Internships

Internships at LACMA

Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship

Corporate Giving Internship

Photo Services Volunteer

Collections Management Internship

Registrar & Collection Information Internships  


Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship
Summer 2015

With more than 115,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs and research facilities that attract nearly a million visitors annually. LACMA’s eight building complex is located on twenty acres in the heart of Los Angeles, halfway between the ocean and downtown. The campus is undergoing a ten-year expansion and renovation known as the Transformation and designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

For the 21st consecutive year, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is offering three paid, full-time ten-week summer multicultural internships sponsored by The Getty Foundation. Internships are available in the following departments: Decorative Arts, Registration & Collection Information and Art of the Ancient Americas. According to the Getty Foundation’s guidelines, these internships are “intended for members of groups underrepresented in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, particularly individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, and Pacific Islander descent.

REQUIREMENTS:  Eligible applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduates who either reside or attend college in Los Angeles County and will have completed at least one semester of college by June 2015. Applicants must beU.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who have already served as Getty interns at LACMA are not eligible. 

STIPEND:  Each intern will receive a gross salary of $4,000 for a consecutive ten-week period, beginning no sooner than June 1, 2015 and ending no later than August 21, 2015. Interns are subjectto LACMA’s hiring and payroll procedures.

There are three events at which intern attendance is mandatory:

  1. Monday, June 29, 2015, all day (Arts Summit at the Getty Center)
  2. Dates & Times TBD (2 Learning Community Events)

HOW TO APPLY: 

Decorative Arts and Design

This internship in LACMA's Decorative Arts and Design department will focus on the research and planning of an upcoming exhibition and publication on contemporary studio jewelry as well as research of a newly acquired graphic design collection as part of LACMA’s new interdepartmental initiative to collect and exhibit graphic design. This internship will provide valuable curatorial insight into art acquisitions, exhibitions, and catalogue development at a large museum. The intern will learn how to compile object histories and artist biographies and gain firsthand experience working with LACMA’s permanent collection. The intern will also have opportunities to interact with artists, curators, and staff from other museum departments. A background and strong interest in 20th century art, craft, and design history is strongly preferred. Reading knowledge in a foreign language such as Spanish and/or German is also preferred.

This internship is full-time with a stipend of $4,000, and is for ten consecutive weeks between June and August 2015. Eligible candidates must currently be enrolled undergraduates and must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2015. Students graduating in May or June 2015 are also eligible. Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible. Candidates must also reside or attend college in Los Angeles County and be a United States citizen or permanent resident.

To apply, please send an attached cover letter and resume to Staci Steinberger, Assistant Curator, Decorative Arts and Design at ssteinberger@lacma.org

Art of the Ancient Americas

The Art of the Ancient Americas internship will concentrate on several projects relating to the research, exhibition, and publication of the department’s permanent collection, which has grown exponentially in the last several years. The intern will assist in the research and compilation of publication and provenance histories of Classic period Maya vessels for use in online publications and the Maya Vase Project—a new multi-disciplinary research project combining art historical and conservation research. The intern will also support an online exhibition about the use of ethnography in understanding the Art of the Ancient Americas as well as have the opportunity to assist in some aspects of the installation of a new rotation in our permanent gallery of West Mexican art. A background in pre-Columbian art or archaeology is preferred, and reading knowledge of Spanish is required.

This internship is for ten consecutive weeks between June and August 2015, with a stipend of $4,000. Eligible candidates must currently be enrolled undergraduates and must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2015. Students graduating in May or June 2015 are also eligible. Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible. Candidates must also reside or attend college in Los Angeles County and be a United States citizen or permanent resident. 

To apply, please send your resume or CV and a cover letter outlining your interest, experience and how it will lend itself to the internship to Amy Crum at acrum@lacma.org.

Registration and Collection Information

The internship in the Registration and Collection Information department will provide a thorough introduction to LACMA, its registrarial and collection information processes, and the museum’s acquisition program. Specifically, the intern will continue the museum’s ongoing Accession Data Reconciliation project including the digitization and data entry of LACMA’s hard permanent collection files to update the museum’s database over 124,000+ artworks. In addition to analyzing and uploading a wide range of documents including correspondence, photographs, and provenance information, the intern will also have opportunities to assist the Permanent Collection registrars with processing art acquisitions, and dependent upon interest and experience, may also assist with inventorying permanent collection artworks. An art history, library science, or fine arts background is strongly preferred. Excellent computer and communication skills are required.

This internship is for ten consecutive weeks between June and August 2015, with a stipend of $4,000. Eligible candidates must currently be enrolled undergraduates and must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2015. Students graduating in May or June 2015 are also eligible. Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible. Candidates must also reside or attend college in Los Angeles County and be a United States citizen or permanent resident.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Angela Chen at achen@lacma.org.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION FOR ALL INTERNSHIPS:  Friday, May 1, 2015 

 


Corporate Giving Internship
Summer 2015
Development

LACMA’s Development Department works with major corporations, foundations and government agencies, as well as individuals to raise critical funds for the museum’s exhibitions. This includes raising funds for educational programing outreach; including music, film and technology programs, conservation, special projects, and annual events. The Corporate Giving intern will learn from managers about the full cycle of development at a major non-profit arts institution. The intern will gain first-hand experience in each step of the development process from researching prospects, cultivation, solicitation, all the way through to fulfillment of grants and corporate sponsorships. The intern will also have the unique opportunity to experience LACMA’s Corporate Associates Evening and other fundraising events. Upper division 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.

Interns will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Understand the process of sponsorship solicitation strategies and how to identify new potential sponsors through research
  • Shadow employees in Development while they create materials for exhibitions, programs, and events proposals
  • Learn how to create content for donor publications and general communications outreach
  • Understand the process of prospecting, development, execution, and management of corporate partnerships in support of our programs (music, film, and art), education initiatives, and corporate membership
  • Attend special fundraising events
  • Learn how corporate sponsorship and membership payments are processed
  • Shadow the AVP of Corporate Giving at meetings
  • Attend curator talks and Development meetings and learn about LACMA's mission, collection, and organizational systems
  • Understand how to research and write corporate foundation grant proposals

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to corporate@lacma.org by April 30.


Photo Services Volunteer
Year-Round
Photo Services

The Photo Services department documents the exhibitions, art objects, events, and the aesthetic atmosphere of the museum campus.  We are also responsible for the organization and safe-keeping of the photographic assets.

The Photo Services department is looking for a volunteer to help migrate decades of analogue documentary images into the digital realm and to assist with adding appropriate metadata onto large quantities of images to prepare the existing archive for a Digital Assets Management System.

Volunteers will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Adding Metadata to digital images
  • Scanning negatives/slides and light image clean-up/processing
  • Organization/Data-entry projects that will help maintain the functionality of the archives.  

To Apply
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter that includes availability and length of commitment to Laura Cherry, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036; or email Lcherry@lacma.org (please use subject line: Volunteer).

Deadlines for Application
Ongoing


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 Chanelle Mandell, Administrative Assistant,  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., los Angeles, CA 90036; or email  Cmandell@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 cmandell@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)