Internship Opportunities

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.


  • 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


  • 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 Marina Vulinovic at

* 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.

Deadlines for applications are: April 15 (Summer), July 15 (Fall), November 15 ( Spring).


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

Curatorial Fellowship

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.

Application deadline has been extended to August 15, 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year.


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 stipend at the completion of the year-long commitment.


  • 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
  • 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

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 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are due September 15, 2019.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Filing and managing 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 8 hours a week.

Send resume, and cover letter (with availability) to Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions, at

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.


  • 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.


  • 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 Andi Crist, Preparator, at

Arts Education: Curatorial Internship

Note: we are not currently accepting applications for this internship. Please check back later.

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.


  • 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


  • 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, Director of School and Studio Programs, at