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Art@Work | Marwen's Summer Internship Program

Updated: Feb 7


Interested in applying for 2024? Let us know!


Art@Work is a creative career internship program where Chicago young people are hired for a 5-week summer creative internship in Chicago. Students are placed in an arts-related organization or business that matches the student’s interests, strengths, and creative skills. Marwen partners with sites across the city to offer various creative internships in order for young people to explore their next steps, learn about different creative career pathways, and envision their futures.


Since Art@Work launched in 2007, Marwen has partnered with 80+ organizations and companies and welcomed 274 interns into the program. In 2023, we celebrated the 16th anniversary of this special program with longtime partners like Spudnik Press (10 years), Intuit (9 years), Landon Bone Baker Architects (9 years), and so many other wonderful organizations and friends. Hear directly from past Art@Work interns about their personal experiences! See a complete list of past partners and creative fields below.


Eligibility:

  • Ages 16 - 18 (by July 1, 2024)

  • Resident of Chicago

  • Social security number or employment tax ID number required

  • If selected for the program, must be able to commit to the full employment schedule

Key information about the program:

  • Approximately 15-20 unique internships are available during the summer.

  • Applications are due in late April.

  • Selected young people will be invited to a 30-min Zoom interview with Marwen staff during the month of May.

  • Internships run for 5 weeks July through August.

  • Interns will divide their time between Marwen and their matched internship site.

  • Interns work a total of 14.5 hours per week for 5 weeks. 12 hours are dedicated to their internship site and 2.5 hours are spent at Marwen for professional development workshops.

  • Interns are paid $15.80/ hour for a total of $1,145.50 (before taxes).

  • Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements (see above).


Program Description:


Art at Work is a staple Marwen career program in which nearly 20 young people are hired to partake in both professional development workshops and creative internships around Chicago for five weeks in the summer. The goal is to support young people in exploring their next steps by providing an immersive experience for students in various creative career pathways, to offer paid opportunities in the arts, and to engage in professional and career development skill building.


The internship component is a unique way for young people to experience a job in a creative field that is often unavailable to predominantly underrepresented communities in the creative workforce. Marwen partners with Chicago organizations and businesses across the city so young people can gain and develop new skills. Young people are also able to visualize what their futures can look like!


In addition to the internship, interns participate in workshops at Marwen. The workshops cover a range of career development skills and themes, including communication skills, public speaking, artistic identity, resume and interview practice, financial literacy, time management, and more. These workshops aim to support young people throughout their internships and build new skills.


2023 Internship Sites

Note: 2024 sites will be posted in Spring

1. 826CHI

Field of work: Art Education


Internship Description: Do you enjoy working with students? Are you interested learning how non-profits create, design and implement programs? Come join us as a summer programs intern at 826CHI.


Internship Responsibilities:

  • Assist with 4 summer camps with students grades 2-12

  • Assistant Teach creative writing and art to students

  • Assist with administrative and operational tasks such as documenting attendance, coordinating supplies for the programs and evaluating effectiveness of programs

  • Document summer camps through video and photos

Internship Qualifications:

  • Interest in education, creative writing, and publication

  • Collaborative, energetic, takes initiative

Location: 1276 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


Website: www.826chi.org

2. AIGA Chicago

3. ART WORKS Projects

4. Bit Space

5. Cherry Mountain Arts

6. Chicago Scholars

7. Elastic Arts Foundation

8. Firehouse Community Art Center

9. FitzGerald Associates Architects

10. Foursided Card & Gift

11. Free Spirit Media

12. Gnarware Workshop

13. Harold Washington College - City Colleges of Chicago

14. Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

15. Latitude Inc NFP

16. Marwen

17. The WasteShed

18. Wrightwood 659



Past Art@Work Partners + Fields (2007-2023)

Interested in hosting a Marwen intern in 2024? Contact Maricela Ramirez at mramirez@marwen.org or 312.374.2949 to sign up.


Art@Work interns have worked with dozens of organizations and companies in a variety of creative fields since 2007...


Arts Administration - Community Engagement - Public Art - Gallery - Graphic Design -Jewelry Design - Nonprofit Arts Education - Art History - Retail Merchandising - Visual Merchandising - Film - Animation - Art + Technology - Marketing and Communications - Photography - Original Music - Licensing - Post-Audio - Digital Printing - Contemporary Art Gallery - Fashion Design - Child Development - Museum Programs - Ceramics - Architecture - Interior Design - Exhibition Design - Printmaking Museum Studies - Web Design - Murals - Bookbinding - Book Arts - Industrial Design - Disability Learning - Set Design - Fashion Merchandising - Facilities and School Management - Community Engagement - Community Arts Studio


3ARTS

606/PARK DISTRICT

826CHI

A + D GALLERY

AIGA CHICAGO

A GREATER GOOD

A+D GALLERY

ADORNMENT & THEORY

ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO

ART WORKS PROJECTS

BANANA REPUBLIC

BIT SPACE

BURBERRY

CANTV

CAPE

CHERRY MOUNTAIN ARTS

CHEWBONE ANIMATION

CHICAGO ARTIST COALITION

CHICAGO CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

CHICAGO COUNCIL ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

CHICAGO SCHOLARS

CHICAGO WOMEN IN TRADES

CHICAGO YOGA

COMMA MUSIC

CURSIVE DESIGN AND UAS

CUSHING

DAVID WEINBERG GALLERY

DESIGN CLOUD

ELASTIC ARTS

ELISE BERGMAN

ENGLEWOOD ARTS COLLECTIVE

FIELD MUSEUM

FIREBIRD COMMUNITY ARTS (FKA ARTREACH)

FITZGERALDS ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS

FLATFILE GALLERY

FOURSIDED CARD & GIFT

FREE SPIRIT MEDIA

GALLERY 400

GENSLER

GNARWARE WORKSHOP

GREATER GOOD STUDIO

GRIP DESIGN

GUERRERO HOWE

GUERRERO MEDIA

HAROLD WASHINGTON COLLEGE - CITY OF CHICAGO COLLEGES

HOOFPRINT

HULL HOUSE MUSEUM

INTUIT: THE CENTER FOR INTUITIVE AND OUTSIDE ART

KILBOURN PARK CONSERVATORY

LANDON BONE BAKER ARCHITECTS

LATITUDE

LEO BURNETT

LUMA

MAGNOLIA SCREEN PRINTING

MARIA PINTO

MARWEN

MARWEN X CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY

MoCP

MOTOROLA

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY

NORTH BRANCH

OPENLANDS

PAPERBOY PRESS / VESPINE GALLERY

PARK DISTRICT - Special Events

PDT

PROJECT ONWARD

R. HANEL PHOTOGRAPHY

REDMOON THEATER

ROBIN RICHMAN

SAIC

SAIC CONTINUING STUDIES

CAMPSKOOG PRODUCTION

SPUDNIK PRESS

STORYCORPS

SULLIVAN GALLERY

THE #LETSUSBREATHE COLLECTIVE

THE WASTESHED

TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND

UIC LATINO CULTURAL CENTER

WEINBERG NEWTON GALLERY

WERKSPACE

WOMAN MADE GALLERY

YOLLOCALLI/NATIONAL MEXICAN MUSEUM OF ART



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