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McMullan Arts Leadership Internship, Digital Content (Spring 2021)

The Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Experience Design invites talented and driven graduate or undergraduate students to apply for this McMullan Arts Leadership internship in Digital Content that will assist in the planning and production of diverse digital content for the museum. This position will provide hands-on experience with different types of media and is best suited for someone looking to further develop their narrative and content creation skills.
Over the course of the internship, you will have the chance to work on a variety of projects including: audio, video, and web features. You will also be involved with every step of the production process, gaining first-hand experience with storyboarding, script writing, and story development, all while getting to know a variety of museum roles and responsibilities.
Digital Content is a division within the Experience Design department, which works to create accessible, inclusive, and engaging content for the Art Institute’s various media channels, website, and campus spaces.
  • Potential to lead the creation of a piece of digital content
  • Practical experience in narrative content creation
  • Growth in communication skills, time management, and critical thinking
  • Growth in video/audio production skills
  • Ability to implement your creative ideas
  • Agency and support to bring creative input and vision to life
  • Ability to work remotely with a diverse team
  • Work remotely to help create original video and audio content.
  • Work closely with the creative director, producers, designers, and stakeholders .
  • Write treatments; generate storyboards and moodboards.
  • Conduct research and synthesize information for narrative or editorial content.
  • Conduct research for archival material to be used for audio, video, and/or other web content.
  • Monitor your own project status and proactively identify problems before and as they arise.
  • Foster relationships with the Digital Content team and the greater Experience Design Department.
About the McMullan Arts Leadership Internship:
The McMullan Arts Leadership 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.
  • Undergraduate or graduate student in the Chicago metropolitan area; recent graduates (within one year of graduation) will also be considered
  • Digital portfolio of work that includes examples of the applicant’s original video/audio work
  • Familiarity with video/audio production processes and software, particularly Adobe Creative Suite
  • Familiarity with Google Suite
  • Must be reliable with excellent organizational and file management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and multiple tasks
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Passion for storytelling, grasp of narrative structure, and good editorial skills
  • Curiosity for history and culture
  • Great appreciation of teamwork
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Eye for design and photography is a plus
  • Digital portfolio of work, either a website URL, video/audio reel URL, or accessible Dropbox or Google Drive link
  • A cover letter and resume are required for the application. Cover letter should include
  • What you hope to gain from this internship experience
  • What you will contribute to this internship
  • What challenge(s) or barrier(s) you face (personal, cultural, socioeconomic, educational, etc.) as you consider pursuing a career in the arts, and how this internship might play a role in helping to surmount those obstacles
To apply: ***Apply on our website: ***
Upload all materials into one pdf document. If including an external hyperlink, please indicate in your resume. The application will close on January 1, 2021 at 10:00 PM CDT. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early application is suggested. Selected applicants will be asked to interview via video call.
The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.