Internships

Internships at LACMA

Major Donor Events Internship  

Corporate Partnerships Internship

Getty Multicultural Internships

Costume & Textiles Internship (Collections Management)

Costume & Textiles Internship (Costume Installation)

Collections Management Internship

Registrar & Collection Information Internships

 


Major Donor Events Internship
Summer 2017
Development

LACMA’s Major Donor Events supports the Development Department create and execute special events, working with individuals, donor and acquisition groups, corporations, foundations and government agencies, to raise critical funds for the museum’s exhibitions, programs, and campaign. The Major Donor Events intern will learn from managers about the full cycle of development events at a major nonprofit arts institution. The intern will gain firsthand experience in each step of the event planning process from research, production, donor stewardship, vendor interaction, through to the execution of Major Donor Events. Upper division students currently enrolled in undergraduate studies, recent graduates or graduate students interested in learning about nonprofit events, specifically in a museum setting are encouraged to apply.

Interns will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Understands the process of event planning strategies and how to maximize donor experiences through research
  • Shadows employees while they create materials for galas, conferences, salons and other major donor events
  • Learns how to create content for marketing and general communications outreach
  • Understands the process of prospecting, development, execution and management of events in support of our exhibitions and campaign
  • Attends special fundraising events and curator-led tours
  • Learns the process of refining a list of event attendees, solicitation, and follow up
  • Shadows Development employees at meetings
  • Attends museum talks, tours, and programs to learn about LACMA's mission, collection, and organizational systems

Minimum Qualifications

This non-compensatory internship is an excellent opportunity for students enrolled in undergraduate studies, graduate students or recent graduates interested in learning about non-profit arts development and working in a museum setting. Candidates interested in events management or art history are encouraged to apply.  Academic credit is available.

To Apply
Send a cover letter and resume to Victor Guzman at vguzman@lacma.org. No phone calls, please. 



Corporate Partnerships Internship
Spring/Summer 2017
Development

LACMA’s Corporate Partnerships Department works with major corporations and corporate foundations to raise critical funds for the museum’s exhibitions. This includes securing support for our educational programs; spanning music, film and technology, conservation, special projects, and annual events. The Corporate Partnerships intern will learn from the team 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 Partners Evening and other special events.

Upper division students currently enrolled in undergraduate studies, graduate students, or recent graduates with experience in communications, art history, business development, marketing and are interested in learning about non-profit arts development, specifically in a museum setting, are encouraged to apply.

Interns will gain knowledge and experience in the following areas:

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

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to corporate@lacma.org by May 30, 2017.

 

 


Getty Multicultural Internship 
Summer 2017 

With approximately 130,000 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 1.6 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.

For the 23rd consecutive year, LACMA is offering three paid, full-time ten-week summer Multicultural Undergraduate Internships supported by The Getty Foundation. Internships are available in the following departments: Registration and Collections, Photography, and Education and Public Programs.

REQUIREMENTS:  Eligible applicants must be of groups underrepresented in professions related to museums and the visual arts, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent. They must also be currently enrolled undergraduates who have completed at least one semester of college by June 2017, and must be a resident of or attend college in Los Angeles County. Students graduating in May or June 2017 are also eligible. Students enrolled in a second B.A. or B.S. program are not eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who have already served as Getty interns at LACMA are not eligible.

STIPEND:  Each intern will receive a stipend of $5,000 for a consecutive ten-week period, beginning no sooner than June 5, 2017 and ending no later than August 25, 2017. Interns are subject to LACMA’s hiring, payroll, and holiday schedule policies and procedures.

There are three events at which intern attendance is mandatory:

  1. Monday, July 10, 2017, all day (Arts Summit at the Getty Center)
  2. Dates & Times TBD (2 Learning Community Events)

HOW TO APPLY:

REGISTRATION AND COLLECTIONS INTERN

The ten-week internship in the Registration and Collections Department will provide a thorough introduction to LACMA, its registration processes for managing the permanent collection, and the museum’s acquisition program. Specifically, the Registration and Collections intern will work on the museum’s ongoing accession data reconciliation project, assisting with the digitization and data entry of LACMA’s hard permanent collection files to update the museum’s database of more than 130,000 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 in carrying out their key responsibilities, including processing art acquisitions, researching inquiries about and inventorying permanent collection artworks.

This internship is full-time with a stipend of $5,000, and is for ten consecutive weeks between June and August 2017. Eligible applicants must be of a group underrepresented in professions related to museums and the visual arts, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent. They must also be currently enrolled undergraduates who have completed at least one semester of college by June 2017, and must be a resident of or attend college in Los Angeles County. Students graduating in May or June 2017 are also eligible. Students enrolled in a second B.A. or B.S. program are not eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who have already served as Getty interns at LACMA are not eligible.

