Photographic Archive Intern

Please see instructions on how to apply at the bottom of this page.

This project will create NMMA’s single most important archive, by providing a photographic history of Mexicans in Chicago from 1956-1976. The archive will ultimately be used for research, exhibitions, and communications. NMMA is seeking an intern to archive the collection whose responsibilities will be:

  • Develop and document a process for scanning photographic negatives
  • Scan and input approximately 25% of the negatives into an archive
  • Occasionally shadow or assist members of the Visual Arts department in departmental projects and meetings
  • Supervised participation in the de-installation and installation of current and upcoming exhibitions.

Candidates must be undergraduate juniors or seniors working towards a career in library science, photography, museum studies or a strongly related field. Qualified candidates must be highly responsible, detail-oriented, familiar with research activities as well as Adobe, Photoshop and File Maker programs. Ideal candidate will have written ability in Spanish, deep interest in Mexican culture, and be able to commit to this four-month project with the goal of archiving approximately 1,250 images. This is a competitive, paid internship for the period culminating by April 1, 2022.

This position pays $17/hr for a total of 150-180 hours between January and April 2022. In addition, you will receive a $300 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information. 

1) Are enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree. You must be a Junior or Senior as of the January 2022.
2) Reside or attend school in Chicago.
3) Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000. This number is on your FAFSA form, to see what it looks like -- click here. 


1) To apply to a position, please click here and fill out the eligibility application form
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for Arts Intern. Note: Once you're verified as eligible for Arts Intern, you can apply to as many positions in your city as you'd like.
3) You will forward your confirmation email, along with your resume and cover letter to the email below these instructions with the subject "Arts Intern Winter Approved Application". We recommend drafting a cover letter specific to each position for which you apply.

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to Cesáreo Moreno at

This internship is supported by Studio Institute.