WED – FRI: 11AM-5PM SAT: 12-4PM | or by advance appointment
WED – FRI: 11AM-5PM SAT: 12-4PM | or by advance appointment
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Internship ,
submitted by
LaMar Gayles

Archives and Art Collection Internship at the South Side Community Art Center

Organization: The South Side Community Art Center

Salary: $5K for the Summer

Working 11 AM-4 PM Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 weeks, and a flexible third day (on either Thursday or Saturday)

Description: This role will introduce a Black undergraduate student to work in the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums), by working in archives and art collections management at the South Side Community Art Center. The student selected for this position will have a strong interest in Black-focused Art History, Art Conservation, Collections Management, and other fields related to collections care and memory work. The role will be a 10 week position working 3 consecutive days per week. This internship will prepare students for roles in collections management at galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. There will be work with the intern to identify their specific interests in the field and to work with them in gaining additional experiences, resources, and skills they might need to further their career.

To apply for this position please submit:

  • Cover Letter explaining your interest in the role and SSCAC
  • Resume
  • 2 academic or professional (or one of each) references that can speak to your ability, accomplishments, and strengths as an applicant for this position (for the references please include their name, email, phone, professional title, and relationship to you)

Please send all application materials in an email to the Archives and Collections Manager of SSCAC LaMar Gayles at by May 22, 2023 to be considered for the position.


  • Applying students must be of African American or Black descent
  • Must be enrolled in a degree granting program in the Chicago-land area
  • Must be able to work on site during the summer of 2023
  • Must be able to commit 3 work days a week from 11AM-4PM
  • Must be able to carry up to 50 pounds


Following a few weeks of training with the Archives and Collections Manager (LaMar Gayles Jr. at, the intern will be tasked with completing the following tasks:

  • Assisting in Archives and Collections based summer events and programming
  • Cataloging and recording new artworks to the collection
  • Completing preventive collections care to objects in need
  • Complete an independent project on an artist from the Center
  • Create digital files with archival information on varying artists in the collection
  • Meetings with potential art donors and with organization stakeholders
  • Participation in organization events and programs when available
  • Reorganizing archival storage spaces for spatial optimization
  • Re-housing artworks and archival items in need with appropriate storage materials


Following the internship the student should be able to:

  • Complete preventive care for historical objects in need
  • Evaluate the condition and needs for archival objects and artworks
  • Identify appropriate storage materials for different types of archival and art materials
  • Identify appropriate environmental needs for art and archival collections
  • Research information on artists, their artistic backgrounds, and their creative methods
  • Work collaboratively to address artwork or archival degradation issues
Job Type: Paid Internship
Location: Bronzeville, Chicago, IL