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Internship: Development

  • Internship
    Starts on Aug 11
    Off-cycle Internship
  • Research & Development
  • Chicago
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  • You should be a current college student or recent graduate interested in contemporary art, passionate about learning how museums operate, and considering a career in the cultural sector. Must work up to 24 hours weekly onsite, possess Microsoft Office proficiency, strong communication skills, organization, attention to detail, and be able to handle occasional light lifting.
  • You will support donor cultivation, database management, event planning, and communications while assisting in the donor life cycle, grant agreements, and collaboration across the Museum.


  • MCA Internships are geared towards current college students and recent graduates ( <1 year ) who are interested in contemporary art and have a passion for learning more about how museums work.
  • Candidates must be interested in exploring a potential career in the cultural sector.
  • Interns must be able to work up to 24 hours per week onsite for the entirety of the internship period.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, demonstrate excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), organized, and able to manage assignments with attention to detail.
  • Ability to perform occasional light lifting.


  • Work hand in hand with our team to see how donors are cultivated, solicited, and stewarded for support of institutional priorities, projects, programs, and exhibitions by helping with communications, donor acknowledgement and recognition, database management, and event planning and execution.
  • Support the Development team on the entire donor life cycle, from prospecting and research to cultivation to gift agreement and recognition by providing project management support.
  • Learn important communication skills while helping to prepare materials for solicitations and reports in collaboration with departments museum wide.
  • Develop an understanding of the business operations of a development department by assisting with grant agreements, pledges, proposals, and goals forecasting.
  • Work with members from other departments to understand how the staff collaborates across the Museum on exhibitions, committee meetings, and other projects.
  • Participate in departmental meetings and MCA staff events.

The MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art.


Mission & Purpose

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan.