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Curatorial Fellowship
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MOCAD is seeking applicants for its 2017 Curatorial Fellowship.

This year-long fellowship supports our goal to encourage greater involvement from the diverse and energetic art scene that surrounds MOCAD. This prestigious fellowship provides curatorial training and an opportunity for the fellow to engage with a community of scholars, artists, writers, and thinkers from around the world. The fellow is fully integrated into one of the Museum's curatorial and education departments, while devoting his or her time to a specific MOCAD project as well as other experiences. The individual works directly with one or more curators, who serve as supervisors and mentors throughout the term of the fellowship. The Curatorial Fellowship provides recent graduates and graduate students working on a higher degree in the field with important professional experience. MOCAD is committed to being an inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from minority group members, women, and persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals. Decisions regarding recruitment, employment, promotion, salary increases, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment will be based solely on individual merit without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, age, disability, height, weight, marital status, veteran status or any other factor protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. This 12-month fellowship will start on January 1, 2017 and continue through December 31, 2017.

This position will work with the curatorial staff on a variety of projects related to exhibitions, with an emphasis on MOCAD’s expanding international exhibition schedule and Detroit-based artists initiatives.

The Curatorial Fellows are expected to live in Detroit during the period of the fellowship. They will work closely with the MOCAD Exhibitions department and Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at Large Jens Hoffmann to bring upcoming exhibitions and public programs to the Museum. The Curatorial Fellows will also be asked to work on existing museum programs and exhibition series as well as propose new museum initiatives. Fellows will provide other support to curatorial staff and exhibitions staff as needed.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample by email to hr@mocadetroit.org or by mail to Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201


Applications for Fall 2016 will be due in the middle of August, please check back on July 29 for updated information.

Application Eligibility Requirements + Instructions

  • Complete the internship application form online: 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)

DO NOT call the Intern Coordinator to check on the status of your application. 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 visa or immigration assistance to international students seeking an internship.

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 researching social media trends, e-communications, 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.

Education + Public Programming
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.

Gallery Attendant
Interns will gain experience in range of visitor service duties including: greeting visitors, monitoring the museum galleries and engaging in dialogue about MOCAD's exhibitions. Interns will also provide general Museum information to visitors and will draw attention to upcoming exhibitions, programs and events. Candidates must have project management skills, good judgment and positive demeanor in working with the public, staff, and board.

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.

Special Events + Facility Rentals
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.

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.

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