Museum of Chinese in America

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Museum of Chinese in America


New York, New York 

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Linh Nguyen '21, Annika Lee '19

Organization Description

Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States.  The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street is a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, and strives to be a model among interactive museums.
The Museum promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs. MOCA welcomes diverse visitors and participants to its broad array of exhibits and programs.  MOCA’s expansion accommodates its range of visitors which include: New Yorkers, domestic and international visitors, neighborhood residents, students and school groups from local and regional schools.
Through the internship program, MOCA will work with youth to expand their knowledge in Chinese American history and provide opportunities to explore careers in arts and culture.

Internship Description
MOCA’s Internship Program offers a dynamic and exciting learning experience in the arts, culture, and history fields. MOCA's college interns take part in orientation, professional development seminars, and conduct exhibition/program related research and outreach. Though the process the intern will learn valuable professional skills and about MOCA’s history and strategies for fulfilling its mission. Interns will receive program-specific training designed by MOCA’s team to help them succeed in their program areas through placements in program areas.

MOCA internship program areas:
  • Collections and Research Center
  • Education
  • Exhibitions and Curation
  • Communications and Graphic Design
  • Media Production
  • Membership
  • Public Programs
  • Special Events and Community Outreach
Past PICS interns have been placed in different program areas based on their interest and skill. We've had PICS intern assisted with oral history production for our Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identities; filming and editing Summer Institute workshops funded by NEH; planning and organizing "Summer Jam," a MOCA member social and networking events.

Internship Qualifications
While your discipline or major is important, we also seek individuals with a high level of interest and discipline. 

Additional qualifications depend on the program area.

**Writing sample required

Expected Start Time
10:00 am

Expected End Time
6:00 pm

Required Dates
No earlier than May 30 - no later than August 23

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
The museum is located in New York City. The nearest subway station is Canal Street Station on the N, Q, R, J, M, Z, and 6 lines. Many summer interns sublet apartments in NYC during their stay in NYC.

**Writing sample required

Evaluation Excerpt

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

Applications for Summer 2020 will open in November 2019. 


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program


Make sure to read the eligibility criteria and requirements prior to submitting an application. Here