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Rachel Rowland

McMullan Family Foundation Summer Intensive (one-week program)

The McMullan Family Foundation Summer Intensive is a weeklong program exposing undergraduate students to museum professions through workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, field trips, and networking events.

The 2023 program returns to the theme of “The Museum Space,” which considers the museum’s relationship to real and imagined environments, both within and outside of its physical footprint. This year’s iteration puts particular emphasis on collaboration, networks, and community, while engaging with exhibitions on view featuring artists such as Gio Swaby, Kwame Brathwaite, Peter Hujar, Lui Shou-Kwan, Van Gogh, and more. This year’s program will run June 12–17, 2023.

Students who complete the summer intensive are eligible to apply for a two-year fellowship at the museum, a part-time opportunity to pursue alongside their academic programs.

Details about the application can be found below; please visit our career portal to submit your application. All application materials must be submitted by Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 10:00 PM CDT.


  • Undergraduates who are currently enrolled at a university, college, or community college, and, if selected as a fellow, can commit to two years on-site in the program. Typically participants are current first- or second-year students and/or nontraditional students with two years of undergraduate study remaining and graduation planned for May 2025 or a later date.

  • Students who have an interest in learning more about museums and how museums work, art and art history, and the wide range of career paths in the museum field. Previous coursework or job experience in these fields is a plus, but not required.

  • Students who are based or attending school in the Midwest or Chicagoland area. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and able to physically access the museum for the duration of the program.

  • Students who are able to attend the McMullan Family Foundation Summer Intensive program for the entire week.

  • Most importantly, students who aim to support the goal of promoting inclusive museums that showcase a multiplicity of voices, perspectives, and identities, and who would benefit from the unique support and access that this opportunity provides.


The McMullan Family Foundation Summer Intensive application will be available on our career portal through Tuesday, February 28, 2023, when it will close at 10:00 p.m. CDT. No late applications will be accepted. Please apply to the program through our online career portal as we do not accept applications that are mailed or emailed.

In addition to submitting short answers to a Google Form Questionnaire linked in the job posting, your application must include the following:

1. One Letter of Recommendation

Applicants must have one confidential letter of recommendation. A letter of recommendation can be submitted by faculty at your college or university or by current or past employers who are familiar with your skills and abilities. Recommenders are asked to explain how this program would help the applicant in their academic and career pursuits.

The letter of recommendation must be submitted via email to by Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 10:00 p.m. CDT. The recommendation must come directly from the recommender’s institutional e-mail, it should be a word document or pdf file, and the email subject line should state “APPLICANT NAME-2023 SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM.”

For more information about requesting a letter of recommendation, please review our Internship FAQs.

2. Application Document

When applying to this position on the museum’s HR Career Portal, please upload a single word document or pdf file that contains all three of the components listed below:

Short Essay Questions
In lieu of a traditional cover letter or personal statement, please respond to the following questions in three short essays (no more than 250 words per answer). We encourage you to provide specific examples to support your answers or to illustrate your ideas:

  • What interests you about the McMullan Family Foundation Summer Intensive and fellowship program?
  • Drawing on your extracurricular activities, areas of study, background, or other experiences, explain how you aim to contribute to an inclusive future for art museums.
  • Provide an example of an experience where you were able to offer your unique perspective to a project, discussion, or dialogue and explain the impact you had.

In your résumé, please include:

  • Contact information (phone number, email, current mailing address, and permanent address)
  • Current major
  • Cumulative GPA. If your school does not follow a GPA system, please indicate “GPA not available, pass/fail system.”
  • Expected graduation date
  • Relevant employment and volunteer experiences
  • Computer and language skills
  • Name and contact information (phone and email) of the person who is submitting your letter of recommendation.

For more information about crafting a strong application, please review our Internship FAQs.

Academic Transcripts
Please provide unofficial transcripts for your entire undergraduate career, including the college or university you currently attend and any you may have previously attended.


We anticipate accepting 15 students into the 2023 program. Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been accepted by Friday, April 7, 2023.

Summer Intensive participants will be eligible to apply for the undergraduate fellowship after attending the Summer Intensive. It is not possible to apply for the fellowship without participating in the Summer Intensive.


Participants will be given a stipend the week before the program begins to assist them for the duration of the program.

We encourage all participants to stay in SAIC student housing provided as part of the program. Each participant will be given a single-person room. Student housing is walking distance to the museum and will enable participants to reach the museum in a timely manner each morning, while also allowing space to connect with their cohort and work on assignments together after hours.

Check in for SAIC student housing will occur the Sunday before the program begins, and check out will happen the Sunday after the program concludes.

Contact Info:
Academic Engagement and Research Department
(312) 857-7146
Job Type: Paid Internship
Location: Chicago, IL / Loop