Internships

Internships at LACMA

Membership Internship

Membership Internship (LACMA Local) 

Costume & Textiles Internship (Collections Management)

Costume & Textiles Internship (Curatorial)

Collections Management Internship


Membership Internship
Fall/Winter 2016 and Spring 2017
Membership Department

Description

LACMA’s Membership Department manages the museum’s individual membership program, raising critical funds for the museum’s programs and operations. The membership program numbers over 52,000 households and is at the forefront of innovation in the industry.

Over the past year, membership has grown dramatically. Membership is seeking an intern to be a part of our renewal program team, with an emphasis on engaging and renewing our very high new member population. As the membership intern, he/she will have the opportunity to partner with the Director of Membership Marketing and the Membership Manager to learn about devising strategies for engaging and retaining members. The Intern will also interact and collaborate with museum staff outside of the Membership Department, such as On-Site Services, Marketing, Special Events, and Education and Public Programs.

Interns will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Discover how membership programs support museum operations
  • Understand the process of developing and implementing member retention campaigns, including but not limited to solicitations, benefit offers and special events
  • Learn the importance of, and how to identify, different groups of members—and strategies to communicate with them.
  • Learn how to write, copy-edit, and fact-check membership solicitations and communications
  • Learn how to develop email campaigns and track response rates and effectiveness
  • Attend Museum meetings and events hosted by Audience Strategy and other departments to learn about LACMA's mission, collection, and organizational systems

To Apply

Students currently enrolled in undergraduate studies, or recent graduates or graduate students interested in learning about non-profit arts development, specifically in a museum setting, are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Ellen Castruccio, Director, Membership Marketing, at ecastruc@lacma.org.

Deadline for Application is Friday, December 2, 2016

 


Membership Internship - LACMA Local
Fall/Winter 2016
Membership Department

Description

LACMA’s Membership Department manages the museum’s individual membership program, raising critical funds for the museum’s programs and operations. The membership program numbers over 52,000 households and is at the forefront of innovation in the industry.

On January 30, 2016, LACMA launched a new community-based membership program called LACMA Local. This never-been-done-before program is designed to create a LACMA community and connect people to one another, with the museum as the catalyst for these connections. Local is the result of a deep audience study and is based both on market research and social theory. Locals are invited to hangouts that take place every other Saturday, designed to encourage members of LACMA Local to engage with one another, the museum, and Los Angeles. Events will be different every time; one week, Locals will visit an exhibition together and then create an artwork in smaller groups. Another week, we'll be participating in a scavenger hunt inside the galleries.

Membership is seeking an intern to be a part of the Local membership organizing team. As the LACMA Local Intern, he/she will have the opportunity to partner with the AVP for Audience Strategy and the Sr. Manager of Member Engagement to learn about devising strategies for acquiring and retaining members and to understand how membership teams plan and implement member events that map back to market research and align with overall strategy for this new group. The Intern will also interact and collaborate with museum staff outside of the Membership Department, such as On-Site Services, Marketing, Special Events, and Education and Public Programs.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about innovative and forward-looking audience engagement strategies that support the museum.

Interns will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Discover how membership programs support museum operations
  • Understand the process of developing and implementing member acquisition and retention campaigns
  • Learn how to create a member event from concept to fulfillment
  • Learn how to write, field, analyze, and report on member/market surveys
  • Attend Museum meetings and events hosted by Audience Strategy and other departments to learn about LACMA's mission, collection, and organizational systems

To Apply

Students currently enrolled in undergraduate studies, or recent graduates or graduate students interested in learning about non-profit arts development, specifically in a museum setting, are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Kristen Shepherd, AVP of Audience Strategy and Services, at kshepherd@lacma.org.

Deadline for Application is Friday, September 23, 2016

 


Costume & Textiles Internship - Collections Management
Year-Round
Costume and Textiles Department

Description

Collections Management ensures works of art in storage areas are accessible, housed in standardized environmental conditions, and are preserved while in storage. Under the supervision of the Senior Collections Administrator, the internship program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about collections care and long term preservation goals specific to costumes and textiles. An intern may gain experience in the preparation of archival materials for artwork housing, creating archival enclosures for artwork and other artifacts, conducting inventories of collection storerooms, the integrated pest management program, monitoring environmental conditions of collection storerooms, and other projects that may develop. 

