Student Opportunity Deadline: MCA Paid Summer “Jimmy Jones” Internship

Alumna, Angela Lopez, is the internship and volunteer coordinator for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. She shared this great opportunity with us, and is especially interested in working with a KCAI student!


Stipend-based Internships at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago

Jimmy Jones Internship Summer Term

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Jimmy Jones Internship was established to honor the memory of Dr. James E. “Jimmy” Jones, a dedicated member of the MCA’s Board of Trustees from 1978-2006. During his extraordinary life, Dr. Jones was a leader in Chicago’s cultural community, a passionate collector of contemporary art, a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, and an OB/GYN who in the late 1960s became the first African-American clinical associate at the University of Chicago Hospital.

Jimmy Jones epitomized the true Renaissance spirit: a humanitarian and man of science who was keenly interested in the work of contemporary artists and how their practice can be a reflection of and catalyst for societal change.

The Jimmy Jones Internship is designed to encourage the exploration of art museum careers by university students with diverse backgrounds who require supplementary income to participate in an unpaid internship. Students interested in a curatorial career will receive special consideration. A stipend of $2,500 is available each summer.

To be eligible, a candidate must:

  1. Meet all the requirements of the Internship Program listed on the MCA website;
  2. Currently be enrolled in a college or university;
  3. Provide documentation from the college or university the candidate is attending showing that the candidate has been approved for or is receiving financial aid;
  4. Submit an essay of no less than 600 words explaining the candidate’s interest in an art museum career and why he or she should be considered for the Jimmy Jones Internship (This requirement is separate from the personal statement all internship applicants are asked to write);
  5. Provide a resume and a general internship application form.

All application materials must be received by February 4, 2013

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