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Student Docents

Block Museum Student Docents play a key role in animating the vision of the museum.

What do student docents do?

Block Student Docents serve as tour guides, public facilitators, peer-to-peer ambassadors for the museum on campus, and in-house student advisors for all levels of museum staff and our Board of Advisors.

They lead tours throughout the museum and engage our broad array of campus and community visitors in dynamic conversations about art and ideas that are relevant to our lives today. In addition to this public-facing role, Docents serve as key campus ambassadors for The Block and student advisors for all levels of museum staff and leadership, help to shape programming and projects at the museum, and learn more about museum practice through behind-the-scenes insights and experience.

Who are Block student docents?

Student docents span the campus, majoring in English, Philosophy, Economics, Sociology, Global Health, Theater, Journalism, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Social Policy, Radio, Television and Film and more.

Meet the 2020-21 Student Docent Cohort 

Applications for 2021-2022 are now open!

The Block, Northwestern's campus art museum, is accepting applications to join our Student Docent Program in the 2021-2022 school year!

Block Museum Student Docents are a multidisciplinary cohort of NU undergraduates who work at the museum as tour guides, public facilitators, peer-to-peer ambassadors for the museum on campus, and in-house student advisors for all levels of museum staff and our Board of Advisors.

Docents learn how to research original works of art, lead inquiry-based tours, and facilitate conversations; meet with Block staff and leadership across departments for shared discussions on how museums work and why they matter; and develop a broad set of museum practice skills and experiences.

This is a paid position (3-5 hours per week) for the academic year. No previous art, art history, or museum experience required; open to all disciplines!

We are looking for applicants who are:

  • Interested in art and museums, and sharing this interest with others
  • Excited about facilitating interactions and conversations with the public
  • Curious about The Block, and museums today
  • Dedicated, reliable, punctual, and responsive to communication
  • Able to commit to at least one year of work
  • Eager to join a community of passionate people

 

Applications are due by Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST

Learn more and Apply