Internships at MoCADA

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) uses the visual arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora, and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture. 

The dynamics of an evolving non-profit organization lends itself to unlimited growth, creativity and potential. Each year, MoCADA hosts 8-10 high school and college interns throughout the year in order to provide hands-on experience working at a non-profit arts institution. Internships are unpaid, although paid internships are available on a limited basis. MoCADA also welcomes the opportunity to work with educational institutions to offer academic credit.

MoCADA’s internship program offers students and recent graduates an opportunity to broaden their educational and professional experiences. Interns are encouraged to think about what it means to create a legacy that will ultimately benefit their communities. While at MoCADA, interns receive the unique and challenging experience of working in a smaller institution, where departments overlap and a small number of individuals are working together on numerous projects. Interns are able to take their experiences and knowledge and translate them into the global landscape. It is MoCADA’s hope to create a network of interns that continue to support the mission of furthering awareness of the African Diaspora in whatever endeavors they may embark upon.

Interns must commit to a work schedule of at least 3 days per week, as well as attendance at all MoCADA events unless otherwise specified, which may include nights and weekends. MoCADA’s Internship Program also includes Field Trips, Artist Lectures, and Professional Development Brown-Bag Lunch Conversations and Workshops.

In order to increase diversity in professions related to museum administration and the visual arts, MoCADA seeks diversity in its intern staff and provides equal opportunity to its applicants.

MoCADA is also a host for Studio in a School’s Summer Arts Intern Program. Visit for more information.

Internship Cycles & Application Deadlines

Spring (January-May): Applications Due November 15
Summer (May-August): Applications Due April 1
Fall (September-December): Applications Due August 15

Summer Internship Descriptions

Community Programming Arts Intern*

For position description, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, see the Arts Intern website.

*Please note: this is a full-time position, and applicants must comply with Arts Intern requirements.

Curatorial Arts Intern*

For position description, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, see the Arts Intern website.

*Please note: this is a full-time position, and applicants must comply with Arts Intern requirements.

MoCADA Shop Intern

MoCADA’s Shop Manager seek a sharp, efficient and hardworking intern for the Summer 2014 cycle. While no retail experience is necessary, the intern must have some interest in the details of shop management, including visual display, online sales, and packing, shipping and ordering inventory. The intern must be organized and meticulous, and interested in engaging MoCADA visitors through the retail shop. As the MoCADA Shop is often visitors’ first impression of the museum, the intern should be friendly, have a sense of humor, and be ready and willing to help. Visitor Services experience is a plus, but not required.

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Conducting product and vendor research

  • Shipping for online commerce

  • Assisting with trunk shows and book events

  • Assisting with visual display

  • Greeting and orienting visitors in the Shop

  • Researching and contacting potential vendors and authors

Development Intern

MoCADA staff seeks an organized, self-motivated, flexible and responsible development intern for the Summer 2014 cycle. The intern will gain valuable project management skills as well as a breadth of knowledge about arts fundraising and the inner workings of a museum. Ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, dependable, and extremely interested in arts administration. With guidance from the Executive Director and the Internship Supervisor, the intern will do research and conduct surveys in order to help determine the best fundraising management system for the museum. Additional duties will include assisting other departments with programming and events, grant research, and acting as a liaison between staff and board members.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should complete and submit the following:

  1. Application form
  2. Résumé
  3. One professional letter of recommendation
  4. School requirements for college credit (if applicable)

Internship Application Form 2014

Applications can be emailed to or mailed to:

Internship Placement
80 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Artist Assistant Internship with ruby onyinyechi amanze 

ruby onyinyechi amanze studio seeks a part-time Studio/Artist Assistant, 2-3 days per week for a minimum 8 week commitment. Weekly schedule is flexible, but the applicant should be available to begin immediately. This position is unpaid. Assistants will be reimbursed for travel expenses and school credit may be arranged.

In preparation for two upcoming exhibitions, assistant[s] will work alongside the artist in her Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn studio to complete two 6 x 6 ft. drawings on paper. This may include, preparing or completing photo transfers, drawing designs/pattern, working with ink, charcoal, pencils etc.

In addition, assistants may periodically be required to assist with keeping the studio clean and organized, updating the digital archive of images, image and price list, ordering supplies, periodically liaising with collectors or gallery administrators, coordinating shipping arrangements, managing the artist’s website.

Required Skills:

  1. Applicants must have a strong working knowledge of the visual arts, with particular interest in drawing, painting and printmaking. A high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail is required. Students are encouraged to apply.
  2. Applicants should have a positive demeanor, be extremely responsible, eager to learn, able to work well with others as well as able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  3. ** Experience with Photoshop is not required, but is a plus.
  4. ** The ability to draw representationally is NOT required, but is a plus.

To Apply:

  1. Please visit to familiarize yourself with previous work.
  2. Submit a cover letter, a statement of passion [as it applies to areas of art and/or future career aspirations], contact information for two references and 5 recent images of works on paper. Submit to

“For the spring of 2013, I had a wonderful opportunity to intern at MoCADA, focusing on Education. When I first arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to encounter a small group of dedicated and focused young people. They welcomed me as part of the team and found numerous ways to utilize my talents. Not only did I have a chance to work with the Education Director and complete projects independently, but I also assisted other staff members on exhibitions, social media, web development, and community projects. Every project assigned was well thought out and permitted me to pull from prior educational and work experiences, while obtaining a new wealth of knowledge.

If you are looking to work with an organization that is driven on providing exceptional exhibitions, education programs, community interaction, and audience engagement… look no further – MoCADA is an excellent institution to work with.”

-Oshun D. Layne