Working at the List

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!

Employment Opportunities

Art Installer

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.

 Responsibilities include:

  • 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

 Qualifications:

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.  

To apply:

Submit resume and cover letter to Tim Lloyd, List Center Gallery Manager, (email hidden; JavaScript is required)

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List Student Guide Program

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 students regardless of their major or experience in the arts.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

To Apply:

Interested students can apply to become a guide by submitting a resume and completed application form to (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

Please email(email hidden; JavaScript is required) for an application or for additional information about the program.

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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.

To Apply:

Please email your resume and a short note to (email hidden; JavaScript is required) with “Substitute” in the subject line. 

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Internship Opportunities

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
  • Curatorial
  • Development
  • 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.

To Apply:

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.

Send it to (email hidden; JavaScript is required) with your departmental preference  in the subject line.  For example, if you are applying for a curatorial internship please list Curatorial in the subject line.