Internships

Internships at LACMA

Corporate Giving Internship

Collections Management Internship

Registrar & Collection Information Internships  


Corporate Giving Internship
Fall/Winter 2014
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 education outreach; including music, film and technology programs, conservation, special projects, and annual events. The Corporate Giving and Government & Foundation Relations 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 prospecting, 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 November 13.


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 work on projects related to preparation of archival materials for housing artwork, conduct inventories and relocation updates of artwork, and assist in maintaining and monitoring environmental conditions in all permanent collection storerooms. The internship will expose students to multiple facets of collections care and long term preservation goals.

Eligibility Requirements
The volunteer intern must be able to complete 240 hours within a fourteen-week period, be computer literate and be a college junior, senior or graduate-level status. 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. Hours are flexible between 8am and 6 pm Monday through Friday.

The ideal candidate should have knowledge of basic museum collections management practices, collections care, documentation, information systems, and have the ability to work independently. Preference will be given to students with a serious interest in pursuing a museum career.

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 work on projects related to documenting the permanent collection, inventorying and cataloguing objects, assisting with 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.

Eligibility Requirements
The volunteer intern must be able to complete 240 hours within a fourteen-week period, be computer literate, and have junior, senior or graduate-level status. 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. Hours are flexible between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.

The ideal candidate should have knowledge of basic museum collections management practices, collections care, documentation, information systems, and have the ability to work independently. Preference will be given to students with a serious interest in pursuing a museum career. 

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 jmeraz@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)