About Hyde Park Art Center

Arts Administration Internship

Spring, Summer, Fall, Academic Year and/or Full Year Terms
This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the arts industry and be involved in a variety of areas on the business side of the arts. Primary tasks include work related to accounting and financing, purchasing, facilities, human resources, and technology along with day-to-day required tasks. Project focus will be determined by the applicant’s qualification, interests, and skills as well as the current needs of the Art Center.

Responsibilities

  • Maintaining and implementing organizational systems for financial records.
  • Managing accounts concerning class registrations.
  • Must have a flexible schedule and be available during business hours on Saturday (9am-5pm) and/or Sunday (12-5pm)
  • Maintain a high level of performance and positive attitude while sitting at the front desk.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in the Art or Business fields
  • Energetic and Personable
  • Excellent People Skills
  • Previous Office Experience
  • Computer and Database Experience including Microsoft Office
  • Experience with Quickbooks desired

Send resume, and cover letter (with availability) to Eileen Truong, Registrar, at etruong@hydeparkart.org

Development Internship: Fundraising, Stewardship, and Event Planning

Spring, Summer, Fall, Academic Year and/or Full Year Terms 
We are seeking a highly motivated intern to work on all aspects of the Development Program. This internship is an excellent opportunity for those who wish to learn more about the workings of nonprofit organizations; how it interacts with the community, communicates its mission and seeks support; and how a Development Department interacts with marketing and program staff.

Responsibilities

  • Help plan and execute Hyde Park Art Center’s Annual Gala in November
  • Assist with planning and execution of other events
  • Support Development staff in carrying out individual giving and membership campaigns
  • Track donor interaction in audience database
  • Draft and coordinate donor communications
  • Execution of solicitation and stewardship mailings
  • Assist with volunteer coordination
  • Other projects as needed (includes work on the annual fund, prospect research, and fundraising events)

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the role and process of fundraising in a cultural non-profit organization
  • Develop project management skills
  • Learn best practices for external communications
  • Develop research and presentation skills

Training & Mentorship

  • Development staff explain and demonstrate the entire process of fundraising, including the role of events and the major gift cycle: identification, research, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Inclusion in Development meetings
  • Progressive responsibilities with project specific training throughout the internship
  • Learning through project management
  • Three formal discussions with staff to determine the intern’s learning objectives and interests: beginning, middle and end of internship

Qualifications

  • Must be resourceful and have excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to handle multiple concurrent projects
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivation, attention to detail and flexibility are imperative
  • Proficiency with PC-based programs (e.g., MS Word, Excel) required
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop preferred
  • Must be reliable and able to see a project through from start to finish, as well as have the availability to commit to a weekly schedule with a minimum of 8 hours/week 
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Send resume and cover letter to Maria Nelson at mnelson@hydeparkart.org.

* This position is unpaid unless you are eligible for work-study through your academic institution.

Exhibitions Internship

Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms

A responsible, organized, and detail-oriented student is needed to assist the Director of Exhibitions in a variety of administrative and programming tasks. The appropriate candidate will have knowledge of contemporary art and art institutions outside of Chicago and have previous office experience. The position is best for an upper-level Art Administration/Museum Studies/Art History student looking to gain valuable experience in Contemporary Art Exhibitions in a mid-sized non-profit structure. This position is unpaid.

Summer applications are now being accepted until April 25, 2016.

Responsibilities 

This position is primarily responsible for archiving, labeling, filing, and database management.  Depending on ability, the candidate will also have the opportunity to write press releases for exhibitions, design post cards and brochures, and organize exhibition-related events. Other projects include contacting artists regarding their submissions to the Art Center and updating the exhibitions information on the web page and Art Center handouts. This position requires between 10 and 16 hours a week.

Send resume, and cover letter (with availability) to Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions, at aquinn@hydeparkart.org

Curatorial Fellowship 2016-2017

The Curatorial Fellowship provides candidates the opportunity to get hands on experience with a variety of curatorial and exhibitions practices and gain valuable skills working with a curious and diverse public. The year-long program offers practical experience, and a close familiarity with the administrative processes of a midsize non-collecting contemporary art institution. 

Responsibilities 

In addition to assisting the Director of Exhibitions, Fellows are responsible for helping create and implement programs and events that enhance the understanding of the exhibitions during their tenure. The Fellow will also manage the Ground Floor exhibition process from start to finish, including organizing artists' submissions, presenting them to a committee and attending artists' studio visits.  Ground Floor is a biennial exhibition presenting work by the most notable MFA graduate artists from schools in Chicago. Candidates must be able to provide 16 to 20 hours a week for 12 months. This position carries a $1,000 stipened at the completion of the year-long commitment.

Qualifications

  • Has or is working towards an MA in Art History, Museum Studies, Curatorial Studies, or similar degree.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in Contemporary Art
  • Be able to work independently
  • Excellent Organizational Skills
  • Good Eye for Detail
  • Outstanding Written and Verbal Communication
  • Self-Motivated
  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 10hrs a week including some weekend and evening hours
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop required
  • Familiarity with Quark Express, Moveable Type and eTapestry is helpful

Send resume, and cover letter (with availability) to Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions, at aquinn@hydeparkart.org.

