Originally endowed by Alfred and David Smart (publishers of Esquire and Cornet, among other magazines), the Smart Museum of Art first opened to the public in 1974. Since then it has housed an ever-expanding permanent collection and hosted a variety of special exhibitions, as well as educational outreach programs and public events. With a focus on research and teaching, the Smart is dedicated to artistic education–within the University community, but also extending beyond into the wider public.
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The MAPH Communications Internship offers the opportunity to get broad arts communications experience by assisting the Smart Museum of Art’s external relations team with new and ongoing efforts. The internship will focus on a few longer-term projects: (1) writing and editing content for the Smart Museum’s quarterly newsletter and other channels; (2) researching magazines, journals, and writers to further develop and maintain the Smart’s press database; (3) developing a campus communications plan to engage the University of Chicago community in the Smart Museum’s upcoming Awash in Color exhibition, which opens in October 2012.
Other day-to-day activities may include producing event flyers and other promotional materials, composing e-mail campaigns, updating the Smart’s Facebook page and Twitter accounts and overseeing potential expansion into other social media channels, as well as providing other communications support as needed.
Great writing and editing skills are a must, as is the ability to handle a variety of projects while on deadline (does any of that sound absurdly relevant to the work you've been doing for the last 7 months?). Applicants should have an interest in the arts and museums, but they do not have to have concentrated in art history. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop) will only help you!