation

The Exhibition Preparation intern assists with exhibition preparation and installation in a professional gallery setting. This position is an excellent opportunity to develop valuable preparatory experience and polish professional installation skills.

Job duties include:

  • Assisting in gallery installation and preparation (includes working with lighting, wall patching, painting, and installing artwork)
  • Assisting in the maintenance of Gallery 400 facilities

This position requires strong verbal communication skills and great interest in working with your hands. Candidates should possess familiarity with basic tools, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, and a proven track record of prioritizing and completing multiple assignments. Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds. Basic knowledge and familiarity with a variety of tools, materials, and audio visual equipment is preferred.

Graphic Design

The Graphic Design intern assists the Gallery in developing and producing promotional materials for exhibitions, film and video screenings, lectures, and other programs.

Job duties include:

  • Using Adobe InDesign and Illustrator templates to create postcards and flyers
  • Creating new designs for other printed and digital materials

Desirable skills include a high degree of organization and attention to detail, excellent proofreading skills, ability to create materials in a timely manner, and ability to stay on task without supervision. Candidates should have experience in print production and proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop. Please submit a PDF portfolio with at least two examples of your work with your application.

Video Archive

The Video Archive intern assists in the final stages of the Gallery’s effort to present its entire video event archive on its website.

Job duties include:

  • 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

Desirable skills include a high degree of organization and attention to detail. Experience with video editing software is required; experience with the UIC Moving Image Lab is preferred.