The Museum of Contemporary Art internship
Deadline: Fall Term (September – December): 15 July, 2013

The Museum of Contemporary Art 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 MCA departments offer experiential education in a challenging, hands-on environment in exchange for a substantive contribution from talented and interested individuals.

The MCA, in its 220,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, presents its renowned collection and an ambitious schedule of cutting-edge exhibitions as well as educational and outreach programs. MCA interns have the unique opportunity to participate in the development and expansion of these programs and operations.

Interns assist with research projects and administrative tasks including preparing artists’ bibliographies and biographies and responding to general inquiries from scholars and the public about artists and artworks. Interns may also assist with writing gallery labels, data entry, copying articles, typing, filing, and preparing correspondence. Applicants should include writing samples with application. Candidates must have excellent organizational skills and be detail oriented. They should also have computer and administrative skills.

In order to increase diversity in professions related to museums and the arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art seeks diversity in its intern staff and provides equal opportunity to its applicants.
The Application Process

Application Materials
Application materials include the MCA application form, a resume, and two letters of recommendation. If applicable, include your school’s requirements for credit with your application. The curatorial, editorial, and development departments require 1-2 pages writing samples with applications. The graphic design, Multimedia Web and Multimedia Video departments require work samples.

Submitting your application by email
Applications may be submitted electronically by emailing and attaching the MCA application form, resume, two letters of recommendation, and any additional materials by the appropriate deadline. Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately with the applicant’s name in the subject line.

When submitting an application by email, please label your materials in the following order; last name, first name, underscore and type of document. For example, if your name is John Doe, your resume should be labeled as follows: Doe,John_resume.

Submitting your application by mail
Application materials may also be mailed to:

Angela Lopez
Internship and Volunteer Coordinator
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Application materials are reviewed for approximately four to six weeks after the deadline. Candidates for interviews will be notified by e-mail. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

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