Please note: Due to the uncertain nature of the ongoing global pandemic, all 2021–22 Graduate Internships may start remotely. We continue to rely on local, state and national officials to guide our re-opening process.

Additionally, due to complexities related to the pandemic, the number of positions offered for 2021–22 is unusually limited, and the evaluation process may be more highly competitive as a result. Therefore, please be sure to confirm your eligibility before applying.


Getty Graduate Internships are offered by the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust (the Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and the Foundation), as well as Getty Publications and Getty Digital.

Please review the descriptions of graduate internships listed below, then in the online Fluxx application select two positions in order of preference.

The J. Paul Getty Trust is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. Through the collective and individual work of its constituent programs—the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation—Getty pursues its mission in Los Angeles and throughout the world, serving both the general public and a wide range of professional communities in order to promote a vital civil society through an understanding of the visual arts.
Getty Digital: Software Architecture and UX
Getty Digital builds software that empowers scholars and art professionals as they research, craft arguments, and tell stories—and one of the most essential characteristics of an effective software project is a well-designed user experience.... As part of the software team at Getty, the Graduate Intern will have the opportunity to collaborate with experts in UX, Software engineering, and data transformation as we try and understand the needs of art history and design solutions that empower scholars to use Getty’s resources and collections to discover new insights and tell stories about the human experience. In this role, the intern will work with the team helping to build our archival viewing solutions, the Getty Vocabularies, the Getty Museum’s collection online, and other research applications. The intern will participate in the day-to-day work of crafting software and gain hands-on experience in requirements gathering, user testing, wireframing, rapid prototyping, and software design. Read more
Getty Publications: Digital and Print Publications
As the publisher serving all Getty programs, Getty Publications produces 30-35 print titles per year and an increasing number of web-based open access publications. This internship will provide in-depth experience in the creation, distribution, and marketing of digital publications as well as grounding in the traditional editorial functions involved in art publishing.... The intern will work closely with the Digital Publications Manager and editorial staff and will collaborate with colleagues across the Getty Trust, including the Museum, Conservation Institute, and Research Institute. Typical projects range from exhibition and collection catalogues to scholarly books on art conservation and history; duties include the coordination of assets and metadata, copyediting and manuscript preparation, project coordination, image rights clearances, and user testing. The position also provides exposure to trends in the museum and publishing technology fields, including user-centered design, the digital humanities, and open source software development. Candidates should be organized, detail-oriented, and have strong written and verbal communication skills. Read more
The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance. To fulfill this mission, the Museum continues to build its collections through purchase and gifts, and develops programs of exhibitions, publications, scholarly research, public education, and the performing arts that engage our diverse local and international audiences. All of these activities are enhanced by the uniquely evocative architectural and garden settings provided by the Museum's two renowned venues: the Getty Villa and the Getty Center. A few internships will be located at the Getty Villa. For more information about the Museum, go to getty.edu/museum.
J. Paul Getty Museum: Communications and Public Affairs
The Museum’s Public Affairs department offers a special opportunity for a graduate intern to gain hands-on experience in internal and external museum communications activities.... Collaborating with a small, dynamic team, the intern will work on all the Museum’s social media platforms helping to create and publish content, with a special focus on content supporting the Museum's public programs; help refine mailing lists for exhibition openings; (potentially) play a role in supporting small and large-scale events; and assist with other activities as time permits. The internship will provide a rich learning experience of how a communications department supports a museum’s daily operations. Read more
J. Paul Getty Museum: Curatorial, Paintings (European, prior to 1900)
The Curatorial Paintings graduate internship provides intensive curatorial training by engaging interns with Getty’s significant and expanding collection of European paintings.... Researching works in preparation for the Online Catalogue of Paintings, writing labels, developing gallery installations, presenting aspects of the collection in a gallery talk, and conducting exhibition-related research are among the wide range of activities an intern may undertake while working in the department. The intern will further benefit from exposure to the art market and to public and private collections in Los Angeles. In keeping with curatorial practice, much of the work is collaborative in nature and will entail interaction with Paintings Conservation, Education, Design and other departments. Candidates with prior work experience in a museum, keen interest in objects, and a strong desire to pursue a curatorial career are ideally suited to the graduate internship in the Paintings Department. In order to contribute to the preparation of future exhibition projects, reading knowledge of French or Italian and German will be highly desirable. Read more
J. Paul Getty Museum: Design
