Calls and emails are not accepted regarding the status of internship applications.
Required application materials
In addition to the online application, you must include a cover letter, resume, and one letter of recommendation. Please submit your cover letter, your letters of recommendation, writing samples or work samples—if applicable—in one single document (.doc or PDF) online.
If applicable, include your school’s requirements for credit with your application.
Letters of recommendation may be sent via email [email protected] or by mail to:
Internship and Volunteer Coordinator
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Special requirements per department
Curatorial, Development and Membership, and Editorial positions require writing samples (1–2 pages in length) with applications.
The Graphic Design, Digital Media: Video, and Digital Media: Web positions require work samples. Please include work samples within your application. You can also include a link to your portfolio website or other online source. If you are applying for the Digital Media: Video position, please send links to your top three videos, or a five-minute reel.
International students studying in the United States with an F1 visa are eligible to apply. The F1 student must secure the appropriate authorization from the university they are attending, allowing them to participate in the internship. Such authorization is the responsibility of the prospective intern and must be secured before participating in the internship. The MCA does not consider applications from internship candidates with a J1 visa.
Application review may take six to eight weeks after the deadline. Candidates selected for interviews will be notified by email. Due to the high number of internships applications received, the MCA contacts only a small percentage of applicants. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
Our FAQ page has answers to many of the questions you may have about the application process. If you have any difficulty using our online system or you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at: [email protected].