Four student guides stand in the gallery with a salon style hang on the wall behind them.

List Visual Arts Center 2019-2020 Student Guides

Join the List Visual Arts Center staff to create inspiring exhibitions, deliver engaging programs, and drive the organization forward. We are a relatively small team who values curiosity, innovation, rigor, diversity, respect, and collaboration. See open positions below. Come work with us!

Open Positions

Registration and Collections Intern

Position Description

The Registration and Collections Intern will work closely with the List Center’s Curator and Assistant Curator on a variety of projects relating to temporary exhibitions. This hands-on experience offers valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of caring for a varied contemporary art collection, learning about collections management, condition reporting, and the logistics of organizing temporary exhibitions. Interns will have the opportunity to become intimately familiar with an incredible collection of artworks at MIT while researching valuations, inventorying campus loans, and updating public art signage. Through this internship, they will also gain a broader understanding of emergency preparedness planning and the role of Facilities reports in exhibition planning. 

Strong organizational and time management skills are required. Experience with photography and Adobe InDesign are a plus. This position will be 28 hours/week with 2 days required on site.

This positions pay is offered through the Studio Institute Arts Intern and pays $20/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $500 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information.  

How to Apply

To apply visit the Studio Institute to determine eligibility and application instructions. 

Student Gallery Guides

Position Description

If you like to work with people, want to learn more about contemporary art, and would like an on-campus job consider joining MIT List Visual Art Center Student Guide Program. Student Guides are able to learn about the artists, artwork, and issues surrounding public art and contemporary exhibitions first-hand, while helping others make connections, discover, and understand the visual world around them. The program is open to all undergraduate students regardless of their major or experience in the arts. 


  • Open to undergraduate MIT Students

  • No art history, fine arts, or museum experience is necessary, but enthusiasm about contemporary visual arts is required

  • Comfort with public speaking and interpersonal communication skills

  • Professional, welcoming, and engaging demeanor

  • Participate in training and facilitation tours of the public art collection

Student Guides are paid for training, tour preparation, and leading tours. At this time, Student Guide positions are open to current MIT students only.

How to Apply

Interested students can apply to become a guide by submitting a resume and completed application form to eagarner [at] (Emily Garner). Currently accepting applications for 2022. 

Visitor Services Substitute

Position Description

Work in the List Center galleries as a Visitors Services Gallery Attendant and get special exposure to the List Center’s art exhibitions. You should be knowledgeable about art, enjoy interacting with the public, and be able to monitor large galleries while standing for an extended period of time. Your duties will include:

  • Learn about each art exhibition directly from the curator and artists
  • Greet and assist visitors
  • Check coats and bags
  • Record visitor data
  • Monitor the galleries and protect the art
  • Sell catalogues
  • Operate audio-visual technologies that are part of the artworks
  • Represent the List Center with warmth and professionalism

As a substitute, there is no obligation to commit up-front to a set schedule or work dates. You will work occasionally during special events like receptions, or while Permanent Visitors Services staff are on vacation or unavailable. We maintain an ongoing list of Substitute Gallery Attendants who we reach out to on a case-by-case basis to fill empty shifts. Please note that this is not a permanent position and Substitutes are not MIT employees.

To Apply

Please email your resume and a short note to krisjohn [at] (Kristin Johnson) with “Substitute” in the subject line.

Graduate Student Talk Program

Position Description

Contemporary artists often derive inspiration from various fields of study and explore it through artistic methodologies. To expand on artist interests; MIT graduate students and post-docs are invited to share their field research in conjunction with work on view to provide audiences a deeper understanding and prompts for thoughtful conversations.

If you like to share your research and would like the opportunity to present in a Graduate Student Talk, consider submitting a letter of interest. The program is open to all graduate students regardless of their major or experience in the arts.


  • Open to graduate MIT Students
  • No art history, fine arts, or museum experience is necessary, but enthusiasm about contemporary visual arts is required
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Professional, welcoming, and engaging demeanor
  • Graduate students are provided speaker fees.

How to Submit

Interested students can submit a letter of interest to eponce1 [at] (Elizabeth Ponce). And we will set up a time to discuss your research interests and how they could overlap with upcoming exhibitions during your tenure at MIT.