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International Museum of Surgical Science Summer Youth Employee

Illinois Arts Council Agency Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Program

2020 Summer Youth Employee

The International Museum of Surgical Science is looking for two part-time paid Summer Youth Employees to work from June 1 - September 15, 2020.

Deadline to apply: April 3, 2020

$14/hr, 15 hours (2 days) per week, 14 weeks [depending on schedule]

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) Summer Youth Employment in the Arts (SYEA) program provides funds to Illinois not-for-profit arts organizations to support summer employment opportunities for high school students.

Working directly with International Museum of Surgical Science staff, the Summer Youth Employee will have the chance to apprentice the various duties involved in curating a contemporary arts program. The position will encapsulate both administrative and creative skills and is designed to lend insights into curatorial projects at all stages. The Summer Youth Employees will also have opportunities to conduct research, collaborate with Education staff, and gain customer service skills and office experience.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Summer Youth Employee will assist with:

Coordinating project schedulesCommunicating with artistsGenerating creative ideas for gallery designProducing digital marketing materials Exhibition installation and deinstallationStaffing exhibition programming such as opening receptions and artist talks Conducting visitor surveys and gathering dataProducing educational material for social mediaAssisting with outreach and mailings Conducting research to aid in the development of gallery object labelsDeveloping and facilitating tours for public audiencesGallery planning for temporary exhibitsSharing their experiences and research by writing posts for the Museum BlogPerforming other duties as necessary


The ideal candidate possesses a strong work ethic, dependability, self motivation, educational engagement, team cooperation, artistic excellence and enthusiasm.Motivated, organized and detail-oriented Able to work as a team member and independently Excellent communication, research and writing skillsAble to multitask in a dynamic environmentInterest in museums a plusPassion for arts and cultureEligibility

This position is open to high school students eligible to work in the state of Illinois. Recent high school graduates that have not yet entered college can be considered. Work permits or employment certificates must be obtained from your local school for all minors 14 and 15 years of age before beginning work.


Applicants must be willing to commit at least 15 hours per week during the position period. 210 total hours are required.

The International Museum of Surgical Science does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.


ASTC membership, which provides reduced or free admission to more than 200 museums worldwide for one year; free participation in Museum events and programs; discounts in the Museum Store; and opportunities to work closely with staff and interns in every department of the Museum.

To Apply

Required Internship Application Materials:

A Cover Letter that must address the following 3 prompts:What is your interest in this position? What in particular interests you about the International Museum of Surgical Science’s exhibitions and collections? In what ways do you hope to benefit from being a Summer Youth Employee?Resume3 ReferencesFor each reference, please include (1) Name (2) Relationship to Applicant (3) Years Acquainted and (4) E-mail Address & Telephone Number

Please send application materials as attachments to Assistant Manager of Education and Programming Catherine White at Catherine[at] with the subject line: Summer Youth Employee Application.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL