MOCA’s internship program offers training and direct experience working in one of New York City’s top museums. If you are a college student or recent graduate interested in learning more about how museums work or are considering a museum career, we encourage you to apply. MOCA’s internship program seeks talented people of all backgrounds—we value diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, gender expressions, and abilities.

Interns are placed in departments across the Museum where they assist professional staff, interact with the public, conduct research, provide administrative support, and learn about the inner workings of a non-profit. Interns also gain valuable training, skills, and work experience as well as an opportunity to build a network of professional contacts.

Internship opportunities are available in the following program areas:

Program Areas:

Archives and Collections
Communications, Graphic Design, and Media Production
Development and External Affairs
Education
Exhibitions

Project Archival Intern

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is seeking 2 Archival Project Interns (full-time or part-time with at least 21 hours per week) for a grant funded project to begin asap. The project period will be between March 2021 to August 2021. Interns must be willing to work on site.

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is the leading institution dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of Chinese in America. Located in the heart of New York Chinatown, MOCA’s Collections & Research Center provides unique access to the images, papers, oral histories and artifacts which document the stories.

General Responsibilities:
Under the supervision and training of the Collections Staff, Archival Project Interns provide assistance for processing, digitizing, time-coding, transcribing, cataloging, and disseminating oral history audio/video interviews in different formats such as cassettes, VHS, mini DVs, as well as born-digital.

Responsibilities:
• Work on site to organize and assess materials with direction from the Director of Collections
• Organize interviewee consent forms; identify access restrictions
• Research individuals and organizations in order to create proper finding aids
• Create collection Marc records and EAD finding aids in ArchivesSpace, as well as other description as needed, applying DACS archival descriptive standards
• Catalog each interview in database software PastPerfect
• Timecode, summarize, and keyword oral history interviews (bi-lingual preferred)
• Minor audio editing to obscure sensitive information such as addresses.
• Adjust and resize images using Photoshop
• Additional tasks as needed

Qualifications:
• Education background in Museum Studies, Collections Management, or Library Information Studies.
• Excellent organizational skills and an eye for detail
• Previous experience handling museum, archive, or library collections a plus
• Strong computer skills; knowledge of collections management systems preferred, especially ArchivesSpace, ArchivesToolkits, Archon, PastPerfect or TMS
• Knowledge of digital photography and digitization technologies
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to work independently and as a team player in a fast-paced environment; handle multiple tasks at once; adhere to deadlines
• Language specializations required on Chinese regional dialects such as Cantonese, Taishanese, or Fujianese

Apply:
Email a resume and cover letter to collections@mocanyc.org with “Archival Project Intern Search” in the subject line.

Summer Internship

MOCA’s summer internship is a full-time, paid, ten-week session for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited academic program. Recent graduates and high school students are welcome to apply. The program includes training, direct work experience, professional development, and a mentorship program that connects interns with key MOCA staff. While a demonstrated interest in history and art is preferred, students in all majors are encouraged to apply. Previous museum experience is not required.

The 2021 summer internship runs from Monday, June 7 through Friday, August 13. Participants are expected to be available Monday through Thursday for 10 consecutive weeks, 4 days per week.

Highlights:

  • $1,000 stipend for full participation
  • Interns are assigned to a specific museum department for the duration
  • Weekly professional development seminars and outreach initiatives
  • Field trips to other cultural institutions
  • Interns are partnered with a mentor
  • Free admission to most New York City museums

Application Deadline:

We will begin to accept submissions for the 2021 summer program in late March/early April 2021.

Academic Year Internship

MOCA’s paid Academic Year Internship program offers semester-long internships for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited academic program. Recent graduates and high school students are welcome to apply. While a demonstrated interest in history and art is preferred, students in all majors are encouraged to apply. Previous museum experience is not required.

For Spring 2021, interns can commit to a full-time schedule; Monday through Thursday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, or a part-time schedule with a minimum time commitment of 14 hours a week over the course of 10 weeks. The internship will run from Janurary 19, 2021 to April 9, 2021. Interns that commit to a full-time schedule are eligible for a $1,000 stipend.

Highlights:

  • $1,000 stipend (280 hour requirement for the semester)
  • Interns are assigned to a specific museum department for the duration
  • Monthly professional development seminars and outreach initiatives
  • Interns are eligible for course credit

Application Deadline:

The application for the spring semester will open early-December, and the deadline for submissions is: December 28th, 2020.

How to Apply:

Your application should include:

  • Completed Internship Application Form. You can download the form here.
  • Cover Letter: Explain your background, qualifications, your interest in MOCA, and how you see yourself in the future. Indicate which program area you are applying for and why you might be a good fit for the position.
  • Résumé.
  • Work Samples (if required by the program area)

Please send the materials above as Word or PDF attachments, entitled as “YourNameLetter,” “YourNameResume” and “YourNameApplication” to internships@mocanyc.org. In the subject line, please include your full name, and indicate the program area(s) to which you are applying (e.g. YourName_Collections/Exhibitions).