Mcmullan Internship in Learning and Public Engagement (fall 2019-spring 2020, Paid)

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Position Summary

 

Through Learning and Public Engagement and with its collections, exhibitions, and communities as core resources, the Art Institute of Chicago champions the role of art and culture in in people’s lives; promotes access and equitable participation in art and the museum; fosters critical and creative thinking; and collaborates to strengthen the fabric of communities and the life of our city. Our programs, partnerships, learning spaces, and interpretive resources aim to foster curiosity and inquiry; stimulate emotional, social, sensorial, and intellectual connections with art; and assist visitors in gaining new perspectives on art, history, and their place in the world.

Within this context, the McMullan Academic Year Internship offers an aspiring museum professional the opportunity to explore and contribute to a range of activities within Youth and Family Programs, the division of Learning and Public Engagement responsible for programs, spaces, resources, and experiences for teens and multigenerational family audiences. Through this internship, the intern will gain practical experience in museum based youth leadership programs and generate research and program models for outreach/community-based programming for families, as well as a broader understanding of the context in which this work arises.

Specifically, the Intern will focus on these projects and activities:

Teen Council Coordination and Support (50%)

Working under the guidance of the Manager of Teen Engagement and Partnerships, the intern will participate in curriculum and provide logistical support to the Teen Council, a group of 15 Chicago teens who work intensively over the academic year to develop programs and resources for teen audiences, as well as advise the museum on becoming a more teen-centered space. The intern will join weekly meetings, contribute to the development of their programs, and provide key assistant to the manager of teen engagement for administrative components of this work.

Outreach Research and Program Contribution (50%)

Working closely with the Associate Director for Family Programs, and in alignment with the division of Community Relations and Partnerships, the Intern will conduct benchmark research on museum-based outreach programming, present findings to key staff, and collaborate on the development and implementation of outreach/offsite programming for multigenerational family audiences.

 

Through Learning and Public Engagement and with its collections, exhibitions, and communities as core resources, the Art Institute of Chicago champions the role of art and culture in in people’s lives; promotes access and equitable participation in art and the museum; fosters critical and creative thinking; and collaborates to strengthen the fabric of communities and the life of our city. Our programs, partnerships, learning spaces, and interpretive resources aim to foster curiosity and inquiry; stimulate emotional, social, sensorial, and intellectual connections with art; and assist visitors in gaining new perspectives on art, history, and their place in the world.

Within this context, the McMullan Academic Year Internship offers an aspiring museum professional the opportunity to explore and contribute to a range of activities within Youth and Family Programs, the division of Learning and Public Engagement responsible for programs, spaces, resources, and experiences for teens and multigenerational family audiences. Through this internship, the intern will gain practical experience in museum based youth leadership programs and generate research and program models for outreach/community-based programming for families, as well as a broader understanding of the context in which this work arises.

Specifically, the Intern will focus on these projects and activities:

Teen Council Coordination and Support (50%)

Working under the guidance of the Manager of Teen Engagement and Partnerships, the intern will participate in curriculum and provide logistical support to the Teen Council, a group of 15 Chicago teens who work intensively over the academic year to develop programs and resources for teen audiences, as well as advise the museum on becoming a more teen-centered space. The intern will join weekly meetings, contribute to the development of their programs, and provide key assistant to the manager of teen engagement for administrative components of this work.

Outreach Research and Program Contribution (50%)

Working closely with the Associate Director for Family Programs, and in alignment with the division of Community Relations and Partnerships, the Intern will conduct benchmark research on museum-based outreach programming, present findings to key staff, and collaborate on the development and implementation of outreach/offsite programming for multigenerational family audiences.

Qualifications

 

Qualified applicants will be senior undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in the arts but not necessarily enrolled in an arts-related degree program. Students with experience in the social sciences, teaching in formal or informal settings, youth development, or program evaluation are encouraged to apply.

Preferred skills and experiences

·         Strong interest in working with and mentoring young people

·         Strong oral and written communication skills

·         Understanding of, if not experience working in, an arts or cultural institution or organization

·         An interest in public engagement and museum programming

·         Demonstrated research skills

·         Strong computer skills including good working knowledge of Mac OS, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and e-mail

The McMullan Internship program is part of a museum-wide effort to provide students from diverse backgrounds, including those underrepresented in the museum field, the opportunity to gain experience, career awareness, networks, and skills that will together position them to succeed as future art museum leaders. Those selected join an intern cohort and have access to a range of programs to support their development in addition to their specific departmental placement. Mentorship is provided throughout the intern experience. Interns are also encouraged to remain connected to the museum and to other interns as part of an alumni network.

The McMullan Internship in Youth and Family Programs is open to all qualified candidates, with priority to those who demonstrate commitment to the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums. Individuals from groups historically underrepresented in the arts museum field are particularly encouraged to apply.

