Art Institute of Chicago

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Solid place for an internship

Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

Fun, interesting colleagues who are invested in their work; exciting and very busy atmosphere; amazing galleries to stroll around during breaks

Cons

Huge institution, can be easy to fall through the cracks a bit if you don't have people watching out for you or you're not assertive enough

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great professional experience, including research and art handling. But I wish the internships were paid.

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    Former Employee - Curatorial Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Curatorial Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago

    Pros

    The Art Institute is a world-class museum that is a great setting for getting exposure to the inner workings of curatorial departments. If you become a full time regular employee, you also get a great set of benefits that even includes free tuition to SAIC classes.

    Cons

    If you are an intern, even if you have worked (unpaid) at the museum for months on end, it is still incredibly difficult to get a job there because it is so competitive. Having worked there for 9 months in two different departments, I have interviewed for a few full-time regular jobs and been given feedback ranging from "we wish you had an MA" to "we're not hiring you because you might leave and go to graduate school soon." At least, that is what has been implied. It's frustrating!

    Recommends
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    A nightmare

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago

    Pros

    Exciting place to be and work because of the museum.

    Cons

    Administration needs an overhaul -- male dominated: bullies and tough guys...age of darkness paradigm as a necessity for personal advancement among administrators...this place ruins lives. no compassion. Work there at your peril. If you are an instructor or an adjunct you are in deep trouble and your days will be numbered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find your heart, soul, humility and compassion. Get off your high horse. Look at the websites and jaundiced links of your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
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