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MOCAD is currently accepting internship applications for 2015 Summer Term. Please read the information below carefully, and submit your full application to volunteer@mocadetroit.org with the subject line "Summer Intern 2015 - Name of applicant" by Wednesday, April 15, 2015 for consideration. No phone calls.

Those applicants in whom the departments are interested in interviewing will be contacted. The department supervisor will notify selected interns of acceptance at least two weeks before the start of each cycle. Unfortunately, at this time MOCAD is unable to offer internships to international students.

DO NOT call the Intern Coordinator to check on the status of your application. Only those applicants in whom the departments are interested in interviewing will be contacted. The department supervisor will notify selected interns of acceptance at least two weeks before the start of each cycle.

Application Requirements + Eligibility

  • You must be over the age of 18
  • Internship application form - Download Application (PDF Document)
  • Cover Letter
  • Current Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors and/or previous employers
  • Availability 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)

Download Application (PDF Document)

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.

When making your arrangements, please keep in mind that internships are unpaid. If possible, MOCAD will work to assist you in receiving school credit.

In order to increase diversity in professions related to museums and the arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit seeks diversity in its intern staff and provides an equal opportunity to all of its applicants.

Internships are available in the following Museum departments:

This internship is meant to help with the overall external messaging and communications for the museum. The museum does nearly all of its own promotions and marketing, so this position will allow candidates to have an intricate knowledge both of working for a museum and for a nonprofit. Interns will gain experience in e-communications, social media research and growth, copyediting, and consistent branding. Ideal candidates should be experienced with social media and digital composing, have an excellent understanding of grammar, and be able to manage deadlines.

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 several educational programs, which include school programs, family programs, and other activities. 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. Candidates should have research experience and have previously worked with children.

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.

Interns gain exposure to the internal functions of the MOCAD through a variety of projects involving Administration, Operations, and Human Resources. Responsibilities include assisting with administration procedures, policies, operations, etc. Interns may also assist with special accounting projects. Including simple accounting data entry. Candidates must be detail oriented and have excellent organizational skills. They should also have basic computer and word processing skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Google Apps a plus.

This internship is for anyone interested in learning more about the public programs that go on at a museum. The program intern will attend meetings of the program committee and assist with organizing lectures, music performances and film series. Projects will 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.

Special Events
Interns gain experience in the planning and production of events including corporate receptions and dinners, not-for-profit fundraisers, weddings, and other private events. Interns work closely with the MOCAD Special Event Director and other MOCAD Staff. Their responsibilities include basic administrative tasks, research, maintenance of client files and databases, and assisting the staff with events. Candidates should be very well organized, out-going and punctual. They should have basic computer and research skills, as well as excellent customer service skills.


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.

Volunteers are currently needed at MOCAD to work on special events as needed. This could include greeting guests, running coat check, providing general information to visitors, or assisting in set up. You must be over the age of 18 to volunteer at MOCAD.

Download Application (PDF Document)

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at MOCAD, please download the volunteer application, complete it, and return it to:

Volunteer + Intern Coordinator
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

Any related questions may also be directed to volunteer@mocadetroit.org.

Volunteers at Monster Drawing Rally 2013
Volunteers at Monster Drawing Rally 2013