Since 1993, the Foundation's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program has provided substantive, full-time work opportunities to 3,000 undergraduates, exposing them to potential careers in the arts. Aiming to encourage greater diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, the program provides funding for internships at cultural organizations across Los Angeles, including at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. The Foundation's support enables organizations to host students in full-time, paid internships for ten weeks during the summer.

The internships are intended for outstanding students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts. Students gain experience in key areas such as curatorship, conservation, education, publications, and related programmatic activities. Candidates are sought from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.

Students 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;
  • Be currently enrolled undergraduates. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2015. Students graduating in May or June 2015 are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)
  • Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County; and
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.

The internships are full-time (40 hours/week) positions, each with a stipend of $4,000, for a consecutive ten-week work period between June and August, 2015.

How To Apply
Positions are available each summer at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu. For specific instructions and the application form for multicultural undergraduate summer internships at the Getty: Application Instructions for Getty Center and Getty Villa.

For positions at other Los Angeles-area museums and visual arts organizations: The Getty Foundation also supports nearly 100 internship positions at organizations throughout Los Angeles County. Students apply directly to the participating organizations. See a full list of positions available for summer 2015.

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Please address inquiries to:

Attn: Multicultural Undergraduate Internships
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685

Phone: (310) 440-7320
Fax (inquiries only): (310) 440-7703

Please note:
Los Angeles County Internship Grants for Performing and Literary Arts Organizations
Through a related program, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission offers grants to performing and literary arts organizations in Los Angeles County for undergraduate summer internships. Application forms and information about these grants are available online at or by calling (213) 202-5858.

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