Internships

Internships at LACMA

Corporate Giving Internship

Membership Internship 

Major Donor Events Internship 

Development Research Internship

Costume & Textiles Internship (Collections Management)

Costume & Textiles Internship (Curatorial)

Collections Management Internship

Registrar & Collection Information Internships 


Corporate Giving Inernship
Summer 2016
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 Director and 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 June 24, 2016.


Membership Internship
Spring/Summer 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 sitting in silence together at Levitated Mass and watching the sunrise.

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, May 27, 2016.


Major Donor Events Internship
Summer 2016
Development Events

LACMA’s Major Donor Events supports the Development Department creating and executing special events working with individuals, donor and acquisitions 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. The intern will also have the unique opportunity to experience LACMA’s Art Museum Development Association conference and other fundraising events. Upper division students currently enrolled in undergraduate studies, or 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:

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

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Michelle Mountain at mmountain@lacma.org.


Development Research Internship
Spring 2016
Development Department

Description

LACMA’s Development Department works with individuals, major corporations, foundations, and government agencies to raise critical funds for the museum’s programs and operations.

The Development Research Intern will learn about devising strategies for cultivating and stewarding key donors, as well as the role that research plays in informing those strategies. The intern will gain first-hand experience in gathering critical data and designing specialized research reports. The intern will also have the opportunity to interact with Museum staff outside of the Development Department, such as the Legal Department, Registrar’s Office, and the Research Library. The Development Research Intern will have a unique opportunity to learn about the museum’s history and to play a role in stewarding its future.

Interns will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Understand the process of developing and implementing donor stewardship strategies
  • Learn about the history of support that has helped to shape LACMA’s campus.
  • Understand the process of gathering data and researching records and archives to retrieve critical data.
  • Learn how to create specialized research reports.
  • Shadow the Director of Research and Campaign Operations at meetings.
  • Attend Museum meetings and events hosted by Development 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 Robert Boone, Development Department, at rboone@lacma.org.

Deadline for Application is Friday, May 20, 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)