Internships / Volunteers / Employment
MOCAD INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
You must be over the age of 18 to qualify for an internship at MOCAD.
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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
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 attend regular museum programming including artist talks, lectures, etc.
Jan. 15 - Apr. 30
May 1st - Jul. 31
Sep. 1 - Dec. 30
Days and Hours
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.
Interns must submit an intern application form along with two letters of recommendation from professors and/or previous
employers, a resume and a cover letter.
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:
Administration Interns gain exposure to the internal functions of the MOCAD through a variety of projects involving Administration, Visitor
Services, and Human Resources. Responsibilities include assisting with further developing the volunteer and internship
programs, as well as formalizing and documenting administration procedures, policies, operations, etc. Interns also assist in
the management of MOCAD's membership program by researching how to convert museum visitors to members and
donors, helping maintain the membership database, organizing direct mailings, and contributing ideas for membership
drives. Interns may also assist with event planning and special accounting projects. Candidates must be detail oriented and
have excellent organizational skills. They should also have basic computer and word processing skills. Knowledge of Excel
and FileMaker Pro is helpful.
This internship is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the fundraising process that goes on at a museum.
This department researches, solicits and fosters donors, grants and other funding opportunities. Projects include
researching new funding sources, preparation and production of media and public relations materials and assisting with
grants and solicitations. Potential interns should be well organized, possess good written and oral communication skills and
have good analytical skills.
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.
Exhibitions 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.
Graphic Design Interns assist staff in developing and producing materials related to MOCAD's graphic needs, including exhibition
catalogues, gallery signage, as well as promotional materials for both exhibitions and programs. Candidates should have
experience with website development (HTML) as well as in print production, and proficiency with Adobe InDesign, Adobe
Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop in a Macintosh environment. Candidates must be currently enrolled in or have graduated
from a graphic design program and include samples with their application.
Media Relations Interns help plan and implement publicity for exhibitions, educational programs, special events, the MOCAD Café and the MOCAD Store.They assist in the maintenance of MOCAD’s print archives and press-clipping library, as well as compile summations of exhibition coverage, draft media releases, and field inquiries and visits from the media. Special projects
include working at media previews, exhibition openings, and events. Interns may also assist in the production of exhibition materials such as catalogues, gallery guides, invitations, calendars, and advertisements. Specific responsibilities include proofreading, editing, some writing and research. Candidates must have excellent writing, organizational, and computer skills, and must be capable of working independently in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
Museum Store The MOCAD Store compliments the Museum's exhibition schedule by providing a stunning assortment of contemporary art
related titles and objects for sale. Interns will gain experience in the day-to-day operations of a retail space, and work with
the Museum Store Coordinator on budgeting, visual merchandising, marketing, special events and maintaining an online
store. Candidates should have experience in retail; merchandise display, or visual arts, plus an interest in shopping.
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 skills and research skills, as well as excellent customer service skills.