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MCA Summer Internship - Neisser Family Curatorial Internship

The MCA Chicago is excited to collaborate with Kate Neisser and the Neisser Family Foundation to launch this internship. The Neisser Family Curatorial Internship will serve as an opportunity for college and graduate level students of color to learn and work in a leading, globally focused museum that is vested in their growth and progression. Throughout the curatorial internship, interns gain an understanding of the organization behind major and small exhibitions while learning about the various responsibilities of the curatorial team. Interns work on research and writing projects related to MCA exhibitions, artists, and artworks, and assist with general administrative support for the curatorial department, such as preparing correspondence, filing and organizing, and responding to general inquiries from scholars and the public. Applicants must include a one- to two-page writing sample from an academic paper (preferably on art history, contemporary art, museum studies, or a related topic) with their application. Applicants should have a background and interest in modern and contemporary art. Candidates must have excellent research and writing skills as well as strong organizational, computer, and administrative skills. Applicants for the Neisser Family Curatorial Internship must identify as a person of color.

Please apply here.

Required Application Materials

Application materials include: resume, cover letter, one letter of recommendation, writing sample, and a general application. Due to our application system’s configuration we ask that you submit your cover letter, your letter of recommendation, and the writing sample in one single document (PDF, .doc or .docx). Please submit this PDF when prompted to upload your cover letter. Your resume should be uploaded separately.

Please note, if you do not have your letter of recommendation at the time of application it may be sent separately by email as long as it arrives by the deadline of March 22, 2019.

If you're sending a letter of recommendation after you've submitted your online application, you may send the letter via email to If you choose to have the letter emailed, please ask your recommender to include the following information in the email: Applicant Name, Applicant’s Chosen Department, Recommender’s Name and professional organization.

Internship Program Details

Summer 2020 Internships will run from June 1 - August 17, 2020. Individual internship dates may vary. In special circumstances, these dates can be flexible depending on the needs of the candidate and hiring department.

All MCA internships are paid positions. Interns will work an average of 24 hours/week and be paid the Chicago minimum wage rate.

Internship applicants may apply for up to two departments. Candidates applying to two departments must fill out a separate application for each. For more information about the Internship Program please visit our website. If you have further questions, please email us at

Application Deadline: March 22nd

Job Type: Paid Internship
Location: Chicago