MOCAD Café Employee


  • A minimum of 1 year of relevant sales, banquet, catering, and/or cafe experience, including customer service, and basic knowledge of accounting procedures.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a friendly attitude and ability to work on a team.
  • Ability to be orderly and a thorough cleaner.
  • An interest in healthy, well-prepared food and coffee.
  • Basic knowledge of food sanitation requirements.
  • Working knowledge of Apple OSX, MS Office Suite (Word and Excel) preferred, as well as comprehension of basic cash register operations. Familiarity with Breadcrumb POS a plus.
  • Ability to handle high volume, busy periods.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time, lift from ground to above shoulder, climb stairs and ladders, bend, stoop, sit, push, pull and perform tasks requiring manual dexterity.
  • TIPS and ServSafe certification strongly desired.

To apply submit your cover letter, resume and sample portfolio to Human Resources at hr@mocadetroit.org. No phone calls please.


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Manager of Foundation Relations + Grant Management


  • Interest in contemporary art and culture
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, professional writing or a similar major preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • 1-3 years of successful grant writing experience
  • Superior organizational abilities as well as time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work on a team
  • Attention to detail and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel); familiarity with DonorPerfect and Google Calendar a plus

To apply submit your cover letter, resume and sample portfolio to Human Resources at hr@mocadetroit.org. No phone calls please.


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Exhibitions Assistant


  • Comfortable and experienced with lifting more than 40 lbs., climbing ladders, and general
    physical demands of construction-related activities.
  • Flexible and able to coordinate with various individuals to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational and multi-task abilities, with a “get it done” personality.
  • Able to coordinate proper administration for the Exhibitions Department with high attention to
    detail, procedure, and paperwork/documentation. Knowledge and understanding of basic
    accounting/financial procedures is helpful to this position.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with attention to grammar and style, and a
    pleasant communication demeanor.
  • Keen passion for contemporary arts.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work on a team.
  • Experience with Museum registration and general administrative duties.
  • Working knowledge of Apple OSX, Google Apps (Gmail, Drive, etc.), MS Office Suite (Word and
    Excel), and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop). Basic knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign
    are very useful.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or relevant experience.

To apply submit your cover letter, resume and sample portfolio to Human Resources at hr@mocadetroit.org. No phone calls please.


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Visitor Services + Membership Associate


  • Friendly and eager to welcome, assist, and communicate with Museum visitors and patrons from all walks of life.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills to interface with various departments, management levels, and the public.
  • Ability to communicate thoroughly.
  • Interest in contemporary art and culture.
  • Attention to detail; extremely punctual and reliable. Able to maintain a calm demeanor during high traffic times.
  • A proactive, can-do attitude and self-starter approach to work, with a sense of urgency.
  • Superior organizational abilities for general administrative tasks.
  • 1-2 years of retail, customer service, and cash handling experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including attention to written grammar and spelling.
  • Working knowledge of Apple OSX, Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel), Google Calendar/Google Suite. Familiarity with Mailchimp, Shopify Point of Sale, or Donor Perfect a plus.
  • Relevant experience, including customer service, online or retail sales, and basic knowledge of accounting procedures.
  • Can lift up to 25lbs.

To apply submit your cover letter, resume and sample portfolio to Human Resources at hr@mocadetroit.org. No phone calls please.


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Internships at MOCAD

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is where adventurous minds encounter the best in contemporary visual, literary, music, and performing arts. A responsive center for diverse audiences, MOCAD presents art that contextualizes, interprets, educates and expands culture, pushing us to the edges of contemporary experience. The museum presents an ambitious schedule of cutting-edge exhibitions, and educational and outreach programs.

About Internships at MOCAD

The Internship Program at MOCAD offers participants 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. We welcome current students who wish to broaden their education and professional experience by working and learning in a not-for-profit museum.

Internships offer experiential education in a challenging, hands-on environment, in exchange for a substantive contribution to the museum from talented and interested individuals. Interns may complete a number of projects and daily assignments, participate in departmental meetings, special events, and various educational programs and attend regular museum programming including artist talks, lectures, etc. During the summer, a brown bag lunch program takes place weekly.

Departments generally accept one to two interns per session. All interns are expected to turn in biweekly time sheets/reflections documenting the hours they work and projects they have worked on, to be reviewed by their internship supervisor and recorded by the Operations office. Interns must be able to work a full term. Departments currently offering internships are: Exhibitions, Grants + Foundation Relations, Special Events + Facility Rentals, Teen Council + Youth Programs.

Although the MOCAD does not offer paid internships, there are special benefits to being a MOCAD Intern. Benefits of being an MOCAD intern include: a membership card providing reduced or free admission to more than 3,000 member museums across the nation for the length of your internship; curator-led tours of current MOCAD exhibitions; free admission to MOCAD talks and performances; discounts in the MOCAD Store and cafe; and opportunities to meet with museum professionals in nearly every department of the Museum.


Current students over the age of 18 are eligible for internships, and preference will be given to students in museum studies, the arts, arts administration, humanities and related fields. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit provides equal opportunity to its applicants. When making your arrangements, please keep in mind that internships are unpaid. At this time MOCAD is unable to offer visa or immigration assistance to international students seeking an internship. It is recommended that interns have a personal laptop they can use during their internship

Schedule of Internship Sessions + Time Commitment

There are two internship sessions and two application deadlines per year. Departments will work with individual interns to determine specific start and end dates roughly matching the dates listed below. Interns must be able to commit to a regular schedule with a minimum of 14 hours per week, which they will determine with their department supervisor.

Academic Year Session 2019 –January-May

Application Period: Closed

Application Deadline: November 30

Start date: January 5, 2019

Summer Session – 3 months, June-August

Application Window: Closed

Application Deadline: February 22

Internship Term: May 16 through August 30

Compensation + School Credit

Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to offer financial compensation for internships. We hope to be able to adjust that in the future! To the extent of our ability, we will assist you in receiving school credit. Please check with your university about how to make arrangements for receiving credit.

How to Apply

There are two application deadlines per year, April 15 and November 30. Applications received after the deadlines and incomplete applications will not be considered. Please review all information about the internships carefully before applying, and double check your materials before hitting send. Interns must submit three items in PDF format:

  1. An intern application form.
  2. A current resume.
  3. A cover letter – please review the application form for information on what to address in your cover letter.
  4. One to two letters of recommendation from professors and/or previous employers are preferred and appreciated but not mandatory. They may be sent to volunteer@mocadetroit.org.

Those applicants whom the departments are interested in interviewing will be contacted. The department supervisor will notify selected interns of acceptance and arrange a specific start date. Applicants will receive a response by May 1 for summer and December TBD for the academic year.

Please do not call to check on the status of your application.