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Special Event: Jobs at Art Museums (JAM)

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  • Free with valid college or university ID*

    *Registration is required for some programs. Please read the event description for information on how to register.

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Jobs at Art Museums (JAM) is an all-day museum-career awareness event at the Art Institute of Chicago. This year we’re offering two separate programs—one for college and university students, and another for Chicago teens. All are invited to visit the museum and experience student-led gallery presentations, a panel conversation with Art Institute staff, and intimate breakout sessions with museum professionals representing a variety of departments and fields. Learn about upcoming internship and career opportunities and socialize with peers, faculty, museum staff, and intern alumni.

JAM is free with a school ID. Please note that registration is required for the Chicago teens program and for certain parts of the college student/jobseeker program. See complete schedules below for details.

Program Schedule for College and University Students

10:30–11:30 | Student Docent Talks
Various galleries 
Take part in conversations about works of art in the Art Institute’s galleries with students from University Partner institutions.*

*Learn more about joining the University Partner program here.

11:45–1:00 | Welcome Remarks and Museum Careers Panel
Rubloff Auditorium
Registration is required for this program. 
Register
Learn from current Art Institute staff about their diverse roles and dynamic career paths. 

2:00–2:30 | How To Apply: Tips and Tricks
Rubloff Auditorium
Registration is required for this program. 
Register 
Talent Acquisition staff share strategies for finding careers and getting your application noticed.

2:45–3:45 | Museum Staff Breakouts
Various galleries 
Chat in the galleries with staff from across the Art Institute’s many departments.

3:45–5:00 | Reception
Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room
Registration is required for this program.
Register 
Enjoy refreshments, meet peers from other colleges and universities, and interact with museum professionals. 

This project is made possible, in part, through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and the University Partner Program at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Program Schedule for Chicago Teens

Register for this program.

10:00–10:40 | Breakfast
Get to know other participating teens and learn more about the day’s activities.

10:45–11:30 | Gallery Activities with Teen and College Interns

11:45–1:00 | Museum Careers Panel
Learn from current Art Institute staff about their diverse roles and dynamic career paths. 

1:00–2:30 | Lunch and Internship Session
Hear all about summer and school-year internship opportunities at the Art Institute.

2:45–3:45 | Museum Staff Breakouts
Chat in the galleries with staff from across the Art Institute’s many departments.

3:45–5:00 | Reception
Enjoy refreshments and interact with museum professionals. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I prepare to be interviewed for an internship or job opportunity at JAM?
No. Participation by museum staff and departments does not indicate a need to hire. However, JAM is a unique opportunity to make professional connections and learn about careers in the museum field.

What can I bring into the event?
You may have a small bag or backpack with you, but any large backpacks must be left at coat check. Coat check is $1 per item.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email universitypartners@artic.edu.

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