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Special Collections Intern (Spring 2018), Ryerson & Burnham Libraries, Art Institute of Chicago

The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries constitute a major art and architecture research collection serving The Art Institute of Chicago and scholars in the fields of art and architectural history with more than 500,000 print titles and 100,000 auction catalogs. All periods and media are covered, but special emphasis is placed on architecture of the 18th through 20th centuries and 19th century painting, prints, drawings, and decorative arts. Special collections of the Libraries include over 10,000 items.

Position Summary

The Special Collections Intern will complete a collection assessment project by learning to survey materials in the Libraries’ special collections and highlighting items of particular importance due to art historical significance, rarity, value, provenance, etc. Interns will gain experience reviewing and researching titles, compared to other institutions’ catalogues and collections, and making brief written recommendations for selections.


Current student or recent graduate of a Library and Information Science program, with some art history knowledge. Familiarity with issues of special collections is a plus. Interns will need to take direction and to work independently and should have good writing skills.

Intern Information

Hours: At least one day per week, Monday-Friday
Pay type: unpaid
Number of Openings: 1
Length of Internship: Single semester, however it may be extended
Deadline for submission: Ongoing

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Closing Statement

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.


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