25 Years of Internships

Aiming to encourage greater diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, the Getty Foundation created the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program in Los Angeles to support substantive, full-time summer work opportunities for college undergraduates from cultural backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented in the arts. Since the program's founding in 1993, 150 local arts institutions, as well as the Getty Center and the Getty Villa, have hosted 3,000 interns, exposing these students to career possibilities in the arts.

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Professional Development for Internship Alumni
Based on the results of a major evaluation of the internship program, the Foundation began developing professional development programs for former interns. The 2006 evaluation found that the Foundation's program successfully exposes interns to a breadth of visual arts-related job opportunities, has a positive impact on their academic choices, and leads many into careers at museums and visual arts nonprofits. The evaluation also found that alumni would like more professional development opportunities, and a greater sense of connection to the Getty and to each other. The first program, a professional development workshop entitled Leading From Where You Stand, was held in May 2009 in conjunction with the L.A. County Arts Commission. The Foundation has also partnered with the American Association of Museum and the California Association of Museums to offer fellowships for Getty alumni to attend these organizations’ annual conferences. In addition, June 2011 saw the launch of the Leadership in Arts Management program. This pilot program brought together 20 alumni of the Getty and LA County summer undergraduate internship programs now working in the arts for a series of professional development workshops that took place over one year.

Learn more about the survey findings (PDF, 51KB)