An art history, library science, or fine arts background is strongly preferred. Excellent computer and communication skills are required. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Chanelle Mandell at cmandell@lacma.org.

PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN

The ten-week internship in LACMA’s Wallis Annenberg Photography Department will focus on supporting several ongoing curatorial projects and operations related to the permanent collection. During the ten-week internship, the intern’s primary activities will be oriented around several areas: follow-up projects connected to the Photography Department’s inventory and reorganization in advance of the museum’s upcoming move; assistance with a backlog of database entry, including updates of artwork titles, insurance values, documentary digital imaging, etc.; and creation of new object files for recent acquisitions along with any necessary cataloguing. The intern will be provided with training on general art museum practices, proper art handling, and learn the protocols for the creation of photography records in LACMA’s collection database, The Museum System (TMS). The intern will also come to understand the inter-related roles of conservation, registration, and collection management. New projects in support of department priorities may be developed, based on the intern’s experiences and interest.

This internship is full-time with a stipend of $5,000, and is for ten consecutive weeks between June and August 2017. Eligible applicants must be of a group underrepresented in professions related to museums and the visual arts, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent. They must also be currently enrolled undergraduates who have completed at least one semester of college by June 2017, and must be a resident of or attend college in Los Angeles County. Students graduating in May or June 2017 are also eligible. Students enrolled in a second B.A. or B.S. program are not eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who have already served as Getty interns at LACMA are not eligible.

Students who have taken coursework in the history of photography, its practice, or have a particular interest in the medium are preferred. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Eve Schillo at eschillo@lacma.org.

EDUCATION AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS INTERN

 The ten-week internship in the Education and Public Programs Department will provide an opportunity to engage in a broad range of LACMA’s education programs for a variety of audiences, including both children and adults. Major responsibilities will focus on assisting administrators in the coordination and implementation of the Art + Film Institute, an intensive professional development program for K–12 teachers that emphasizes interdisciplinary teaching approaches using works of art and technology; and Art Camp, summer art classes for children ages 6–13. The intern will also have the opportunity to assist with other programs, including but not limited to Andell Family Sundays, a weekly family event featuring artist-led workshops and friendly gallery tours and activities, and Evenings for Educators, a professional development program for K–12 teachers. Dependent upon interest and experience, the intern may also participate in focused observations of programs with other projects developed based on the intern’s areas of interest and expertise.

This internship is full-time with a stipend of $5,000, and is for ten consecutive weeks between June and August 2017. Eligible applicants must be of a group underrepresented in professions related to museums and the visual arts, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent. They must also be currently enrolled undergraduates who have completed at least one semester of college by June 2017, and must be a resident of or attend college in Los Angeles County. Students graduating in May or June 2017 are also eligible. Students enrolled in a second B.A. or B.S. program are not eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who have already served as Getty interns at LACMA are not eligible.

Excellent computer and communications skills are required and an art history, studio art, or arts education background is preferred. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Patricia Esquivel at pesquive@lacma.org.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION FOR ALL INTERNSHIPS:  Friday, April 28, 2017



Costume & Textiles Internship - Collections Management
Year-Round

Costume and Textiles Department

The Costume and Textiles Department accepts applications for student interns on an ongoing basis following the academic calendar. 

Description

The Costume and Textiles Department is undertaking a comprehensive inventory, digitization, and rehousing project of the collection. 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. The intern will gain experience in handling artworks, preparing archival materials for artwork housing, conducting inventories, and navigating the museum database.

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:

  • February 1 - March 15 for summer
  • May 1 - June 15 for fall semester
  • September 1 - October 15 for winter/spring semester
Applications will be accepted until the internship is filled. 

Costume & Textiles Internship - Costume Installation
Spring 2017
Costume and Textiles Department

Description

Under the supervision of the Costume and Textiles Installation Specialist, the internship program is designed to provide an opportunity to learn about mounting costume for exhibition installation and photography. The intern will gain experience handling, researching, and using technical skills aimed at interpreting costume in a historically accurate manner and in line with a curator’s vision.

Minimum Qualifications

This non-compensatory internship is appropriate for post-graduate and graduate students in costume studies and textile conservation. Candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree before the start of the internship and have advanced sewing skills.  Preference will be given to candidates currently in an academic program who have completed courses in costume and textiles history and conservation science, and have 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 until the internship is filled. 


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, Registration and Collections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036; or email regoffice@lacma.org.

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 Martha Rocha, Administrative Assistant, Registration and Collections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036; or email regoffice@lacma.org.

Deadlines for Application

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