Curatorial Internship Summer 2021


MCA Denver’s Curatorial Internship is for creative, hardworking, and reliable undergraduate students interested in a museum career. This internship seeks to engage students from cultural backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the arts. The intention is to introduce curious and capable students to the curatorial field, charge them with specific projects related to the museum’s programmatic vision, and provide mentorship from senior museum staff. This is an 8-week long, paid internship. The Curatorial Intern will receive a $4,200 stipend over the 8-week duration of the program. This role will predominantly be remote, however, some in-museum work will be required if permitted by city and state COVID guidelines.


  • Developing a special project at the museum to be realized during the course of the internship;
  • Researching artists and exhibition-related topics;
  • Working directly with artists on the realization of their projects on-site;
  • Visiting with and making connections to other museum professionals from Denver-based arts organizations;
  • General department administration, including filing and managing correspondence.


  • Culturally identify with a group traditionally underrepresented in museums and visual arts organization leadership positions including, but not limited to, individuals who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), Latinx, and Asian-American. 
  • Be pursuing or already have earned a degree in art history or museum studies, or be able to demonstrate a strong interest and knowledge of art history, contemporary art, and museum work;
  • Have an interest in a career as a curator, critic, or scholar;
  • Be able to juggle multiple projects at once;
  • Have an acute attention to detail;
  • Possess strong self-direction;
  • Be a flexible team player;
  • Have a strong background in research.


  • A commitment to 35 hours weekly on weekdays over the course of 8 consecutive weeks.
  • Attend all exhibition-related programs during run of internship
  • Some evening and weekend availability required
  • Be extremely reliable
  • 50% of role will be dedicated to internship project, 50% will be dedicated to research and assisting Exhibitions department
  • Able to live in the Denver area through the run of the internship.


  • Resume with cover letter
  • Official transcript
  • Writing sample with bibliography that showcases research skills
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Two additional references


  • Submit your application materials to by March 20, 2021
  • Please use the format CURATORIAL INTERNSHIP-FIRST NAME LAST NAME  in the subject line
  • Offer is contingent upon completion of background check

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.

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. 

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