Call for Volunteers:

On Friday, January 24, 2020, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and MOCAD’s New Wave will host their annual Monster Drawing Rally – a live drawing event and fundraiser.

Whether you volunteered last year, or this is your first year volunteering, we’d love for you to join us in making the event a success! Volunteers play a crucial role in the event. Our goal is to confirm you, along with additional volunteers, by Monday, December 2, 2019! 

Monster Drawing Rally (MDR) is an event concept originally developed by Southern Exposure in San Francisco, California. Southern Exposure proudly shares the concept as an open-source fundraising model. MDR at MOCAD begins at 7pm and ends at 10pm.To have a successful, fun event, we need you to volunteer between 5:30-10:30pm. We provide snacks, beverages, and breaks when needed! Volunteers will also receive a special event tee-shirt!

Volunteer Roles 

  • Seller – help facilitate the sales of drawings. 
  • Bagger – help transport finished artwork into protective bags and up onto the wall for viewing and purchasing. 
  • Runner – help run finished artwork to the bagging station.
  • Greeter – welcome guests to the event and direct arriving artists to the appropriate station. 
  • Hanger – assist our Exhibitions team in hanging the completed artwork for viewing. 
  • Material Handlers – ration art materials to artists and fill art supplies when running low. 
  • Artwork Locators – assist guests who purchased artwork to check-out and claim their pieces. 

Monster Drawing Rally is a fast-paced event where you’re able to connect with other volunteers and nearly one-hundred, local artists, listen to groovy music, and have fun. So, can we count on you?! 

Please confirm your volunteer participation by filling out THIS FORM.

Thank you for your consideration. Your interest is greatly appreciated!


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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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Major Gifts Officer


  • Interest in contemporary art and culture
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Working knowledge of generally accepted office management practices
  • Proven record of professional ethics related to the practice of private gift fundraising
  • Highest ethics as they relate to all aspects of museum practices
  • Enthusiasm about being a member of a team in a major art museum with a strong guest-centered community dynamic
  • Ability to understand and maintain high level of confidentiality
  • Flexible and helpful; willingness to travel and work irregular hours including evenings and weekends.

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


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Sound Engineer


  • Keen passion and knowledge of contemporary music, film, and the arts (local, national,
    and international).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work on a team as well as independently.
  • Experience with Audio Visual equipment needed for music, film, presentations, etc.
  • Knowledge and experience identifying AV needs.
  • Must be organized and have ability to develop and keep deadlines.
  • Flexible scheduling availability – most programs and rentals happen during late
    afternoons/evenings and on weekends; some occur during daytime business hours.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or relevant experience required.
  • Must be able to 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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Summer 2020 Internship Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit – Now Accepting Applications

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.

Summer Internship Session: May-August 2020

Important Dates:

  • Application deadline: Friday, April 17, 2020
  • Internship Orientation: Friday, May 1, 2020
  • Internship Start-Date: Monday, May 4, 2020

Please submit your resume and cover letter in PDF format to MOCAD’s Special Projects Coordinator, at childebrand@mocadetroit.org. Please state which intern position you are applying for in the email title.
Please do not call the Museum to check on the status of your application.

What are the perks of being a MOCAD intern?

  • VIP invitations to special events at MOCAD and events around Detroit
  • Valuable, in-depth and hands-on experience
  • School credit
  • Letter of recommendation upon completion
  • The opportunity to work closely and directly with experienced museum professions
  • Opportunities to meet some of the most influential artists in contemporary art, today!
  • Become a part of a fun and influential network of cultural workers and artists
  • Receive a year-long membership at MOCAD (benefits include: invitations to special members preview hour for exhibition openings and a program guide delivered to your house; personalized MOCAD membership card; 10% discount at Café 78 and in the MOCAD store, double discount weekend (20% discount on MOCAD store items) during the first week of December; and free admission to select public programs.

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

Museum Department Heads will work with individual interns to determine specific start and end dates, roughly matching the listed start date. 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.

Compensation + School Credit

Unfortunately, at this time, MOCAD is 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.

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.

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.

Curatorial and Exhibitions Department Internship

MOCAD is looking for qualified Curatorial and Exhibitions interns. The interns will work with the Curatorial and Exhibitions Department on a number of projects ranging from exhibitions to public programs. Interns will assist in various aspects of the planning, preparation and production of museum exhibitions. Interns will also actively work with across the Curatorial and Exhibitions departments to support with research, registrar projects, some logistical assistance in addition to other duties assigned by the supervisor. Internship hours vary and demand larger time commitments during installations. Potential interns should be well organized, possess good written and oral communication skills, and have good analytical skills.


Interns will assist in drafting membership correspondences, promotions, and marketing materials. Interns will research membership strategies at comparable contemporary art institutions. Interns will assist with membership sales at Museum events and will provide database entry assistance. Interns will help with the 2019 Gala + Benefit Art Auction by coordinating donations and managing the donation list and auction binder. Interns will gain experience and knowledge of strategies and initiatives that museums employ to increase donor and membership engagement.