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Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internships at Los Angeles Area Museums and Visual Arts Organizations

If you are a student seeking to apply for 2009 Multicultural Undergraduate Internship positions at Los Angeles organizations, a list of institutions accepting applications from prospective interns is posted here.

If you are an organization seeking to apply for a grant to host a Multicultural Undergraduate Intern, please note that this year's application deadline has passed. 2009 application instructions remain on this site for your reference.

In order to increase diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, and to provide support for local organizations, funding is available to Los Angeles-area museums and visual arts organizations for multicultural undergraduate internships during summer 2009.

The internships are intended specifically for outstanding students who are members of groups currently underrepresented in these professions: individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent.

Museums of all types and nonprofit visual arts organizations of any size that are located in Los Angeles County are eligible to apply for the 2009 grants. Applicants must have nonprofit status as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code.

Museums and visual arts organizations in Los Angeles County may request support for one to three full-time internship positions, each with a salary of $3,500, for a consecutive ten-week period between June and August 2009. In addition to these salaries, organizations will receive $500 per internship to assist with administrative costs. Large organizations with multiple departments may apply for more than three interns.

Internships should be designed to offer eligible students experience in key areas such as curatorship, conservation, education, publications, and related programmatic activities. Larger museums are encouraged to request at least one internship in a curatorial or conservation department. In order to ensure the best educational experience for the intern, applicant organizations must have at least one full-time staff member.

Organizations receiving grants will be responsible for recruiting eligible interns. To assist them in this process, the Getty Foundation will disseminate information about available positions through its Web site and mailings to local colleges and universities.

Eligibility for the internships will be limited to currently enrolled undergraduates who either reside or attend college in Los Angeles County, will have completed at least one semester of college by June 2009, or who will complete their undergraduate degree by September 1, 2009. Candidates can be sought from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.

Application Availability and Deadline
The application is available ONLINE below and must be submitted electronically. (Please note that we will not accept mailed versions of the online application.) If you would like to apply, we suggest bookmarking this page to enable you to easily access the link to the online grant application.

There are two parts to completing your application:

Part I:
Complete and Submit the online application by 5:00 p.m. PST, FEBRUARY 1, 2009.

Part II:
Mail a letter from the Head of the Organization stating his or her support for the application. It must be received in the Foundation office by FEBRUARY 1, 2009. (During the Foundation's review of your application, you may be asked to provide evidence of your organization's tax exemption status.)
Please mail the letter to (do not hand deliver, fax, or email):
Attn: Multicultural Undergraduate Internships at Los Angeles Organizations
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685

Online Application Link
Click on one of two links below to begin a new online application or to work on an application in progress. Applications must be submitted electronically.

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.

Applicants will be notivied of the Foundation's decision by March 31, 2009.

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.

Undergraduate Summer Intern

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