The McMullan Internship in Youth and Family Programs is made possible, in part, through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI), funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

 

Qualified applicants will be senior undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in the arts but not necessarily enrolled in an arts-related degree program. Students with experience in the social sciences, teaching in formal or informal settings, youth development, or program evaluation are encouraged to apply.

Preferred skills and experiences

·         Strong interest in working with and mentoring young people

·         Strong oral and written communication skills

·         Understanding of, if not experience working in, an arts or cultural institution or organization

·         An interest in public engagement and museum programming

·         Demonstrated research skills

·         Strong computer skills including good working knowledge of Mac OS, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and e-mail

The McMullan Internship program is part of a museum-wide effort to provide students from diverse backgrounds, including those underrepresented in the museum field, the opportunity to gain experience, career awareness, networks, and skills that will together position them to succeed as future art museum leaders. Those selected join an intern cohort and have access to a range of programs to support their development in addition to their specific departmental placement. Mentorship is provided throughout the intern experience. Interns are also encouraged to remain connected to the museum and to other interns as part of an alumni network.

The McMullan Internship in Youth and Family Programs is open to all qualified candidates, with priority to those who demonstrate commitment to the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums. Individuals from groups historically underrepresented in the arts museum field are particularly encouraged to apply.

The McMullan Internship in Youth and Family Programs is made possible, in part, through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI), funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Intern Information

 

This is a part-time internship for a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student. The standard schedule is two days per week: Saturdays will be required; the second day will be determined by agreement with the candidate. Occasional evening work may be required.

  • Internship dates: Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters Length: 32 weeks
  • Hours per week: 14
  • Compensation: Hourly
  • Number of openings: 1

 

To apply: Send a resume, a brief cover letter, and your answers to the questions below in essay form. Combine all materials into one document and upload it in your online application on or before September 11, 2019. Applicants may be asked to send transcripts and letters of reference following initial submission of materials.

Selected applicants will be asked to interview in person. However, teleconference interviews will be possible under certain circumstances.

 

Essay Questions (Choose one to answer out of the first 3; all applicants should answer #4).

1. Describe a recent cultural experience that excited, inspired, or moved you, or during which you learned something new or meaningful. What aspects of the experience made it memorable? (200 words max)

2. Reflect on an experience you have had teaching, tutoring, mentoring, or presenting to groups of people. Describe the audience, the content, your approach as presenter/facilitator, and what you learned about yourself as a result of the experience. (200 words max)

3. Critique an experience in which you were the learner and a prof/peer/other was the educator—what was good, not so good, how might that inform your approach in this program? (200 words max)

4. Barriers to pursuing a career in the arts and museums can take many forms. Discuss what challenge or challenges you face (personal, socioeconomic, educational, other) as you consider a career in the arts and museums, and how this internship could play a role in surmounting those obstacles.

 

 

This is a part-time internship for a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student. The standard schedule is two days per week: Saturdays will be required; the second day will be determined by agreement with the candidate. Occasional evening work may be required.

  • Internship dates: Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters Length: 32 weeks
  • Hours per week: 14
  • Compensation: Hourly
  • Number of openings: 1

 

To apply: Send a resume, a brief cover letter, and your answers to the questions below in essay form. Combine all materials into one document and upload it in your online application on or before September 11, 2019. Applicants may be asked to send transcripts and letters of reference following initial submission of materials.

Selected applicants will be asked to interview in person. However, teleconference interviews will be possible under certain circumstances.

 

Essay Questions (Choose one to answer out of the first 3; all applicants should answer #4).

1. Describe a recent cultural experience that excited, inspired, or moved you, or during which you learned something new or meaningful. What aspects of the experience made it memorable? (200 words max)

2. Reflect on an experience you have had teaching, tutoring, mentoring, or presenting to groups of people. Describe the audience, the content, your approach as presenter/facilitator, and what you learned about yourself as a result of the experience. (200 words max)

3. Critique an experience in which you were the learner and a prof/peer/other was the educator—what was good, not so good, how might that inform your approach in this program? (200 words max)

4. Barriers to pursuing a career in the arts and museums can take many forms. Discuss what challenge or challenges you face (personal, socioeconomic, educational, other) as you consider a career in the arts and museums, and how this internship could play a role in surmounting those obstacles.

 

Application Time Out Warning

 

The Art Institute of Chicago requires all applicants to complete an online application to be considered for employment.  60 minutes are allotted for applicants to complete the employment application. The application will automatically time out after 60 minutes. If you are unable to submit the completed application at this time, please choose the “Save for Later” option to avoid losing the information you have entered so far.

 

The Art Institute of Chicago requires all applicants to complete an online application to be considered for employment.  60 minutes are allotted for applicants to complete the employment application. The application will automatically time out after 60 minutes. If you are unable to submit the completed application at this time, please choose the “Save for Later” option to avoid losing the information you have entered so far.

Closing Statement

 

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

 

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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