Internships

Internships at LACMA

Corporate Giving Internship

Photo Services Volunteer

Audience Strategy & Services Internship

Collections Management Internship

Registrar & Collection Information Internships  


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


Audience Strategy & Services Internship
Year-Round
Audience Strategy & Services

Description
The Audience Strategy and Services intern will have hands-on opportunities to learn about all channels of museum marketing. The intern will professionally and effectively learn how LACMA’s marketing projects are managed. The intern will examine and comprehend the coordination of key marketing projects including advertising, outreach and community relations, online marketing, copywriting, and execution of other marketing initiatives.

Interns will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Understand coordination of marketing initiatives that drive attendance and build audience for LACMA’s exhibitions and programs
  • Get hands-on experience in day-to-day operations of marketing staff
  • Learn best-practices for mass email communication (MailChimp) while creating and sending weekly and monthly campaigns
  • Get exposure to on-site patron communications through the production of daily ‘Today at LACMA’ documents
  • Letter drafting to use in marketing collateral
  • Be exposed to inter-departmental, creative project management
  • Collaborate on outreach initiatives including communication with schools, cultural institutions, community organizations, online communities and bloggers, retail businesses, and other local and national audiences, in addition to hotel and tourist organizations
  • Interpret market research (implementation of surveys, data collection, etc.)
  • Access to sit-in and observe meetings and conference calls, as well as access to staff-only presentations, tours, and walkthroughs

To Apply
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter describing your academic and professional interests to Roberto Ayala at rayala@lacma.org. Schedules are determined on an individual basis; this opportunity is non-compensatory.


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 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 Samantha Forsko, Collections Management Technician,  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., los Angeles, CA 90036; or email  sforsko@lacma.org.; or send a fax to (323) 857-4754.

Deadlines for Application
November 1 for spring semester (January-May)

April 1 for summer (June, July, 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 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)