Employment

Work study student positions are occasionally available. Call the museum receptionist at (812) 855-5445 for information about current listings.

There are currently no full-time job openings at the IU Art Museum. For information about employment opportunities in other IU departments, please visit Jobs@IU.

Indiana University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. This institution is also a provider of ADA services.

Student opportunities

Both graduate and undergraduate students may apply for positions available at the museum. To learn more about the opportunities offered, please see below.

  • Internships & Practica

    Internships are available for qualified IU undergraduates of at least junior standing through the Professional Practice Program. Students may arrange for credit under Fine Arts Y398 or Anthropology A408. The museum prefers that a student take at least three credit hours per practicum (equivalent to nine hours per week of work time). Arrangements must be made with the museum and the student’s advisor prior to registration.

    Graduate students can sign up for practicum hours at the museum through Fine Arts A495 or Anthropology A408. Arrangements should be made through the museum and the student's advisor prior to registration. The museum prefers that a student take at least three credit hours per practicum (equivalent to nine hours per week of work time).

    Students interested in an internship or practicum should complete an application, and return it via email (return email address is located on the form), or in person to the receptionist at the museum's offices located on the third floor of the IU Art Museum.

    Students interested in museum careers also may wish to explore internships offered through the School of Fine Arts Museum Studies Project (A590) and the Arts Administration Program.

    Internships and practicum positions at the Art Museum generally carry no wages or stipends.

  • Graduate Assistantships

    The museum normally has a limited number of graduate assistantships available to qualified IU graduate students for the academic year. Deadlines for applications coincide with those for the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts assistantships; applications are generally due at the beginning of the spring semester. Check the History of Art graduate bulletin board for position announcements and application procedures. Because the museum may renew graduate assistantships, sometimes no new positions will be available. Assistantships carry a stipend and fee remission.

    For more information on available assistantships, contact Diane Pelrine, associate director for curatorial services, at dpelrine@indiana.edu.

Docents

The museum has a very active tour program that served over 17,500 patrons last year, of which half were children. The museum relies heavily on its volunteer tour guides (called docents) to maintain and grow its extensive tour programs.

People interested in becoming a docent or tour guide should contact Ed Maxedon, the Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Education, at gmaxedon@indiana.edu to set up an appointment and find out more about the program. New docents are trained over a year before joining the Continuing Docent program. New and Continuing Docent Classes meet on Mondays during the academic year.

Volunteer

Volunteer jobs in a variety of other areas are frequently available; the schedules vary depending on both availability and program schedules.

To apply to become a volunteer in one of the areas detailed below, please complete a volunteer application and email it to the museum or drop it off at the museum's third floor offices. Both students and non-students are welcome to apply.

  • Volunteer Positions

    Special Events

    Volunteers greet visitors to the museum and serve as museum ambassadors, helping to create a positive visitor experience. Volunteers help facilitate hands-on art experiences, scavenger hunts, and other engagement activities, during events. Other volunteers promote events by chalking sidewalks and hanging posters. 

    Administrative Volunteers

    Volunteers are needed as receptionists to greet visitors, answer phones, and do light office work, including mailings and data entry. Volunteers may work also work on marketing and development projects.

    Volunteer Assistants for Children’s Programs

    University students who have experience working with children are needed for children's programs, such as Family Day Workshops and hands-on projects. If interested, please call Ed Maxedon, the Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Education, at (812) 855-1045. Please note that volunteers must have a background check to work with children.

    Curriculum-Structured Tour Guides

    Graduate students assist with preparing and presenting specialized gallery lectures for university classes. If interested, please contact Tavy Aherne at .

    Student Outreach

    University students assist the museum's education department in planning and implementing university programs and projects. Interested students should call Ed Maxedon, the Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Education, at (812) 855-1045.

    Curatorial

    Volunteers assist with collections research and writing, exhibition design/prep/installation. These volunteer positions are project-oriented and are available on an as-needed basis.

    Publishing/Editorial

    Volunteers assist with design, proofreading, and production of catalogues, posters, brochures, exhibition labels, and other material for print and web. Positions are limited and available on an as-needed basis.

    Conservation

    Volunteers assist the museum’s conservator in the repair, restoration, and maintenance of works of art in the collection. A chemistry background and knowledge of art techniques are required; positions are very limited.

    Registrar’s Office

    Volunteers track movement and conditions of collections both internally and externally. Only graduate students may apply, and positions are very limited.