ARTSINTERN - Special Summer Public Programs Intern

Programs + Engagement

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 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.

This summer, MOCA is presenting the original exhibition Constant as the Sun. On view from June 2 to September 17, 2017, Constant as the Sun is the third iteration in a biannual series of thematic group exhibitions focusing on artists working in or deeply connected to this region. Previous exhibitions include Realization is Better than Anticipation (summer 2013) and How to Remain Human (summer 2015).

Constant as the Sun will feature 10-12 artists and artist collectives whose work and/or practice demonstrates diverse, often collaborative approaches to portraying, building, and connecting communities. With a range of materials, perspectives, approaches, and outcomes, the exhibition will explore the power and provocation of socially-conscious art and its relevance to the urgent issues we face here and beyond. The title references a line in a poem by Peter Davies titled "Allison," written in honor of one of the four college students killed during Vietnam War protests at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. In relation to the exhibition theme, the title suggests the enduring significance of art and artists to defining and cohering communities across our region.

For this exhibition, MOCA will develop many public programs that feature the artists in various ways, as well as dive into the relevant subjects that they examine in the work they produce. Many of the artists featured work in social practice; they convene audiences to create opportunities for new ideas, outcomes, and experiences. We intend to support these artists in creating such programming throughout the season on and offsite MOCA in order to expand the exhibition’s potential and reach new audiences. The Summer Public Programs Intern would work hand-in-hand with our Curator of Public Programs, our exhibition curatorial team, and the artists themselves to finalize, plan, and help execute such programming. Programs may range artist conversations to live performances to guided hands-on workshops. The Summer Public Programs Intern will be tasked with helping to set and evaluate goals for every program that s/he works on, and to strategize promotional and outreach ideas to reach and exceed those goals. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are interested in working at the critical intersection between artists and audiences.

A successful candidate will be a confident, socially-engaged person who enjoys meeting, talking with, and learning from diverse individuals. S/he must have outstanding written and oral communications skills with a honed attention to detail. Ideal candidates would be described by former managers as organized, collaborative, outgoing, and creative. MOCA is a very fast-paced environment that requires all staff, interns included, to manage their time and work independently as required and prepared.

The Summer Public Programs Intern will be responsible for a variety of tasks ranging from communication with artists (email and formal letters), coordination of resources (sourcing to organizing), creative problem solving, promotional strategizing, on-the-ground outreach, program/project execution (ranging from set-up to assisting with hands-on guidance), and evaluation.

Positions are open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. We accept applicants from all areas of undergraduate study; you do not need to major in art or art history.

Are you Eligible?
You must answer yes to all the questions below.
• Do you attend college in one of the four participating cities, or are you a resident of one of these cities?* (see below for clarification of residency requirement)
• Are you enrolled full time in college?
• Are you pursuing an undergraduate degree?
• Are you entering junior or senior year in the fall of 2017?
• Does your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $5,000?
• Can you legally work in the United States without sponsorship?

Application Requirements
1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Financial Aid Qualification Please submit copy of Student Aid Report (SAR). It must indicate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $5,000
4. Transcript: Unofficial transcripts are acceptable in PDF form
5. Reference: Include phone number and e-mail address

How to Submit
E-mail your complete application with the subject line 'Arts Intern' to Christina Eagleeye-Wilson at

* Clarification of the Residency Requirement
Applicants must either –
• Attend college in the participating city (for example if you attend New York University and are from Los Angeles, you can apply to the New York program), or
• Be a resident of the participating city (for example if you live in Philadelphia and attend UCLA, you can apply to the Philadelphia program).
Your residency credentials must apply to the city for which you are applying.