Studio Institute

Curatorial Intern

MOCA Cleveland -- Curatorial Intern

Please see instructions on how to apply at the bottom of this page.

Over the summer of 2019 moCa will be preparing for the upcoming Fall and Winter exhibition seasons in the two main gallery spaces, as well as a range of smaller projects throughout the building. Working on the planning and execution of the Fall 2019 solo exhibition of work by Liu Wei will be a central part of the intern’s work. Solo exhibitions by Lee Mingwei and Sondra Perry will be on view during the summer and both projects will need the ongoing attention of the intern. The intern will work closely with Courtenay Finn, Chief Curator and A. Will Brown, Assistant Curator on the facilitation of aspects of the Lee Mingwei exhibition, which is an interactive project that requires the restocking and daily maintenance of various parts of the exhibition.   

The curatorial intern will directly support moCa’s Curatorial department in the research and planning for these as well as a number of other forthcoming exhibitions. This may include researching and compiling bibliographies and readings for featured artists, creating formal artist and lender correspondence and documenting progress, creating installation timelines, and working with internal and external stakeholders on public art projects related to the exhibition. The Curatorial Intern may assist in planning and supporting artists who come to Cleveland for site-visits in preparation for their exhibition projects. Additionally, the Sondra Perry and Liu Wei exhibitions will each have a catalogue; the curatorial intern will work with Finn, Brown, and Deputy Director Megan Lykins Reich as well as moCa’s Creative Director, Tom Poole on the production of these catalogues; tasks may include image procurement and rights, copyediting, writing, design review, and assuring the production timeline is on track. The intern may assist with the management of any exhibitions that may travel to other museums or exhibition venues.

Skills: A successful candidate will be an intelligent, thorough, committed person with a deep interest in contemporary art and curatorial practice. S/he must have exemplary written and oral communications skills with a honed attention to detail. Prior experience working with artists is preferred. Ideal candidates would be described by former managers as sharp, attentive, and broad-minded. MOCA is a very fast-paced environment that requires all staff, interns included, to manage their time and work independently as required and prepared.

The Summer Curatorial Intern will be responsible for a variety of tasks ranging from communication with artists (email and formal letters), coordination of resources (sourcing to organizing), creative problem solving, promotional strategizing, and on-the-ground planning.

Projects Include:
- Help prepare for the upcoming Liu Wei exhibition opening in Fall 2019.
- Work on the ongoing solo exhibitions by Lee Mingwei and Sondra Perry.
- Assist Curatorial department in research and planning of ongoing and future exhibitions
- Help develop, design, write, and copyedit exhibition catalogues for upcoming fall exhibitions.

This position pays $15/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $500 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information.  

1) Will be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2019 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
2) Attend college in Cleveland, or live within Cleveland or the boundary established by the
Inner Ring Suburbs. 
3) Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000. This number is on your FAFSA form, to see what it looks like -- click here. 


1) To apply to a position, please click here and fill out the eligibility application form
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. Note: once you're verified as eligible for Arts Intern, you can apply to as many positions as you'd like. You do not have to submit the eligibility application more than once. 
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, and transcript to the email below these instructions with the subject "Arts Intern 2019 Approved Application".

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to A. Will Brown at