Join the List Visual Arts Center staff to creating 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 List Visual Arts Center seeks a serious candidate to work with the curator, assistant curator, and other staff on several elements of contemporary curatorial practice, including exhibitions and artists research; managing checklists; conceiving, organizing, and implementing curatorial public programs; coordinating gallery text, web, and print publications; and managing digital files. In addition to contributing to the exhibition program, will also work with the collections and the Institute’s active program of commissioning new public art, including artists research, correspondence and administrative duties, and assisting with the annual Student Loan Art Program. May have the opportunity to assist with curating a small collections exhibition and contribute to catalogs.
Must possess a master’s degree in art history, curatorial studies, or a related field with a focus in contemporary art or be in the final year of such a degree program.
Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
This is a one-year position.
Submit your online application here.
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.
Internships Currently Available
Conservation & Collections Management Intern
The Intern will work with the List Center’s Registrar to create a comprehensive collection survey of the List’s public art collection. S/he will learn about collections management, condition reporting, the basic principles of conservation, and the daily operations of caring for a varied collection of public art.
The List Center is pleased to provide this paid summer internship opportunity as a participating organization in the Studio Institute/Arts Boston 2017 ARTS Internship Program. Read more about the position here.
Applicants for this internship must either be a resident of Boston or attend college in Boston, be enrolled full time for an undergrad degree, be a junior or senior, and demonstrate financial need.
How to Apply:
- Review the application guidlines.
Development and Special Events Internship
Graphic Design Internship
Join our group of passionate volunteers and donate your time to the List Center. It can be a rewarding way to gain exposure to the world of contemporary art and museums. Perhaps you are an undergraduate or graduate student looking to learn more about contemporary art or the museum field, a newcomer to the Cambridge area, or looking to change career paths. Our volunteer roles give you the change to learn while contributing your unique skills and experiences.
Learn more apply by contacting: