As the region’s only contemporary art museum, MOCA shapes, advances, and creates desire for contemporary culture.  MOCA’s staff, fellows and interns eagerly engage with contemporary art and ideas. We respond nimbly to challenges and opportunities with an entrepreneurial spirit.  Cleveland is our home; we are grounded in, and deeply inspired by, this incredible community.

If you want to join us, read on…


Open positions will be posted below and removed upon identification of a suitable candidate.  Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open positions.


ARTS INTERN PROGRAM (Paid Summer Internships)

MOCA Cleveland is excited to partner with the Arts Intern program to provide an exciting opportunity for college undergraduates to learn about nonprofit professions, through internships in museums and cultural institutions. The program seeks candidates with demonstrated financial need and encourages applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds. Please visit for additional details about this program.

Internships last 9 weeks and interns work 35 hours a week. Interns will be paid $11.00 per hour. Upon completion of final reports and submission of final documents, interns will receive a $250 stipend. Please note that in order to be paid the full amount, students will need to comply with all the objectives and requirements of the internship program, which are included in the job descriptions.

MOCA is offering three internships during the Summer 2017: Curatorial, School-to-Museum, and Public Programs. Descriptions can be found below.



What are internships like at MOCA?

♦ You’ll be placed in a department where you can contribute and grow based on your strengths, interests and goals.
♦ You’ll work side-by-side with passionate, experienced professionals who love what they do and are committed to your success.
♦ You will help to support myriad strategic initiatives that advance the institution’s programs and exhibitions.
♦ We value your fresh and occasionally unconventional ideas, enthusiasm and hard work.


You’ll love interning at MOCA if…

♦ You crave the creative freedom to own your projects and make an impact.
♦ You’re comfortable discussing ideas and are open to lots of feedback.
♦ You can handle a wide variety of tasks without constant supervision.
♦ You’re confident and capable, enthusiastic and multi-talented.
♦ You like being surrounded by amazing, challenging artwork.


And if we could Frankenstein our perfect intern?

♦ Passionately talented, creative and interesting.
♦ Independent and self-motivated.
♦ Possessing a curious, investigative spirit.
♦ Loves Cleveland and is willing to flatten anyone who mentions a burning river.


What internships are available?
We place students in nearly every department at MOCA, however not every internship is offered every season. Job descriptions for available internships can be found below.


Where will I be working?
         ♦ MOCA’s building is a stunning jewel with beautiful, open office spaces, right in the heart of Cleveland’s UpTown district.


What are the deadlines and start dates?
Internships are loosely based on MOCA's exhibition seasons, which are Winter/Spring (January - May); Summer (June - August); and Fall (September - December). Some internships overlap so please refer to the job description for details.

Deadline to apply for the Winter/Spring Internship is Nov. 1

Deadline to apply for the Summer Internship is April 1

Deadline to apply for the Fall Internship is July 1


A few more things to keep in mind:

♦ MOCA internships are unpaid but provide an exceptional opportunity to gain real work-world experience.
♦ Plan on working 8-16 hours per week with a schedule based on your availability.
♦ You should reside in the Cleveland area during your internship. We can’t help with relocation expenses.
♦ We encourage international applicants, however MOCA does not provide financial reimbursement or sponsorship for international visas.
♦ We want you to have the full experience so interns should expect to work in the office rather than at home.    
♦ We will happily collaborate with your educational institution to give you academic credit for your experience.

If you are a high school student interested in a project at MOCA, please click here to inquire about STUDENT PROJECT REQUESTS.





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