Questions and Answers
You can include an original letter of recommendation in your application materials (preferred), or ask the recommendation writer to send them separately through email or mail. If you choose to have them sent separately please be sure to follow up with the internship coordinator to ensure that they have been received.
Letters of recommendation may be sent via email to [email protected], or by mail to:
Internship and Volunteer Coordinator
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
No, we do not require transcripts.
Yes, it is recommended that you apply before the deadline.
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, you can reapply when applications open for the next term. You may submit any updated materials during that time.
Unfortunately, candidates cannot defer acceptance but are welcome to reapply for a future term.
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.
If you plan on applying for Marketing, Media Relations, Special Events, or Rental Events you must be 21 or older due to participation in 21+ events. Your age is requested solely for that purpose.
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.
The Graphic Design, Digital Media: Video, and Digital Media: Web positions require work samples. Please include work samples in 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.
Contact us at [email protected].