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Graduate Internships at the Getty

Students interested in applying for internship grants should note that the deadline to apply for the 2009-2010 Getty Graduate Internship program has passed. Information on the 2009-2010 grants follows for reference only. Online application materials for the 2010-2011 Getty Graduate Internship program will be available in September 2009.

Getty Graduate Internships are offered in the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust—the Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, Getty Conservation Institute, and Getty Foundation—for students of all nationalities who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. Training and work experience are available in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, information management, public programs, and grantmaking. Please see the list of internship areas and host departments participating in 2009-2010. Approximately 20 graduate internship positions are funded each year.

Internships are open to students of all nationalities. Applicants must be:
  • Students currently enrolled in a graduate program leading to an advanced degree in a field relevant to the internship(s) for which they are applying, or
  • Individuals who have completed a relevant graduate degree on or after January 1, 2006, with post-graduate activities in their field, paid or unpaid.

Internships are located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles or the Getty Villa in Malibu. All positions are full-time beginning September 14, 2009. Most internships are for eight months, ending May 21, 2010. Conservation internships are twelve months, ending September 10, 2010. Grant amounts are $17,400 for eight months and $26,000 for twelve months. The grant includes health benefits, but housing and relocation funds are not provided.

Finalists will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews by March 2009. All applicants will be notified of the Getty's decision in April 2009.

How To Apply
We suggest bookmarking or printing these instructions for your records.

Part 1: Complete and submit the Online Portion of Application (which includes uploading a Personal Statement and Supplemental Applicant Information form) by 5:00 p.m., PST, DECEMBER 15, 2008

Part 2: In a single envelope mail the following items. These materials must be received in the Foundation office by DECEMBER 15, 2008. Materials received after this date will result in an incomplete application.

a). 1 original and 3 copies of your academic records:
  • If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program, provide proof of current enrollment (for example, most recent academic records).
  • If you have attended schools in the United States, provide original transcripts for each school attended (both undergraduate and graduate). You may open and copy official transcripts. U.S. students may request that official transcripts be Issued to Student to facilitate photocopying.
  • If you have attended schools outside of the United States, provide certification of completed courses or copies of diplomas for all programs completed following high school.

b). 2 Letters of Recommendation in sealed envelopes:
  • Click here to download the Letter of Recommendation forms (104 kb). Type or print your name at the top of the forms before giving them to your recommenders. Your recommenders should complete and return them to you in sealed envelopes. In order for your application to be complete, both Letters of Recommendation must be included, in separate sealed envelopes, together with your other Part 2 materials.

*PLEASE NOTE: You will need Adobe® Acrobat® Reader version 7 or above in order to complete the Supplemental Applicant Information and Letter of Recommendation forms. You can download a free copy of the most recent version of Adobe® Acrobat® Reader by clicking here.

Mail Part 2 materials to:
Getty Graduate Internship Program
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685

Online Portion of Application

Applicants must have access to a Web browser that allows cookies. The following browser versions are recommended: Internet Explorer 6.0 (for PC) SP-2 and 7.0 (for PC); Safari 2.0 (for Mac); Mozilla Firefox 2.0

Click on the appropriate link below:

To Start Your Application:

Click Here
to log in and begin a 2008 Online Application. (New users will be prompted to create a login and password.)

To Continue an Application in Progress:

Click Here
to log in and return to your saved 2008 application in progress.

Please address inquiries to:

Attn: Getty Graduate Internship Program
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685

Phone: 310.440-7320
Fax (inquiries only): 310.440.7703

For technical assistance, or if you cannot submit an online application, please contact We are available during normal business hours Pacific Standard Time and will attempt to respond within 2 business days. We recommend beginning and completing the application early in order to receive timely technical assistance.

Getty Graduate Internship Areas and Host Departments

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