Internship Opportunities

Marketing Internship

January -June 2022

Qualifications: We are seeking a work-study eligible student from the following schools: SAIC, Columbia College Chicago or the University of Chicago. Hyde Park Art Center’s Marketing Intern reports to the Manager of Marketing & Communications and implements the Art Center’s communications materials, including:

Photography, website up-keep and external communications and assisting with promoting the organization’s mission, exhibitions, school, residency, public programs, and events. This candidate will be of particular support from and collaboration with the marketing team.

The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to learn and grow with the organization. S/he/they are a strong photographer, have the ability to attend on-site events and is highly organized; knows how to merge the big picture with the little details; can relate to a wide range of people; identifies opportunities and demonstrates initiative; and thrives in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. Experience with marketing, media relations, journalistic writing and WordPress is a plus.

The Marketing intern will work collaboratively with all staff across the organization, but with particular support and collaboration with the marketing team.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Photography (60%)
  • Creates content and collaborates with staff to photograph events, classes, exhibitions and programming.
  • Organizes and archives photography for each event and for each department.
  • Works with Marketing & Communications Manager to assemble photography folders for each Catalog + Creativity Camp postcard.
  • Works with the marketing and development team to generate content for promoting the organization and its programs, including special projects like galas and board member stories.
  • Maintains the Art Center’s photography archive in the common drive.
  • Website (15%)
  • Liaises with Hyde Park Art Center staff to provide support and assist in updating the website.
  • Public Relations/Communications (15%)
  • Builds relationships with other creative, cultural, or performance groups in Chicago in the service of audience-building and cross-promotion
  • Researches potential press members
  • Updates Press Ephemera listings.
  • Builds partnerships and connections with key press individuals.
  •            Design & Collateral (10%)

-Collaborates with Manager of Marketing & Communications to produce design and visuals for social media campaigns

-Collaborates with the Manager of Marketing & Communications to create monthly posters and Center Sunday promotionals.

The Marketing Intern is a part-time, work-study eligible contractual position. The candidate will work a maximum of 10 hours per week with a pay scale of $15 per hour.

No applicant for employment with Hyde Park Art Center shall be subjected to discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, age, reprisal for engaging in anti-discrimination activities, sexual orientation, or parental status.

To apply: please send you resume and a brief statement about your experience/background and why you are interested in the internship.

Submit your materials to:  with the subject line “Marketing Internship” by December 14, 2021.

* This position is open only to eligible work-study students of  SAIC, Columbia College Chicago, and the University of Chicago.

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 Exhibitions & Residency Coordinator 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 best for an a current entry level college student or 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 or workstudy eligible at most institutions.

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 Exhibitions & Residency Manager.

Curatorial Fellowship

The Curatorial Fellowship is being reimagined to better align with our equity goals. Please check back for more information.

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. 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.
  • 10 hrs a week minimum commitment

Send resume, and cover letter (with availability) to Jeff Robinson, 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