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The Internship Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) offers participants “hands on” training in the museum profession and a comprehensive overview of museum operations. Interns also gain insight into the national and international world of contemporary art.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit internship program welcomes students and recent graduates who wish to broaden their education and professional experience by working and learning in a not-for-profit museum. All MOCAD departments offer experiential education in a challenging, hands-on environment in exchange for a substantive contribution from talented and interested individuals.

The museum presents an ambitious schedule of cutting-edge exhibitions as well as educational and outreach programs, and MOCAD interns have the unique opportunity to participate in the development and expansion of these programs and operations.

There are three application deadlines and selection periods per year. Internships require a minimum commitment of fourteen hours per week for three months, during which time interns may complete a number of exclusive projects as well as daily assignments. Interns also participate in departmental meetings, special events, and various educational programs, as well as attending regular museum programming including artist talks, lectures, etc.

Unfortunately, at this time MOCAD is unable to offer visa or immigration assistance to international students seeking an internship. When making your arrangements, please keep in mind that internships are unpaid. If possible, MOCAD will work to assist you in receiving school credit. Interns are expected to turn in biweekly time sheets/reflections documenting the hours they work and projects they have worked on.

Each department generally accepts 1-2 interns per session, departments will work with individual interns to determine specific start and end dates, the dates listed below should be understood as a guideline. MOCAD is currently accepting applications for the Winter/Spring Term only.

MOCAD is currently accepting applications for the Winter/Spring Term only.

2017 Winter/Spring Term
February 1 – April 30
Application Deadline: January 15

2017 Summer Term
May 1 – August 30
Application Deadline: April 15

2017 Fall Term
September 1 – December 30
Application Deadline: August 15

Interns must be able to work a minimum of two days per week/seven hours per day. The exact schedule will be determined with the department supervisor. Interns must be able to work a full term.

All interested individuals over the age of 18 are eligible to apply for an internship. Qualifications vary for each intern position and some positions may require college or graduate training and/or professional experience.

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 equal opportunity to its applicants.

When making your arrangements, please keep in mind that internships are unpaid.

Application Procedure
Interns must submit an intern application form along with a resume and a cover letter. Letters of recommendation from professors and/or previous employers are preferred and appreciated but not mandatory. Once your file is complete, please do not call the Intern Coordinator to check on the status of your application. Only those applicants 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.

Internships are 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 programs, which include school programs, family programs, and other activities such as lectures, artist led workshops and films. Interns perform general departmental duties, such as preparation of program packets, educational materials, research, correspondence, and scheduling. 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 excellent organizational, communication, basic computer skills, and should be comfortable interacting with the public. Research experience and previous experience working with children are a plus. Candidates must have project management skills, good judgment and positive demeanor in working with the public, staff, and board. 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.

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.

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.

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. This internship will most likely require working on two Saturdays during the day and one Friday evening per month.


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.