Adult Programs Intern


The Position

MCA Denver is looking for a creative individual who has interests and/or experience in working with museum audiences and who has a passion for learning about museum education and career pathways in a museum setting. This opportunity is being offered as a seasonal 3-month summer paid internship running June through August 2023.


About You

  • You are interested in connecting with museum staff and the local creative community to learn about museum careers.
  • You like working with museum audiences and exploring ways to research, develop and evaluate in-person programs.
  • You have a high school degree or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.  
  • You may have experience working with museum audiences.  Experience with event/theatrical production practices is strongly preferred.
  • You have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, you can communicate with a variety of audiences, you appreciate the details, and you are organized.
  • You have a flexible schedule that allows you to work approx. 20 hours per week including some evening and weekend events.


A Day in the Life

  1. Programming & Education
  • Assist the Programs team in supporting the hospitality needs of in-person events at the Fries Museum building and the Holiday Theater. 
  • Provide administrative support to the Programs team staff members. 
  • Aid in the documentation of programs including attendance records and photo archives.
  • Contribute feedback and assist in the evaluation process of adult internship programs.  
  • Assist in the coordination of museum events, including assisting with event set-up and breakdown.
  • Assist with supply pick up and drop off.  

What You Bring to Us

  1. A high school degree or equivalent or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience required. Pursuing or holding a degree in Museum Studies or related fields preferred. 
  2. Requires interest and/or experience in working with museum audiences. Experience with event/theatrical production practices is strongly preferred. Live sound and lighting experience is a plus. 


Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to speak, understand, and communicate in English effectively, in person and in writing. Ability to hear adequately in person and by phone, in personal and group settings.
  • You need to be able to sit or stand for up to 6 hours per day. Ability to reach for, move and/or lift up to 50 pounds and use your hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, mobility to access a wide variety of meeting and museum settings, and to perform a variety of tasks that involve standing, walking, sitting, stooping, kneeling, bending, and twisting, climbing stairs or using an elevator, possibly reaching chest high and overhead for materials, with reasonable accommodation.


About Us

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA Denver) is a nonprofit organization providing an innovative forum for contemporary art that inspires and challenges, creating understanding and dialog about the art of our time. MCA Denver is paving a new path for a 21st century museum that is Both/And: We are both advancing the field of contemporary art and providing a platform for creative expression, in the broadest sense of the term.  We present both world-class exhibitions and quirky events, serious lectures and epic parties.  We are both sophisticated and unpretentious. We welcome all audiences, celebrate all voices, and share all stories to provide one-of-a-kind experiences for our community. 


Our Core Values

We are:

Adventurous – We are risk-takers. We are creative, open, curious, and sometimes weird.

Excellent – We strive to be the best in our field, we have high expectations, we believe in being resilient, creative problem-solvers, and professionals.

Human Centric – We are collaborative. We strive for emotional intelligence, and we value relationships.

Inclusive – We are welcoming to all audiences, voices, and stories. We believe in being authentic and inclusive.  We actively seek and engage with diverse perspectives.

MCA Denver is committed in policy, principle, and practice to maintaining an environment that prohibits discriminatory behavior and provides equal opportunity for all persons. MCA Denver affirms its commitment to provide a welcoming and respectful work and educational environment, in which all individuals within the museum community may benefit from each other’s experiences and foster mutual respect and appreciation of divergent views. All employment decisions at MCA Denver are based on business needs, job requirements and individual applicant qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, or belief, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), family or parental status, or any other status protected by law. MCA Denver will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.


Our History

MCA Denver was founded in 1996 by philanthropist Sue Cannon and a group of committed volunteers and artists who responded to the community’s need for a contemporary art museum in Denver. In 2007, we opened our new, 27,000-square foot, environmentally sustainable facility in the Riverfront neighborhood of lodo Denver. Our building has five galleries on two floors as well as dedicated education spaces, a gift shop, an innovative art lending library, and a rooftop bar and café.  In 2021, MCA Denver will be opening a satellite location at the Holiday Theater in Denver’s Northside.  This 380-seat auditorium will be the site of some of the museum’s programming and events beginning the Spring of 2022.

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Application Process

  • This is a nonexempt, part-time temporary position running June through August 2023. The hourly rate is $17.29/hr and requires a commitment of approximately 20 hours per week for the duration of the program.
  • Please submit your interest via our applicant portal by 11:59PM on 3/24/23
  • Applications must include: resume, cover letter, a list of three references.
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