The graduate intern will join a multidisciplinary team of creative professionals to deliver design solutions for a range of possible projects related to the Getty visitor experience.... Tailored to the individual’s skills and career aspirations the intern could work on a range of projects including exhibition design, permanent collection gallery design, collection interpretation, digital design, or branding. At the crossroads of creative activity within the institution, work will involve collaborations with many internal clients, and departments. The Museum’s Design Studio is a fast-paced, deadline-driven, creative environment that develops high-quality design solutions. Read more
J. Paul Getty Museum: Interpretive Content
The J. Paul Getty Museum’s Interpretive Content department is seeking a creative graduate intern for a 12-month placement within our video production team.... The video intern will work alongside our video producer, video editor, and media writers to create video content designed to inform and inspire our visitors both online and in our galleries. They will have opportunities to work hands-on in a professional video production environment, producing documentary media for a diverse, global audience. The video intern will have the opportunity to develop their own original content and complete it as part of their professional portfolio. Working knowledge of video production equipment and workflows is required to fill the position. Fluency in Spanish is preferred. Read more
The Getty Research Institute (GRI) is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts and their various histories through its expertise, active collecting program, public programs, institutional collaborations, exhibitions, publications, digital services, and residential scholars programs. Its Research Library and Special Collections of rare materials and digital resources serve an international community of scholars and the interested public. The Institute's activities and scholarly resources guide and sustain each other and together provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and scholarly exchange. For more information about the GRI, go to getty.edu/research.
GRI: Collections Management, Special Collections Cataloging
The graduate intern in Special Collections Cataloging will gain experience working with Getty’s unique research collections, which include archives of artists, architects, dealers and art historians; sketches and drawings; prints from the 16th to the 21st century; and rare photographs.... The broad range of subject areas includes, but is not limited to art collectors and collecting, 20th-century architecture, video and performance art, Latin American art, and African American art. The Special Collections Cataloging Graduate Intern will work independently on an array of collections management activities and collaborate on team-based projects for legacy data cleanup, with work in multiple systems and tools related to archival collections management and cataloging. Specific assignments depend on the intern’s area of specialization, but tasks may include physical processing of collections, writing finding aids; maintaining processing plans; converting legacy PDF finding aids to EAD, creating collection-level and item-level catalog records; writing blog posts; and creating records in SNAC (Social Networks and Archival Context) to account for persons, families, and organizations in GRI archival holdings. Read more
GRI: Conservation & Preservation
The graduate intern in Conservation and Preservation at the Getty Research Institute will be an integral member of the department responsible for the care of the GRI’s rare and unique research collections.... Dating from the 15th century to the present, the collections include rare books, prints, rare photographs, extensive archives, architectural drawings and models, contemporary art multiples, video and audio recordings. The intern will engage in conservation treatments and preventive conservation activities and will also participate in exhibition preparation. Depending on the intern’s interests, treatment projects may involve a wide range of materials with a focus on books and paper-based material. Preventive conservation activities may include construction of unique housing solutions, lighting research including microfading testing, collection surveys, and environmental monitoring. The intern will be encouraged to conduct research related to GRI collections, culminating in a paper, poster or presentation. Read more
GRI: Curatorial (Latin American Art)
The graduate intern in the GRI Curatorial department will participate in several projects related to Latin American art including assisting curatorial staff on two exhibitions: (Re)Inventing the Americas, scheduled for 2022, and Alfredo Boulton: His Venezuela (1928–1979), for 2023.... The intern will conduct research on materials in the GRI’s Special Collections, catalogue materials for display, assist writing exhibition didactics, and work on logistics related to the organization of exhibitions, including attending planning and design meetings. The intern will also help with different aspects of the production of the publication related to Alfredo Boulton exhibition. In addition, the intern will provide advanced research assistance that will include focused research on potential acquisitions for the Latin American collections. The ideal candidate will be fluent in Spanish and a specialist in Latin American art history. Read more
GRI: Director's Office, Research Projects and Programs (Digital Art History)
The graduate intern in the Director’s Office and Digital Art History (DAH) will receive on-the-job training in the digital humanities, collaborative provenance research, data curation, and project management.... As a member of the DAH team, the graduate intern will work collaboratively to conceptualize, research, and implement digital initiatives, with a particular focus on the Pre-Hispanic Art Provenance Initiative (PHAPI). Originating from and led by the Director’s Office, PHAPI is the first systematic study of the global market for Pre-Hispanic art. The initiative is composed of two complementary projects: a research project focused on the Stendahl gallery archive and a cross-institutional collaborative project designed to foster the sharing of information related to Pre-Hispanic art collections and their provenance. The ideal intern is a self-starter who can work independently and in a collaborative team environment; has a background in Library and Information Science, digital humanities, data management and enrichment, and/or the study of global art histories and art markets; is interested in provenance research and data management and is passionate about creatively communicating complex ideas using digital tools to reach scholarly audiences all over the globe. Read more
