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 value curiosity, innovation, rigor, diversity, respect, and collaboration. Come work with us!
The MIT List Visual Arts Center, MIT’s contemporary art museum, is looking for freelance Art Installers to install and de-install art in the List’s 5000 sq. foot galleries and throughout the campus. The List Center presents a dynamic program of six to nine special exhibitions a year. Under the supervision of the Gallery Manager, the Art Installer is a member of the installation crew, working 3–5 weeks to prepare the galleries, fabricate exhibition components, mount AV systems and install art. In addition to the 3–5 week installations, the Art Installer is needed for periodic one-week campus collection projects. Short-term hires are engaged through the MITemps Program, managed by nextSource. In addition to the Gallery Manager, the Art Installer will work in closely with the List Center’s Registrars, Curators and Preparator.
- Art handling— Receiving crates. Packing and crating works for transit. The careful movement and placement of art work.
- Art installation of a wide range of media from paintings and objects to large scale installation and AV presentations.
- Preparation of galleries— Wall building, Hanging sheet rock and painting.
- Fabrication of exhibition components— Fabrication and preparation of exhibition components, including pedestals, exhibition furniture, object mounts and AV systems
Ability to work in a collaborative, fast-paced environment with exceptional attention to detail. Experience in art handling, carpentry, painting, work shop safety. Interest in contemporary art. Knowledge of video and audio systems.
List Student Guide Program
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 students regardless of their major or experience in the arts.
- Open to undergraduate (sophomore, junior and seniors) and 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 and interpersonal communication skills
- Professional, welcoming, and engaging demeanor
- Participate in training program, both inaugural training, and on-going exhibition related training
Student Guides are paid for training, tour preparation, and leading tours. At this time, Student Guide positions are open to current MIT students only.
Visitors Services Gallery Attendant - Substitute
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.
Internships – Overview
Internships at the List Visual Arts Center are created for graduate students, undergraduates, and recent graduates who are interested in discovering more about museum work while contributing essential assistance to List Center staff in a dynamic, stimulating, and intellectually rich work environment. Internships are available for college credit, if applicable.
As a List Center Intern you might work in one or multiple of the following areas:
- Public relations
- Digital Marketing
- Collections management
- Arts education
- Community outreach
Past Intern responsibilities have included:
- Public relations: Drafting press releases and fundraising proposals
- Curatorial: Assisting in producing major exhibitions and publications
- Collections management: Researching artists for the permanent collection
- Arts education: Developing and facilitating education programs
- Design: Designing print and digital materials including major signage, brochures, and posters
Do you have a skill set (e.g. design) that you think we could use but don’t know where we might apply it? Just let us know; it need not be listed above. Your specific duties will depend on our current projects and needs, and your skills.
Internship applications are accepted on an on-going basis. Please email your resume and a cover letter that provides an overview of your skills and/or specifies which areas of museum work you are interested in.