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 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.
The Walker offers two paid, recurring fellowship programs:
- Interdisciplinary Fellowship of Visual Arts is a 2-year program awarded to an emerging curatorial scholar with an advanced art history, cultural studies, or other similar degree. This interdisciplinary fellowship provides in-depth training and performance-based contemporary practice in museums and art centers. Providing solid experience in both practical and theoretical aspects of this relatively new field, the fellowship supports the Walker’s goal to encourage greater leadership in this area, and to develop a new generation of curatorial and scholarly talent engaged with the challenges and evolving standards for collecting, documenting, archiving, and presenting interdisciplinary work across gallery, stage, and site.
- Graphic Design Fellowship is a 1-year program awarded to a graphic designer with an advanced degree. This fellow is part of an an accomplished team of professionals known for creating industry-leading work. Immersed in the Design and Editorial departments, fellows gain a deeper understanding of design; work on projects with deep, rich, interesting content; and are expected to produce work to the highest standards of design excellence.
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.
To become a volunteer, your first step is to join us for an orientation in the Walker Cinema. Attending an orientation is mandatory for all volunteers, and we assure you that it will be worth your time. Learn more.
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 7% 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
- Weekly on-site yoga
- 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