Jobs at Art Museums (JAM)

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The Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60603

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Ever wonder what it's like to work at an art museum?

Jobs at Art Museums (JAM) is an all-day museum career awareness event at the Art Institute of Chicago. Area students and emerging job seekers, as well as college and university faculty, are invited to visit the museum where they will 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.

Bring your college or university ID to the ticket counter at either entrance of the Art Institute to receive a ticket. Guests must be a student, staff, or faculty member of a University Partner institution to receive a ticket. List of eligible colleges/universities below.

Schedule of Events:

10:30am - 12:00pm
Student Art Talks

Student representatives from different colleges and universities invite their peers to engage in conversations about works of art in the Art Institute’s galleries.

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Museum Careers Panel

Attend a panel featuring museum professionals who will discuss their diverse roles and dynamic career paths.

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Museum Staff Breakout Sessions

Join smaller group conversations in the areas of museum work that interest you! You will have time to attend two conversations. Topics and locations to come.

3:30pm - 4:45pm


Meet peers from different colleges and universities, Art Institute intern alumni, and museum professionals at a reception in the Art Institute's Stock Exchange Room. Chat with HR representatives to learn more about internships and job opportunities.

University Partner Institutions
American Academy of Art
Calumet College of St. Joseph
College of DuPage
Columbia College Chicago
Concordia University Chicago
DePaul University
Lake Forest College
Loyola University Chicago
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
National Louis University
North Central College
Northwestern University
Prairie State College
Rush University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Chicago
Wheaton College

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.


Where can I register for JAM?

Skip the lines and register at the JAM registration table located in the Art Institute's Michigan Avenue lobby, located at 111 South Michigan Avenue, or Modern Wing lobby, located at 159 East Monroe Street. Show your college or university ID to receive a ticket.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There are no age requirements, however, this event is only open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students of University Partner institutions. You must show your college or university ID at the JAM registration table in either lobby.

What can I bring into the event?

You may have a small bag or backpack with you, but any large backpacks, food items, or drinks must be left at coat check. Coat check is $1 per item.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?


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