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An internship at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) offers participants hands-on training in museum professions, and a comprehensive overview of museum operations. Interns also gain insight into the national and international world of contemporary art, as well as experience in the non-profit arts world.

We welcome students and recent graduates over the age of 18 who wish to broaden their education and professional experience by working and learning in a not-for-profit museum. While all MOCAD departments offer experiential education in a challenging, hands-on environment, qualifications vary for each intern position. Some positions may require college or graduate training and/or professional experience.

Application Eligibility Requirements + Instructions

  • A completed and scanned or saved as PDF intern application: HERE
  • You will need to attach the following items to your application:
    1. Cover letter – PDF format (how to make a PDF)
    2. Current resume – PDF format (how to make a PDF)
    3. 1-2 letters of recommendation – encouraged but not required
  • You must be over the age of 18
  • You must be available to work a minimum of two days per week/seven hours per day, and for the full term (exact start/end dates determined on a departmental basis)

To apply, email your completed application and attachments to volunteer@mocadetroit.org.

With some exceptions, each department normally accepts 1-2 interns per session. DO NOT call MOCAD to check on the status of your application. We receive a high volume of applications, and each department will contact those applicants who are qualified directly for an interview. The department supervisor will notify selected interns of acceptance by September 1 and arrange a start date with them.

When making your arrangements, please keep in mind that internships are unpaid. If possible, MOCAD will work to assist you in receiving school credit. Unfortunately, at this time MOCAD is unable to offer visa or immigration assistance to international students seeking an internship.

During the Fall 2016 session, internships will available in the following Museum departments:

This internship is ideal for anyone who is interested in learning more about the fundraising process that goes on at a museum. Interns will: foster donor relationships, identify potential new funding sources for MOCAD programs and exhibitions, research and write grant narratives, prepare and update spreadsheets for grant tracking and program reports, update funder database, and learn other development department tasks. Potential interns should be well organized, possess good written and oral communication skills, and have good analytical skills. Preference given to applicants enrolled in Master’s degree programs.

Interns provide organizational and on-site support for educational and public programs, which include school programs, family programs, and other activities such as lectures, music performances, and films. Interns perform general departmental duties, such as preparation of program packets, educational materials, research, correspondence, and scheduling. Candidates must have excellent organizational and basic computer skills, and should be comfortable interacting with the public. Research experience and previous experience working with children are a plus. Projects will also include assisting with set-up, tear down and the planning of programs. Candidates should be well-organized, able to work in a team and have a strong interest in educational programs and special events.

Interns will work with the MOCAD Exhibitions staff to realize upcoming projects. They will assist in aspects of the planning, preparation and production of museum exhibitions by assisting with research, registrarial projects, and construction/demolition and installation of artwork in all media. Interns will also be responsible for maintenance of open exhibitions and other duties assigned by the supervisor, including attending galleries and performing periodic condition reports. Experience with construction, spatial planning, A/V and electronic equipment is a plus. Internship hours vary and demand larger time commitments during installations.

Public Programming
This internship is for those interested in learning more about the public programs that go on at MOCAD. The public programs intern will attend some meetings of the program committee and assist with organizing lectures, music performances and film series. Projects will include research and discovery of concepts relating to contemporary music, film and technology. It will also include logistical and production assistance of events, including both in-person and electronic communication with artists and performers. Candidates should be well-organized, able to work within a team and have a strong interest in music and/or technology.

Special Events + Facility Rentals
Interns work closely with the Facility Rental Coordinator and other MOCAD staff, gaining hands on experience in the planning and production of corporate receptions, fundraisers, weddings, film shoots, other rentals, and Museum specific events. Responsibilities include basic administrative work, research, maintenance of client files and databases, and assisting Museum staff with event specific tasks. Candidates should be very well organized, out-going, and punctual with basic computer and research ability, as well as excellent customer service skills.

Teen Council + Youth Programs
Interns work with the Youth Program Producer to support MOCAD’s Teen Council, presenting activities, skill building, and other learning opportunities for teenagers. Responsibilities will include administrative tasks, research, and working with Teen Council members to plan their events. Candidates should be very well organized, professional, punctual, and should also have basic computer and word processing skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Apps a plus.


Volunteering at MOCAD is a great way to get involved with the community, be part of a fun team, and interact with museum visitors, employees, and special guests. MOCAD strives to provide our volunteers with an interesting and rewarding learning experience.

MOCAD is currently accepting volunteer applications for people who are interested in being gallery attendants and for public programs. Volunteering as a gallery attendant could include helping visitors in the galleries and helping us ensure that artwork is not damaged. Volunteering at a public program could include greeting guests, running coat check, providing general information to visitors, or assisting with a craft activity (or something else!). You must be over the age of 18 to volunteer at MOCAD.

Please click here to fill out our volunteer application online.

Our apologies, but we are unable to take any phone calls about the status of volunteer applications. Any related questions may also be directed to volunteer@mocadetroit.org.