Opportunities

In addition to having full-time staff, the Center for Design and Material Culture also offers student hourly employment, fellowships, and other opportunities to engage with the center. Contact us if you have questions or would like more information.

Posted Full-time Positions

We are currently hiring for the following full-time position:

Engagement Manager for Exhibitions and Programs

The Engagement Manager for Exhibitions and Programs reports to the Executive Director of the Center for Design and Material Culture (CDMC) and is responsible for consistently managing high-quality exhibitions and programs across the Ruth Davis Design Gallery, the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, and the new Dorothy O’Brien Innovation Lab, as well as innovative programming and outreach that supports the material culture, textile, and design thinking pillars of the CDMC’s mission. Application window for this position closed on 07/09/21. This listing will be removed as soon as the position has been filled.

Regular Offerings

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Opportunities

Gallery Attendant – Undergraduate and graduate students are offered the ability to learn hands-on gallery experience. From installation to program management to exhibition design, gallery attendants work in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery and Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery and steward the spaces, making them accessible to the campus and local community.

These positions are typically filled at the change of the semester so check back for new openings.

Collection Assistant – This position is available to undergraduate and graduate students interested in museum collection management. Collection assistants work hands-on with the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection in object handling, accessioning, provenance research, and more.

These positions are typically filled at the change of the semester so check back for new openings.

Research Assistant –  Typically reserved for graduate students, this position centers on conducting in depth research. In this position, graduate students work towards an exhibition by assisting with research centered on a few objects or a theme.

These positions are typically filled on an as needed basis so check back for new openings.

Internship – The CDMC offers an internship for undergraduate students interested in learning opportunities surrounding one of our three pillars, textiles, design thinking, and material culture. These internships are filled through work in our galleries and/or the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection.

Contact us for more information about these internships.

Summer Undergraduate Fellowship – In partnership with the Chipstone Foundation, the CDMC offers a summer undergraduate research fellowship. Students are given the opportunity to conduct research in one of the three pillars of the center, textiles, design thinking, and material culture.

Faculty Opportunities

Faculty in Residence – UW–Madison faculty have the opportunity to work directly with the CDMC in a year long partnership that may result in a meaningful exhibition, project, or program.

Affiliate – Available to  UW–Madison faculty, affiliation with the center enhances the opportunity to study and program around the three pillars of the CDMC, textiles, design thinking, and material culture, both for the center and the affiliate.

Additional Opportunities

Honorary Fellowship – Scholars, researchers, and other individuals working in textiles, material culture, and design thinking in ways that connect to the goals of the CDMC may be eligible to become honorary fellows of the center. This fellowship is available to academic staff and people from outside the UW–Madison network.