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Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internships at the Getty

NOTIFICATION: The Getty Foundation offices will be closed on Friday, February 27. If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact our office by Thursday, February 26.

In order to increase diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, the Getty is offering summer internships at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa to undergraduates of culturally diverse backgrounds.

Internships provide training and work experience in areas such as conservation, library collections, publications, museum education, curatorship, grants administration, public programs, site operations, and information technology.

The Multicultural Undergraduate Internships at the Getty are intended specifically for outstanding students who are members of groups currently underrepresented in museum professions and fields related to the visual arts: individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent.

Eligible applicants must 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 2009. Students who will complete their undergraduate degree by September 1, 2009, are also eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Candidates are sought from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.

Internships provide stipends of $3,500 for ten-week summer internships at the Getty Center in Los Angeles or at the Getty Villa in Malibu, California. The internships are full time beginning June 15, 2009, and ending August 20, 2009. Housing and transportation are not provided.

Application Requirements
Below are the complete application instructions for the 2009 Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program at the Getty. We suggest bookmarking or printing this page for future reference.

Part 1: Complete and submit the online portion of your application (which includes uploading your Personal Statement and Supplemental Applicant Information form) by 5:00 p.m., PST, MARCH 1, 2009.

Part 2: In a single envelope, mail the following materials:
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (originals, in sealed envelopes)
  • Official Undergraduate Transcript(s) (one original and three copies): Transcript(s) must record at least one semester or two quarters of college after high school. If you have tranferred in the past year, you must also include a transcript from your previous college or university.
Part 2 materials must be received in the Foundation office by MARCH 1, 2009. Please mail (do not hand deliver, fax, or email) them to:
Multicultural Undergraduate Internships at the Getty
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685
*PLEASE NOTE: You will need Adobe® Acrobat® Reader version 7 or above in order to complete and submit the Supplemental Applicant Information form. You can download a free copy of the most recent version of Adobe® Acrobat® Reader by clicking here or on the Adobe icon below.

Link to Online Portion of Application
Click on one of two links below to access the online portion of the application.

To Start Your Application:

Click Here
to log in and begin a 2009 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 review your account page and return to a saved 2009 Online Application in progress.

PDF of Letters of Recommendation forms
The Letters of Recommendation forms are available for viewing and printing in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Letters of Recommendation
Typically, the most appropriate recommenders are university faculty members or past or current employers who are familiar with your skills and abilities. Your recommenders must complete the forms and return them to you in sealed envelopes, signed across the flap. Letters of Recommendation not submitted in individual sealed envelopes or arriving separately from the mailed supplemental materials will not be considered.

Instructions for Printing
Click on the link below to view and print the application form in PDF.




Letters of Recommendation


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Please address inquiries to:

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

Phone: 310.440.7320
Fax (inquiries only): 310.440.7703

Finalists will be contacted in late March/early April for in-person or telephone interviews. All applicants will be notified of the Getty Foundation's decision in early May 2009.

Please note:
Through a related program, Getty provides grants to museums and visual arts organizations in Los Angeles County to support multicultural undergraduate summer internships. Organizations receiving grants are responsible for recruiting interns. Eligible undergraduates apply directly to the organizations of their choice. A list of these organizations will be available online at in early April 2009.

In addition, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission offers grants to performing and literary arts organizations in Los Angeles County for undergraduate summer internships. Information about these grants is available online at or by calling 213.202.5858.

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