Questions and Answers
Please include a letter of recommendation in your application materials (this is preferred), or ask the recommendation writer to send it by email. 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. Letters of recommendation may be sent via email to [email protected].
If an application is complete, it will be reviewed. Reviews begin after the application deadline. Chosen candidates will be selected and interviewed in person, over Skype, or over the phone, and a hiring decision will be made. About one month after the application deadline, all applicants will receive a status of their application via e-mail. Usually, the full selection process is completed within 4 to 6 weeks.
All completed internship applications will be considered for a stipend. There are no additional application materials required. Applicants who are selected for a stipend will be notified during the hiring process. Please note, if you are applying for the Neisser Curatorial Internship (which includes a stipend), please submit your materials to that specific link.
Yes, you may apply for more than one department. Applicants interested in applying to two different departments must fill out and submit two separate applications.
Yes. Due to the high number of applicants we receive, many departments find themselves with several great candidates. You can reapply when applications open for the next term.
Application materials should be addressed to the attention of “The Selection Committee.”
There are a number of ways to combine your documents into one PDF including scanning the documents, Adobe Pro, as well as a variety of PDF converter websites. For the main application, please name your PDF (that contains your cover letter, letter of recommendation, work sample (if applicable) and personal statement (if applicable) with lastnamefirstname.pdf (e.g. ObamaMichelle.pdf).
Yes, international students studying in the US 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 Museum of Contemporary Art does not consider applications from internship candidates with a J1 visa.
Yes. Many of our applicants live outside of Chicago. Interviews are conducted in-person, over the phone, or via Skype. Please provide accurate contact information on your application form.
The start and end dates listed on the website are for general reference. Departments will work with selected interns to find the best start and end dates. Interns are expected to contribute at least 16 hours per week for 12 to 14 weeks.
Our internship program is specifically targeted for college students and recent graduates who wish to broaden their professional experience. The MCA offers volunteer programs which are a great opportunity for high school students, at least 18 years of age, to participate in museum activities. Please view our volunteer page to apply or check out our Teen Creative Agency.
Your writing sample should be no more than two pages. It should demonstrate clear and intelligent writing and thinking as well as use of correct grammar and punctuation. Depending on the department to which you are applying, your sample could include grant applications, solicitations, academic papers, blog posts, or an excerpt from a longer academic paper. You may submit one writing sample per department. Keep in mind that one sample may be enough. If you submit more than one sample please specify the department in the document title, for example you can label your curatorial writing sample as DoeJohn_CurSample.
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Please answer the following question in your 500-word essay:
What is the role of museums in today's society?