Getty Graduate Internships are offered in the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust—the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation—to students 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.

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, 2010, with postgraduate 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 9, 2013. Most internships are for eight months, ending May 16, 2013. Conservation internships are twelve months, ending September 5, 2014. Grant amounts are $17,400 for eight months and $26,000 for twelve months. Support for research travel is available for up to $2,500. The grant includes health benefits, but housing and relocation funds are not provided.

How To Apply

Part 1: Online Application. Complete and submit the online portion of your application below (this step includes uploading a Personal Statement and Supplemental Applicant Information form) by 5:00 p.m. PST, December 3, 2012. Materials received after this date will result in an incomplete application. Application materials cannot be returned.

We cannot accept applications hand-delivered to the Getty Center or those sent by e-mail or fax.

Please note that since the graduate intern application's annual deadline of December 1 falls on a Saturday we have moved the deadline in 2012 only to Monday, December 3.

Part 2: Academic records via mail. Transcripts must be received in the Foundation office on or before December 3, 2012.
If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program, provide proof of current enrollment (for example, your most recent academic records and official transcripts).

If you have attended schools outside of the United States, provide proof of completed courses and official copies of diplomas for all academic education completed following high school.

If you have attended schools in the United States, provide official transcripts for each school attended (both undergraduate and graduate).

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

If your college/university provides official transcripts electronically, you may request that they be sent by the institution to:
Electronic transcripts sent by applicants will not be accepted.

Part 3: Recommendation letters via e-mail. Applicants must have two confidential letters of recommendation forwarded by their recommenders via e-mail to Letters must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. PST December 3, 2012. Recommenders should attach a scanned original letter to the e-mail. In all cases, letters of recommendation must come directly from the recommender's institutional e-mail account and must clearly indicate the applicant's name (last name, first name) in the subject line and the recommender's name and title.

Typically, the most appropriate recommenders are university faculty members who can address your academic performance. Other recommenders may include past or current employers of relevant work who are familiar with your skills and abilities.

Recommenders should be sure to state how long s/he has known the applicant and in what capacity. We would particularly appreciate comments on the applicant's abilities in the following areas: academic performance, research and writing skills, curiosity and ability to take initiative, interpersonal skills, and dependability. We would appreciate a ranking of the individual on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being below average and 5 being excellent.
Online Portion of Application
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Please address inquiries to:

Attn: 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


Due to the large volume of applications received, staff is unable to respond to application-related questions once the deadline has passed. Finalists will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews in March 2013. All applicants will be notified of the Getty Foundation's decision in April 2013.

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 two business days.