MMoCA's Internship Program invites applications from art-enthusiastic individuals who have completed at least two years of college coursework (or equivalent) and are interested in gaining first-hand professional experience in a museum setting.
Applicants are encouraged to obtain academic credit for their internship through their college or university. While all internships are unpaid, MMoCA offers interns the following benefits:
- Free admission to MMoCA exhibition openings, art talks, and films
- Staff discounts at the Museum Store
- Behind-the-scenes previews of exhibitions and special events
- Real-world museum work experience!
Our project-oriented internships are available in Fall (September-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (May-August), and are dependent upon the needs of individual departments. Scheduling is flexible, however, interns are expected to complete scheduled hours between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Fall, spring, and academic-year interns are asked for a commitment of 8 to 10 hours per week. Summer interns are asked to commit 15 to 20 hours per week to the museum, and are required to work during Art Fair on the Square (July 8-10, 2017).
MMoCA internships provide valuable work experience for students interested in pursuing museum work. Here is what some of our former interns have to say about their experiences at MMoCA:
"My internship at MMoCA opened doors for me. As an administrative intern, I was exposed to the daily operations that make the museum tick. The small staff size allowed me to work on a range of projects, which develop a diverse set of real-world, transferrable skills. Working with MMoCA’s friendly, talented staff, I always felt supported and valued. Throughout the internship, I was given a dynamic set of responsibilities, which made the experience both enjoyable and rewarding. In one day, I might move from sealing envelopes to working a museum event, or conducting research to helping prepare an exhibition. My internship with MMoCA was an invaluable experience and helped me to secure my first job." —Andrew E.
"Interning with MMoCA provided me with a well-rounded experience I couldn't have gotten anywhere else. The staff is fun, friendly, and welcoming, but above all, they are excited about their jobs and are more than happy to take the time to talk and help you delve deeper into the museum's workings." —Emily G.
"Through my time as an Events Intern for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, I discovered what it takes to successfully administer arts-related events both out front and behind the scenes. By doing so I was able to gain valuable technical and organizational skills." —Gabby C.