Museum of Chinese in America


PICS Organization Name
Museum of Chinese in America

New York, New York 

Weekly Stipend

Organization Description

MOCA’s internship program offers students and recent graduates an exciting opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a non-profit. All of our interns will participate in professional development seminars, outreach initiatives, and hands on work experience in their chosen program area. Over the course of 10 weeks, interns will learn valuable professional skills that they will be able to carry with them throughout the rest of their careers. 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
Specific projects and work will be based on the interns program area of interest.
Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 10 6/7/21 - 8/12/21 10:00 am 6:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

  • An interest in the functioning of nonprofit/museums
  • Excellent writing and research skills, as well as strong verbal communication skills.
  • Must have a willingness to learn.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including advanced functions in word, excel, and powerpoint.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstration of initiative, flexibility, and resourcefulness in working effectively on multiple projects.
  • An interest in Asian American Studies /Chinese American History.
  • Work experience in a professional office environment preferred.

Additional Skills

  • Bilingual Mandarin and/or Cantonese a plus.
  • Experience with video editing software

Former Interns
Megan Pan '22, Linh Nguyen '21, Noel Peng '22, Annika Lee '19

Evaluation Excerpt

The work environment at MOCA was incredibly tight-knit and friendly. Because the museum’s staff is such a small team, we all got the chance to work very closely with each other and grow closer as teammates and colleagues. All of the interns, including myself, were very much included in the general professional and social life of the organization. We had weekly discussions among the interns and our supervisors each week to talk about topics that interested us about museum work, as well as frequent professional development meetings where we got to learn about the different departments, even those that were not our own, and hear more about the individual experiences of all the staff members. -- Megan Pan '22

The work environment was incredibly inviting and passionate. As the president of MOCA told us often, they were a small museum staff of only around 15 permanent staff, so the work of the interns and volunteers was crucial to the life of the museum. Because of its small team, it felt like a true grassroots, close family of people who all shared a really common passion and worked tirelessly day in and out to see their goals and their dreams for the museum come to fruition. --Noel Peng '22

I learned about the history of Chinatown, the story of Chinese in America, and how an immigration museum (even a niched immigration museum) can play a huge role in catalyzing discussion, especially considering the political state of the country.
Annika Lee '19

 I believe that working at MOCA taught me a lot about how Asian American history and art have evolved over the centuries because I would often have discussions with my fellow interns and the full-time staff about race relations in the US. In addition, no matter what career path I eventually decide to embark upon, I am now even more driven to provide a voice to marginalized and underrepresented groups in society. —Linh Nguyen '21