The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization established in 2005 to showcase the history, art and culture and to celebrate the contributions of people of African descent to world culture through a broad range of engaging multidisciplinary exhibitions, education and public programs.

Interns are a vital part of MoAD, and play an integral role in the planning and implementation of programs for school, youth, family, and adult audiences.

The MoAD Internship is an entry level opportunity for people interested in preparing for a career in Museum, Diaspora Studies, Education, African/African American Studies scholarship. Internship projects are developed to meet the real needs of the museum making them useful for both the museum and the intern. Internships are performed under the direct supervision of MoAD staff that monitor, evaluate, guide and provide professional development.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Possess a knowledge of or strong interest in learning about the African Diaspora
  • Current college/university student or recent graduate
  • Have experience working with youth and/or public programming
  • Be comfortable working within an ethnically diverse environment
  • Enjoy a fast paced structured learning experience
  • Work well in a group as well as independently
  • Be accustomed to meeting deadlines

Time Commitment
Fall Interns are required to 10- 15 hours per week, for six months and spring interns are required to work 10-15 hours per week for four months. Summer interns are required to work 21-24 hours per week over a two month time period.

Internships are unpaid and may be extended upon the agreement of MoAD staff and intern.

Application Materials
The application should include a resume and cover letter.

One of MoAD’s objectives is to illustrate how we are all African and the many ways in which humankind is connected to the African Diaspora. Therefore, a section of your cover letter must describe your connection to the African Diaspora. Applicants will be contacted regarding a writing assignment and prospective projects after the resume and cover letter have been submitted and accepted.

All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and are responsible for securing their own immigration documents. The Museum will not sponsor immigrant visa applications for interns. Internship applications should be sent to
Refer to the listings below for deadlines.

Please note that we are not currently offering a Fall internship for 2013, but will be resuming the internship program in the Spring of 2014.

Application Due Start of Internship End of Internship
Spring Internship December 6th , 2013 January 16th 2014 May 16th , 2014
Summer Internship I March 21st 2014 May 22rd, 2014 August 22nd , 2014
NOTE: March applicants receive first choice of intern projects
Summer Internship II May 16th, 2014 June 19th , 2014 August 22nd , 2014

Internships are unpaid and may be extended upon the agreement of MoAD staff and interns.