Minimum Qualifications

This non-compensatory internship is appropriate for post-graduate and graduate students from the following majors: costume studies, material culture, museum studies, art history, or library science. Candidates must have completed a Bachelor’s degree before the start of the internship.  Preference will be given to candidates currently in an academic program who have completed courses in costume and textiles history, collections management, fundamentals of conservation science, and have basic sewing skills. Academic credit can be arranged.

To Apply
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Nancy Carcione, Costume and Textiles Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036; or email carcione@lacma.org.

Applications will be accepted during the following periods:

  • September 1 - October 15 for winter/spring semester
  • February 1 - March 15 for summer
  • May 1 - June 15 for fall semester

Costume & Textiles Internship - Curatorial
Year-Round
Costume and Textiles Department

Description

Curators are responsible for the collecting, interpretation, and display of artwork. Under the supervision of the Assistant Curator, the internship program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about handling, documenting, and researching objects while gaining greater knowledge and hands-on experience within a renowned encyclopedic collection of costume and textiles. Projects that an intern may be exposed to include organizing and documenting objects through the cataloging process, managing digital images for documentation, researching objects, handling objects and rare-books materials, preparing archival storage units, and others that may develop.

Minimum Qualifications

This non-compensatory internship is appropriate for post-graduate and graduate students from the following majors: costume studies, material culture, museum studies, or art history. Candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree before the start of the internship.  Preference will be given to candidates currently in an academic program who have completed courses in costume and textiles history and with previous experience in a museum setting.  Academic credit can be arranged.

To Apply
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Nancy Carcione, Costume and Textiles Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036; or email carcione@lacma.org.

Applications will be accepted during the following periods:

  • September 1 - October 15 for winter/spring semester
  • February 1 - March 15 for summer
  • May 1 - June 15 for fall semester

Collections Management Internship
Year-Round
Collections Management

Collections Management will be accepting applications for one or two student interns on an ongoing basis, following the university semester system.

 Description
Collections Management ensures works of art in storage areas are accessible, housed under proper environmental conditions, and are properly protected while in storage. The internship program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about projects related to collections care and long term preservation goals. Projects that an intern may be exposed to include: the preparation of archival materials for artwork housing, creating archival enclosures for artwork and other artifacts, conducting inventories of collection storerooms, the integrated pest management program, monitoring other environmental conditions of collection storerooms, and others that may develop. This non-compensatory internship is appropriate for college juniors and seniors, graduate, and post-graduate students from the following majors: museum studies, art history, anthropology, archaeology, history, library science or pre-program conservation studies. Academic credit can be arranged.

To Apply
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Martha Rocha, Administrative Assistant,  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., los Angeles, CA 90036; or email mrocha@lacma.org; or send a fax to 323 857-6213.

Deadlines for Application

    • November 1 for spring semester (January–April)
    • March 1 for summer (May-August)
    • July 1 for fall semester (September–December)

Registrar & Collection Information Internships
Year-Round
Registrar's Office

The Registrar's Office will be accepting applications for student interns on an ongoing basis, following the university semester system.

Description
The Registrar's Office creates and maintains the official records for all of the objects in the LACMA collections or on loan to the museum.  The internship program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about projects related to documenting the permanent collection, inventorying and cataloguing objects,  incoming and outgoing loans, exhibitions, database management, and special projects. The interns will be exposed to all phases of registration and receive additional assignments focusing on archiving and museum ethics.  This non-compensatory internship is appropriate for undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate students from the following majors: museum studies, art history, art, anthropology, archaeology, history, and library science. Academic credit can be arranged.

To Apply
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Nancy Russell, Registrar's Office, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036; or email mrocha@lacma.org; or send a fax to to 323 857-6213.

Deadlines for Application

  • November 1 for spring semester (January–April)
  • March 1 for summer (May-August)
  • July 1 for fall semester (September–December)