Internships

The MMoCA Internships program is designed to mentor future museum professionals by providing real-world learning experiences.

MMoCA Internships are open to undergraduates who have completed their sophomore year, recent college graduates, and graduate students. MMoCA Internships are unpaid, but students often arrange academic credit through their college or university.

MMoCA Internships are typically project-oriented within a specific department. The availability of internships is determined by the needs of individual departments within the limitations of staff, space, exhibition schedules, and the varying potential for challenging intern projects. MMoCA may consider candidates with interest in several areas of the museum, including membership and development, education, exhibitions, marketing and communications, and the MMoCA library. 

Interns must be able to fulfill their weekly hours between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

MMoCA is currently accepting applications for the 2014/15 academic year. 

ACADEMIC YEAR

These opportunities typically run the full academic year from mid-September through mid-May—with breaks for holidays. Interns benefit from working at the museum for 8 to 10 hours per week over an extended period. Specific schedules are worked out at the beginning of each semester depending on an intern’s other obligations. The application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is Monday, September 1, 2014.

SUMMER

These opportunities run from early June through late August. Interns benefit from working an intensive weekly, 15 to 20-hour schedule at the museum. Specific schedules are worked out at the beginning of the summer depending on an intern’s other obligations. All summer interns are required to work during Art Fair on the Square (July 11-13, 2014). The application deadline is May 1.

SEMESTER

These opportunities run over the course of one academic semester and are only available for the MMoCA contemporary art library. To be eligible, candidates must be enrolled in a graduate-level library program at an accredited American university. Each library intern will work with museum staff to design an internship that complements their studies and specific interests in library science. Library interns typically work 8 to 10 hours per week over the course of a semester, or more hours if they prefer. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the intended start date.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for a MMoCA Internship, it is preferred that you send the following materials to interns@mmoca.org. You may also fax the materials to Attention Interns at 608.257.5722 or send them by mail to MMoCA, 227 State Street, Madison, WI 53703:

When applicable, materials must be received by 5 pm on the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Departmental descriptions

Administrative- Administrative Interns assist with day-to-day museum functions. Tasks may include answering phones, data entry, assisting with mailings, research, word processing and assisting other departments with projects as needed.

Curatorial- Curatorial Interns assist with the organization of upcoming exhibitions. Tasks may include online and library research, creating labels and extended labels, generating and editing copy and more.

Development- Development Interns support the museum’s fundraising efforts through projects related to individual and business membership programs, grant writing, and other outreach efforts. Tasks may include research, copywriting, data tracking and analysis, and event support.

Education- Education Interns assist with the museum’s program and outreach efforts. Tasks may include exhibition-related research, copyright permissions, attendance tracking, and data entry. Design or writing projects may be assigned based on an applicant's experience.

Events- Events Interns support the museum’s numerous fundraising events, such as Art Fair on the Square, Holiday Art Fair, Hair Affair, and MMoCA Nights. Tasks may include assisting with mailings, making phone calls, volunteer coordination, data entry, and work at some evening and/or weekend events.

Marketing- Marketing Interns assist with MMoCA’s public relations efforts. Tasks may include updating social media, copywriting, editing, and design work.

Permanent Collection- Permanent Collection Interns work directly with the thousands of works in MMoCA’s collection. Tasks may include art handling and data entry. Experience is preferred.