Internships

Internships at LACMA

Graphic Design Internship 

Corporate & Foundation Partnerships Internship 

Costume & Textiles Internship (Collections Management)

Costume & Textiles Internship (Costume Installation)

Collections Management Internship

Registrar & Collection Information Internships

 


Graphic Design Internship
Summer 2018 

The Graphic Design department at LACMA operates as the internal design studio supporting the museum’s brand and identity, exhibitions, marketing campaigns, membership, LACMA’s website, public programs, and education initiatives, as well as all other communications across the museum.

We are looking for a motivated Graphic Design intern who will learn from our team of designers and participate in the design process from kickoff, to design, to critique and production. They will have the chance to experience the day-to-day of working in the context of a busy museum environment.

Interns will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Understands the process of creating necessary graphic pieces for print and web including:

             - Permanent collection labels
             - Building wayfinding
             - Marketing campaigns for upcoming exhibitions

  • Shadows the Art Director and Director of Graphic Design
  • Sits in on meetings to develop and review projects with various departments
  • Participates in critiques of ongoing projects
  • Participates in installations of exhibition graphics

Requirements:

  • Graphic design student or recent graduate
  • Experienced in InDesign, Photoshop, and After Effects
  • Ability to multitask and work under time restraints

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to mpourmohsen@lacma.org


Corporate & Foundation Partnerships Internship
Year-Round
Development Department

The Corporate & Foundation Partnerships Team accepts applications for interns on an ongoing basis following the academic calendar.

Description 

The Partnerships Team works with major corporations and foundations to raise critical funds for the museum’s key functions including; exhibitions, collection conservation, educational programs (such as music, film and technology), special projects, and annual events. The Partnerships intern will gain first-hand experience in each step of the development process from prospecting to cultivation and solicitation, all the way through to fulfillment of foundation grants and corporate sponsorships. The intern will also have the unique opportunity to experience LACMA’s Corporate Partners Evening and other special events.

Minimum Qualifications

This non-compensatory, part-time internship is appropriate for upper division students currently enrolled in undergraduate studies, graduate school, or recent graduates with experience in communications, art history, business development, or marketing, and are interested in learning about non-profit arts development, specifically in a museum setting. Experience with a database management system such as Raiser’s Edge is preferred but not required. Academic credit can be arranged.

Interns will gain knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Learn how to create pitch materials for exhibitions, programs, and events
  • Learn how to create grant proposals and wrap reports
  • Understand the process of how to identify new foundation donors and corporate sponsors through research and effective solicitation strategies
  • Learn how to process gifts and draft acknowledgment letters 
  • Learn how to create content for donor publications and general communications outreach
  • Learn how to update and maintain donor information in a database and files
  • Attend curator talks and Development meetings to learn about LACMA’s mission, collection and organizational system
  • Attend special events

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and short writing sample combine into one PDF  to corporate@lacma.org and note the semester you are applying for in the subject line (I.E. Spring, 2018)

Deadlines for Application

  • November 1 for the Spring semester (January–April)
  • March 1 for the Summer semester (May-August)
  • July 1 for the Fall semester (September - December)

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. 


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 Sedona Heidinger, 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 Sedona Heidinger, 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)