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Internship Opportunity: Exhibition Programming Intern

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto is at the heart of the art ecosystem. MOCA will be ambitiously inclusive, interdisciplinary, and internationally renowned through our work with artists and a place for everyone to explore, provoke ideas, and challenge the current cultural moment.

We intend to achieve this vision through our mission:

  • To present rotating exhibitions and programmes that prioritize twenty-first-century artistic production, primarily through the commissioning of new work
  • To foster active dialogue and participation, celebrate complexity, and serve as an inclusive cultural hub in a hyper-diverse city and world.

Our values guide our work:

  • Equitable, inclusive, and accessible
  • Artist-centred, interdisciplinary, and process-oriented
  • Critical and transformative
  • Reciprocal and relationship-based
  • Locally rooted and globally connected
  • Courageous and responsible

MOCA has been actively adapting to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and will continue to do so, ensuring staff and visitor safety and striving to maintain a supportive work environment.


Position Summary

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Closing on:
September 17, 2021
October 11, 2021 — March 31, 2022
Employment Type:
Intern, short-term contract
Reporting to:
Artistic Director
$17/hour + 4% vacation pay

MOCA Toronto is seeking an Exhibition Programming Intern to work with the Museum’s curatorial and exhibition production team and assist with many facets of the Museum’s programming including online and in-person initiatives. The intern will have the opportunity to help support and facilitate online and on-site exhibitions in fall 2021/winter 2022. This position will receive direct mentorship from MOCA’s Artistic Director and the exhibition production team, and will play an integral role in the ongoing administration and delivery of programmes as well as research towards future projects. This role will allow the intern to gain valuable work experience in a museum while making an important contribution to MOCA’s curatorial team. The research, programme production, and outreach they conduct will shape future programmes at the Museum.

The ideal candidate will be a graduate from a college or university program in museum studies, art history, education, or curatorial studies with a strong interest in contemporary art and the museum environment. They should have strong planning and organizational abilities as well as experience coordinating and executing artistic programmes. They should also possess excellent interpersonal skills and feel comfortable communicating in public. Experience working in a museum, cultural institution, or in the non-profit arts sector is a strong asset.

This position may require in-person work. MOCA will follow all provincial regulations and public health guidelines to promote safety for our staff and visitors.



  • Support the planning and execution of MOCA’s exhibition programmes (both online and physical)
  • Provide administrative support, undertake research and collate requested materials related to exhibition programmes
  • Provide research to support development, writing, and editing of interpretive texts including exhibition didactics, website listings, and museum guides
  • Gather materials on artist and exhibition-related information for social media content generation
  • Support in drafting agreements, loan documents, updating scheduling and exhibition documents, and organizing artist folders
  • Help coordinate and book artists’ travel and accommodation
  • Help with departmental financial administration, including reaching out to various contract providers for quotes and invoices
  • Support the ordering of materials for artists and exhibition production
  • Attend Programmes (online or in person)



  • College or University graduate from a program in Museum Studies, Art History, Education, Curatorial Studies, or other related field
  • Proficiency in MS Office, database management and good keyboarding skills
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills and academic literacy
  • A strong interest in contemporary art, curatorial research and exhibition production
  • Familiarity with the arts landscape in Toronto
  • Good verbal/written communication skills and sensitivity to interact with a diversity of staff and the public in a courteous and professional manner
  • Service Excellence: Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization
  • Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behaviour and accountability
  • Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example
  • A second language is an asset


This position is funded through the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program.  To be eligible for this position, you:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • are unemployed or underemployed;
  • are a college or university graduate; and
  • are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program.
  • Note: Priority will be given to graduates that have not previously participated in YCW internship programs.


Equity and Diversity

MOCA Toronto advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and is committed to diversity in the workplace.

MOCA Toronto is committed to ensuring that MOCA Toronto is an inclusive space where community members are treated with respect and dignity. MOCA Toronto encourages applications from everyone, including but not limited to women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, people with disabilities and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

How to Apply

Please submit applications using this form by September 17, 2021. We thank all candidates for applying; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.