2018 Winter Jeff Metcalf Smart Museum Conservation Intern (Chicago, IL, USA)

The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art
Expires: December 5, 2017

**This internship is part of the University’s Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. Please review the Metcalf Interns’ Responsibility Notice to learn more about program requirements for Metcalf interns.

Students are responsible for independently finalizing the logistics of their internship, including transportation and lodging. If you are considering an internship in Los Angeles, Miami, NYC, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., or abroad, please reference these helpful city guides.**

This position assists the Campus & Public Art Collections and Conservation Manager (located within the Registrar’s office at the Smart Museum) in documenting, researching, and caring for objects within the Campus & Public Art Collection and loans to the University.


  • Assist with performing and documenting conservation and maintenance treatments on works of art.
  • Assist with integrated pest management.
  • Assist with condition reporting of objects.
  • Assist with researching materials.
  • Other duties as necessary

Qualifications: Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student. This position requires considerable technical hand skills, a familiarity with or interest in materials science, and the ability to work outdoors and indoors with chemicals. Applicant must be highly sensitive to the necessity of confidentiality and accurate record keeping and be familiar with database management, networking and image processing. S/he must be extremely detail-oriented, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, possess the ability to see projects through to completion, and be able to work well both with others and independently.

An interest in art, art history, or art conservation—along with office or museum experience—is preferred, in addition to a familiarity with the University of Chicago campus. Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel is essential; ability to go between PCs and Macs appreciated; familiarity with Adobe Photoshop CC and Bridge,
scanning software, and an interest in museum database systems (The Museum System) is desirable.

Physical demands include considerable documentation and handling of art objects, including careful handling, lifting, and photographing. Some office work, including typing, data entry, and phoning. Ability to navigate the entirety of campus. Background check is required.

Hours: Applicant must be available to work 8-10 hours a week during the school year.

Info: https://careeradvancement.uchicago.edu/content/2018-winter-jeff-metcalf-smart-museum-conservation-intern-smart-museum-art.