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Internships and Employment Opportunities

Internships Spring 2023

The Gallery 400 internship program welcomes UIC undergraduate students 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 7–15 hours per week and are typically a semester in length. A major in art history or fine art is not required. Interns may be able to be paid through the UIC Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award (CURA). To be eligible for CURA, students must have Federal Work-Study as part of their financial aid award from UIC. Please let us know if you are interested in applying for this funding opportunity. Academic credit can also be arranged for students. Please contact your career or academic advisor to arrange for internship credit.

Deadline: December 17, 2022, 11:59 PM CT

Archives Internship

2023 marks the Gallery’s 40th anniversary and we seek an intern interested in exploring and organizing the Gallery’s history in our physical and digital archive. The new website that Gallery 400 launched in March 2021 is designed to document, in detail, the Gallery’s history of 39+ years of events and exhibitions. It builds on extensive archival documentation undertaken in 2011 and 2012. The intern will work to recover, organize, and make public the documentation lost in the 2017 crash of Gallery 400’s old website. With mentorship from Gallery 400 staff, the intern will gain experience in archival organization, documentation, operational practices, and web content management.

With the physical archive, the intern will further develop a cataloging checklist system, conduct research on the foundation of the Gallery in the early 80s, and write blog posts that celebrate and highlight the Gallery’s legacy. They will also oversee a plan to make it publicly accessible with assistance from the Richard J. Daley Library.


  • Researching and documenting archival materials between 1983-2021
  • Uploading, editing, and reformatting fragmented materials on the website
  • Developing an operational handbook and a catalog checklist system for the archive
  • Develop social media content highlighting Gallery 400’s history
  • Use the archive to provide contemporary materials to current exhibitions and programming


  • Knowledge of web content management and Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, and InDesign preferred
  • A high degree of organization and attention to detail
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills

TO APPLY: Send a résumé and cover letter to Denny Mwaura ( with “Archive Internship Spring 2023” in the subject line.

Community Engagement and Public Programs Internship

The Community Engagement and Public Programs Intern provides support for the public programs, events, and community outreach associated with Gallery 400’s upcoming exhibitions including Reckless Rolodex, Streetside (a public art project), and our upcoming summer 2023 show. 

Working with the Community Engagement and Public Programs Graduate Assistant, the intern will conduct research on prospective audiences within the University of Illinois Chicago community and in the Greater Chicago area.


  • Perform outreach to promote relevant programming and invite potential and current partners to collaborate with the Gallery
  • Assist with the development, planning, and execution of public programming
  • Communicate with artists and other partners involved in Gallery 400 programs
  • Staff programs and events as needed (includes occasional evenings and weekends)
  • Develop teaching resources for educators related to current and future exhibitions
  • Lead gallery tours for students and the broader public
  • Assemble contact information and correspondence for marketing and outreach


  • Passion for teaching with art objects
  • A high degree of organization and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and public speaking skills
  • Ability to work independently

TO APPLY: Send a résumé and cover letter to Denny Mwaura ( with “Community Engagement and Public Programs Internship Spring 2023” in the subject line.