Internships

Internships at LACMA

Development Research Internship

Communications Internship

Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship

Costume & Textiles Internship (Collections Management)

Costume & Textiles Internship (Curatorial)

Collections Management Internship

Registrar & Collection Information Internships 

 


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

 


Communications Internship
Summer 2016
Communications Department

Description

The Communications department is accepting applications for a Social Media intern.

The Social Media intern at LACMA will learn communication strategies for the museum's social media accounts—how we use each platform differently, and how individual posts are conceived, drafted, and published for each. The intern will learn to develop content for Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, which entails culling information about our collection, exhibitions, and campus. Using social media tools, the native platforms, and Google Analytics, the intern will learn how to  generate weekly overall reports, as well as those for individual exhibitions or events. The intern may learn how to create opportunities for social media influencers to work with the museum. The candidate should have basic knowledge of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, plus Microsoft Office and Google Drive.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Lucy Redoglia, Communications department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036; or email lredoglia@lacma.org.

 


Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship
Summer 2016

With nearly 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 1.2 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 22nd consecutive year, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is offering three paid, full-time ten-week summer Multicultural Undergraduate Internships sponsored by The Getty Foundation. Internships are available in the following departments: South and Southeast Asian Art, Photography, and Education and Public Programs.

REQUIREMENTS:  Eligible applicants must be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent. They must also 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 2016. Students graduating in May or June 2016 are also 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 $4,500 for a consecutive ten-week period, beginning no sooner than June 1, 2016 and ending no later than August 26, 2016. Interns are subjectto LACMA’s hiring and payroll procedures.

There are three events at which intern attendance is mandatory:

  1. Monday, June 27, 2016, all day (Arts Summit at the Getty Center)
  2. Dates & Times TBD (2 Learning Community Events)

HOW TO APPLY:

SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART INTERN

The ten-week South and Southeast Asian Art internship will focus on the research, publication, and exhibition of the permanent collection. The internship will provide the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, research skills, and practical curatorial training. Two projects, in particular, will constitute the focus of the internship. The first is a pan-Asian permanent collection exhibition on Buddhist art, opening in 2017, which draws extensively from LACMA’s South and Southeast Asian art collection. The intern will assist in compiling publication and provenance histories for artworks from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Nepal, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam; as well as researching comparative artworks in other collections. The second project concerns the research and publication of LACMA’s Indian painting collection, which have never been published in its entirety. The intern will assist in researching a selection of works, compiling a database of inscriptions or scribal notations, and searching various collections with a view to identifying source albums and other extant folios.

This internship is full-time with a stipend of $4,500, and is for ten consecutive weeks between June and August 2016. Eligible applicants must be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent. They must also 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 2016. Students graduating in May or June 2016 are also eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who have already served as Getty interns at LACMA are not eligible.

Prior coursework, or a strong interest, in Indian art is preferred. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Tushara Bindu Gude at bgude@lacma.org.

PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN
The 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 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), and will come to understand the inter-related roles of conservation, registration, and collection management. The intern’s primary activities will include the integration of information relating to the Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection, a collection of some 3,600 photographs spanning the entire history of the medium acquired by the museum in 2008, into existing object files; creation of new object files for recent acquisitions along with any necessary cataloguing; assisting with the reorganization of the Sanford Roth negative archive; and the integration of photography publications that need to shift from a temporary space in LACMA’s main library to a permanent space in the Photography satellite branch. 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 $4,500, and is for ten consecutive weeks between June and August 2016. Eligible applicants must be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent. They must also 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 2016. Students graduating in May or June 2016 are also 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 and the development of online resources, with other projects developed based on the intern’s areas of interest and expertise.

This internship is full-time with a stipend of $4,500, and is for ten consecutive weeks between June and August 2016. Eligible applicants must be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent. They must also 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 2016. Students graduating in May or June 2016 are also 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 Michelle Brenner at mbrenner@lacma.org.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION FOR ALL INTERNSHIPS:  Friday, April 29, 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)