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McMullan Arts Leadership Internship, Innovation and Creativity (Spring 2021)

The McMullan Arts Leadership Intern in Innovation and Creativity will contribute to the development and facilitation of youth and adult art programming for both public and private constituencies. The internship will be highly collaborative and will require self-motivation as well as a willingness to think creatively. 
Innovation and Creativity (I&C) is a division of Learning and Public Engagement (LPE). LPE develops programs and partnerships connecting constituencies across Chicago and beyond with the collection and resources of the Art Institute of Chicago. I&C creates digital and in-person public and private programs for youth and adults through facilitated conversations and tours, artmaking, and collaborations with artists and performers. Both LPE and I&C are committed to creating accessible, equitable, and forward-thinking programs which are welcoming and inspiring for all. ​Students in art therapy, mental health, social work/community engagement are encouraged to apply. 
● The intern will become familiar with processes for developing learning programs at a major art museum
●   The intern will learn from and have an impact on the development of programs in digital formats
●   The intern will develop an interdisciplinary and collaborative project development practice
●   The intern will develop contacts with museum staff in LPE and other departments as appropriate
●   The intern will generate research in the areas of digital engagement, pedagogy, and social justice
●   The intern will learn about the interdisciplinary potential of museums through engagement with vocational, wellness, and social justice-oriented trainings for external partners
●   Contribute to the generation of digital program ideas connected to exhibitions and the collection, including programs and outreach shared via social media
●   Provide support for programs as necessary, including administrative work and minimal technical assistance for virtual programs
●   Pursue research into community outreach, digital pedagogies, and wellness/social justice pedagogies
●   Provide research for public programs, including potential speakers and performers
●   Support the work of I&C and its audiences as needed
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
●   Enthusiasm for and some knowledge of public program development for public and private audiences
●   Highly collaborative and willing to work and learn across disciplines
●   Self-motivated; able to proactively contribute solutions and pose generative questions
●   Detail-oriented and organized; able and willing to complete administrative tasks as necessary
●   Motivated by and engaged with equity, anti-racist, and social justice practices
●   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 directly on our website: ***. Upload all materials into one pdf document. 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.