Studio Institute

Summer Programs Intern

MOCA Cleveland -- Summer Community Engagement Intern

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

This summer, MOCA is presenting three works Sonic Blossoms, The Mending Project and The Moving Garden by artist Lee Mingwei. On view from March 14 to July 28, 2019, Mingwei explores how acts of generosity can nurture interaction and connection, a theme that resonates with the key characteristics of moCa’s OPEN HOUSE platform. Nearly 20 years after the Museum organized his first major solo exhibition in the U.S., Lee returns as an internationally acclaimed artist to commemorate the Museum’s 50th anniversary. Four distinct projects will prompt both self-reflection and connection with others, principles that underpin moCa’s mission and institutional values.

Also on view is an exhibition by emerging African American artist, Sondra Perry. Perry is the inaugural recipient of Toby’s Prize, a $50,000 biennial award named after philanthropist Toby Devan Lewis, one of moCa’s founding board members. Selected by a jury of leading international curators, Perry’s work embodies the intent of the prize—to bolster the work of a boundary-pushing contemporary artist. Perry’s commission, her first solo project at a U.S. museum, will include a new video as well as a new large-scale sculptural workstation installation—a unique and ongoing form she has explored in her practice. These new works will focus on the stresses and anxieties felt by African Americans in workplaces and acknowledge some of the defense mechanisms by which minority workers protect themselves.

For these exhibitions, moCa will develop public programs that explore the subject matter and themes in various ways. Mingwei’s approach to social practice--convening audiences as participants and collaborators in the artwork in order to create opportunities for new ideas, outcomes, and experiences--will be of particular relevance. We intend to create programming throughout the season on and offsite moCa in order to expand the exhibitions’ potential and reach new audiences. The Summer Community Engagement + Programs Intern will work hand-in-hand with our Community Engagement + Programs Manager, Curator of Education + Engagement, exhibition curatorial team, and the artists themselves to finalize and execute such programming. Programs may include public conversations, live music performances, and art-making workshops. The Summer Community Engagement + Programs Intern will also be responsible for supporting program evaluation and promotional and outreach strategies that align with museum and engagement goals. With input and oversight from their supervisor the Intern will be tasked with managing a program or project related to one of these exhibitions. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are interested in working at the critical intersection between artists and audiences. It will provide opportunities for a young professional to engage both groups in meaningful ways.

Skills: A successful candidate will be a confident, socially-engaged person who enjoys meeting, talking with, and learning from diverse individuals. They must have outstanding written and oral communications skills with a honed attention to detail. Ideal candidates would be described by former managers as organized, collaborative, outgoing, and creative. 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 Community Engagement + Programs 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, on-the-ground outreach, program/project execution (ranging from set-up to assisting with hands-on guidance), and evaluation.

Projects Include:
- Help develop public programs that explore the upcoming Mingwei exhibition’s themes and subject matter
- Work with the Community Engagement and Programs manager, as well as the Curator of Education and Engagement to execute summer programming.
- Manage a program or project related to one of the summer exhibitions
- Help develop and design an ongoing public program to drive visitor engagement throughout the fall

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 Archie Green at