This position is filled for the 2015-2016 year. Applications for the 2016-2017 year are due June 1, 2016.

Archivist Internship

A responsible, organized, and determined student is needed to assist the Director of Exhibitions with basic archival functions. The objective is to assist in increasing availability of research material to the public through web-based offerings and in-person appointments. 

This position is best for a Fine Arts/Arts Administration/ Art History/ Conservation undergraduate student looking to gain valuable experience in Contemporary Art in a mid-sized non-profit structure. This position is unpaid.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Filing past exhibition materials
• Scanning hard-copy material and building the online archive
• Identifying and researching gaps in the archival holdings
• Cataloging material from past exhibitions between 1960-1999
• Responding to queries on past exhibitions and provide requested materials

This position requires between 6 and 8 hours a week. Send resume, and cover letter (with availability) to
Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions, at aquinn@hydeparkart.org

Summer Term: May 15 – September 1, 2016, applications due by April 25, 2016.

Exhibitions Preparator Internship

Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms

This position works under the supervision of the Art Center’s Preparator/Media Technician and Director of Exhibitions. Applicants must have good organizational skills and be sensitive to art material handling and hardware. Familiarity with power tools a plus. The ideal candidate would be an art student or someone interested in learning how to mount exhibitions and work with artists.

Responsibilities

  • This position is very labor intensive; applicant must have a desire to work in a hands-on environment.
  • Assist in the coordination of exhibitions from the planning process to the mounting of exhibitions.
  • Must be available on select weekends and evenings for openings and other events.
  • Must be comfortable working with hardware and other machinery along with technology and media.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in the Art Preparator field
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Good eye for detail
  • Familiarity with power tools
  • Able to lift 100lbs.
  • 20hrs a week minimum commitment

Send resume, and cover letter (with availability) to Peter Reese, Preparator, at preese@hydeparkart.org.

Marketing and PR Internship 

The Marketing and PR Intern works directly with the Marketing and Communications Manager, and focuses mainly on publicity for the Art Center’s presence in the community through communications and event management.

Responsibilities 

The Marketing and PR Intern will be responsible for numerous projects related to the Art Center’s public relations, including but not limited to: assisting with marketing and public relation campaigns, event management, direct mail marketing, online calendar postings, blogging, and community outreach. Will also assist with regular maintenance of the Art Center’s website, media monitoring, compiling calendars and contact lists, and drafting weekly emails, PSA, and calendar listings. 

Qualifications

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication is essential, including the ability to write for different audiences (blogs, online listings, email communications)
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and etiquette (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter)
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Good eye for detail
  • Flexibility with scheduling including some weekend and evening hours
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office required, including; Word, Excel, and Publisher
  • Photoshop, Quark or other layout/design software experience a plus
  • Database management skills preferred
  • Familiarity with Hyde Park a plus
  • photographers and writers especially welcome

Send resume and cover letter (with availability) to Sheniqua Faulkner, Marketing and Communications Manager, at sfaulkner@hydeparkart.org

Arts Education: Programming Internship

Summer and Academic Year Terms
This internship is ideal for candidates who are interested in learning about and developing best practices in the field of arts education. The Arts Education – Programming Intern will work closely with the School and Studio Manager, Teaching Artists, and students of all ages and skill levels to promote an accessible and creative learning environment for all.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the School and Studio Manager in developing in-classroom and Center-wide arts education curricula
  • Research, plan, and implement Teaching Artist Professional Development programming
  • Support the coordination of onsite classes, programming, and special events
  • Collect, organize, and analyze data to increase student satisfaction and program efficacy

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in arts education and/or arts administration
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication
  • Flexibility with scheduling, including occasional weekend and evening hours
  • Teaching experience a plus
  • B.A. or equivalent required; M.A. candidates preferred

Send a cover letter and resumé to Jeannette Tremblay, School and Studio Manager, at jtremblay@hydeparkart.org.

Arts Education: Curatorial Internship

Summer & Academic Year Terms

This is a unique internship opportunity for a dedicated student who is interested in the relationship between arts education and curatorial practice. The Arts Education – Curatorial Intern will work closely with the School and Studio Manager to develop a high quality program of education-centered exhibitions in alternative spaces throughout the Art Center, including our highly public resource room, 4833rph. Exhibitions will feature thoughtful and unexpected curation of a broad range student artwork, ranging from youth through teen and adult, as well as select works of Teaching Artists.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Teaching Artists and students to promote the vibrant and diverse range of art-making practices that are nurtured in the Art Center
  • Think creatively about connections among seemingly divergent works of art, artists, and modes of making
  • Write engaging and informative wall text that is accessible to a range of audiences
  • Plan and implement a rotation of exhibitions throughout a number of Art Center spaces and across one or more terms

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in arts education and/or curatorial practice
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication
  • Flexibility with scheduling, including occasional weekend and evening hours
  • Art-hanging experience a plus
  • B.A. or equivalent preferred

Email resumé and cover letter (with availability) to Jeannette Tremblay, School and Studio Manager, at jtremblay@hydeparkart.org.