Working at the Walker
The Walker offers a wide range of opportunities to full- and part-time staff in a creative and collaborative environment.
The Walker offers two paid, recurring fellowship programs:
Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity in the Arts is a 2-year program within our Visual Arts Department. Fellows have the opportunity to participate alongside Visual Arts curators in all phases of exhibition development, including research; checklist development; lender and artist relations; publication development; writing texts for exhibition interpretation, acquisitions, online content, and press and promotional materials; exhibition floor plan development; installation; and development of interpretive programs related to exhibitions. Fellows also assist with other departmental support including acquisitions research, preparation for presentations, leading tours, and donor relations.
Established in the early 1990s, this fellowship was created to proactively address issues of diversity and disparity in the museum profession. This fellowship continues to support our present ambitions to encourage greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and access to groups underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations. Individuals who have participated in this fellowship program have gone on to work at institutions throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art; Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; SITE Santa Fe; DIA Art Foundation; Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum; New Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and here at the Walker.
Mildred S. Friedman Design Fellowship is a 1-year program providing recent graduates the opportunity to work in a professional design studio environment. Fellows are embedded within an accomplished team of design and editorial professionals known for creating industry-leading work. Fellows will work on design projects that range from developing graphic identities for specific programs and exhibitions, including the design of all related collateral materials, to assisting the Design Director and other designers with long-term projects such as exhibition catalogues and promotional campaigns. They are involved in all aspects of the design process, including client meetings and presentations through production and supervision of printing.
Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, fellows come from graphic design programs throughout the United States and abroad. Fellows represent a diverse range of graphic design programs, such as Art Center College of Design, California College of Art, California Institute of the Arts, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Eastern Michigan University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, North Carolina State University, Rhode Island School of Design, Royal College of Art, Werkplaats Typografie, and Yale University, among many others. See openings.
The Walker is very appreciative that students and others from the community regard this institution as a place to contribute to the vibrant local, national, and international arts communities. Internships at the Walker are unpaid unless supported by a grant. Internship opportunities may open in the following departments: Education and Public Programs; Marketing/PR; Registration; Development and Membership; Library/Archives; Performing Arts; Visual Arts; and/or Moving Image. While these are unpaid opportunities, we provide all interns with a one-year Walker membership and museum discount, the opportunity to work alongside talented individuals, and support some remarkable artists, events, and programming while gaining valuable and meaningful work experience. See openings.
Volunteering at the Walker is a fun, flexible way to share your time and be a vital part of presenting contemporary art. Our committed volunteers are individuals who bring a wide variety of personal and professional experiences and interests to the Walker Art Center.
When you donate your time and talents to the Walker, you’re not only making an important contribution to the arts community but also learning new skills and making new friends in the arts.
Learn more more about our volunteer program and how to get started in a new as as new volunteer.
Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion in Our Workplace
At the Walker, we work to catalyze connections between artists and audiences, activating questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, communities, and cultures in an ever-changing world. We are only able to accomplish this through the efforts and talents of our dedicated staff. We have a strong commitment to being open to a diverse set of viewpoints to allow us to enact our mission and reflect the audiences we serve now and into the future.
Our staff are committed to taking a proactive role in improving and promoting inclusion in our workplace and into all our work practices:
- to seize opportunities to ensure our current methods and actions reflect our commitment to cultivating a more diverse and inclusive workplace
- to provide an inclusive visitor experience for diverse audiences
- to provide programming that engages with and is relevant to our diverse community
The Walker is committed to being an inclusive workplace as well as increasing diversity in our workforce. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.
Benefits & Wellbeing
At the Walker, staff members working 20 hours or more per week receive full benefits. Even part-time staff members receive many of the perks like free Walker membership, opportunities to attend curator-led staff tours, staff member discounts and the ability to work alongside living artists and dynamic colleagues.
Our benefits include:
- Health & Dental insurance including domestic partner eligibility
- 403(b) retirement plan: Walker contributes 6% of staff member’s gross income
- Substantial time off: 10 days of sick time, 11 paid holidays at start, plus 10 days vacation accrual within first year
- Free Walker membership
- Free and discounted tickets to programming, as available
- Curator-led exhibition tours
- Discounts on dining and in our Walker Shops
- Community Service Day for personal volunteering efforts
- Half-day Fridays throughout the summer
- Reduced monthly parking ramp rates
- Metro Transit bus passes
- Employee Assistance Program
- Working just steps from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
- Free or discounted admission to other cultural institutions across the United States