GRI: Getty Vocabulary Program
The graduate intern's responsibilities and learning opportunities will include both editorial and technical tasks related to the creation of the Art & Architecture Thesaurus® (AAT), the Union List of Artist Names® (ULAN), the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names® (TGN), the Cultural Objects Name Authority® (CONA), and the Getty Iconography Authority™ (IA).... Activities will include researching terminology, biographical data, geographic data, information on works of art and architecture, and processing contributions using SQL and OpenRefine. Duties include evaluating, constructing, revising, and expanding new and existing terminology and work records for art and architecture, processing contributions from internal and external projects. The intern should arrive with the requisite general knowledge and experience; in the Vocabulary Program, the intern will receive training in creating authority records, processing data sets, and cataloging and indexing works of art and architecture. In addition, the intern will receive insight into how vocabularies and associated data are used in retrieval and linked broadly in the outside world, including as Linked Open Data (LOD). Read more
GRI: Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance (PSCP)
The graduate intern will research, create, and edit information for inclusion in the Getty Provenance Index® and may assist in planning workshops and conferences related to current projects.... This year’s intern will also be involved in the transformation of the current databases into Linked Open Data and will contribute to the overhaul of department’s online presence. The internship provides an opportunity to work within several periods of art history, and a variety of primary source material as well as digital collections. Working with the Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance (PSCP), the intern will gain experience in provenance research, database curation, and data analysis for the cultural heritage and digital humanities fields. Read more
GRI: Publications
Getty Research Institute Publications offers a twelve-month graduate internship focused on editing and preparing academic scholarship for publication.... The graduate intern works closely with all Research Institute editors to learn how books are produced, from acquiring and editing a manuscript to obtaining art and permissions, and from proofing typeset pages to promoting the final product. In the process, the graduate intern will also learn how designers, production coordinators, and other publishing professionals from Getty Publications interact with the GRI editorial team. The graduate intern supports the editors on a variety of projects, performing tasks such as creating style sheets, editing short texts and endnotes, checking facts, marking corrections on proofs, and acquiring art and permissions for publication, as well as learning about the development and production of the Getty Research Journal. The graduate intern will learn the skills necessary to be a competitive applicant for entry-level jobs in scholarly or museum publishing; for this reason, applicants who aspire to work in these fields are preferred. Our graduate intern has a broad interest in the visual arts, a passion for communicating complex ideas, an eye for detail, and excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills. Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style and conventions of academic writing are helpful, but not required. The projects currently scheduled for 2021–22 include a born-digital project on an avant-garde score; a collection of essays on video art in Latin America; a collection of essays on the history of photography in illustrated magazines; a history of the art market; a digital publication on data-based and data-driven approaches to the history of collecting and art markets; a catalog for an exhibition on Venezuelan intellectual and photographer Alfredo Boulton; a book on the influence of cinema on John Lautner’s architecture; a translation of the selected essays of Henry van de Velde; and two issues of the Getty Research Journal. Read more
GRI: Web and New Media
The Getty Research Institute's Web and New Media department graduate intern will work closely with our team to learn and participate in the process of digital content development, from initial ideation to project launch, which includes conceptual planning and content strategy; project management...; storytelling and learning to write and adapt content in a voice and tone that is customized for various audiences and platforms; UX design and testing; and editing web pages according to house style within a content management system. The ideal intern is currently pursuing or has recently completed a graduate-level degree in journalism, art history, or communications and is passionate about creatively communicating complex ideas to multiple audiences. The intern should also be an excellent writer and an independent self-starter who will be able to hit the ground running to work on individual projects and collaborative cross-departmental initiatives. Read more
The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) works to advance conservation practice in the visual arts, broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. It serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the broad dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the Getty Conservation Institute focuses on the creation and dissemination of knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations responsible for the conservation of the world's cultural heritage. For more information, go to getty.edu/conservation.

Due to the deferral of most of the GCI’s 2020–21 graduate interns to 2021–22, this year we are only seeking two interns to work on two of our major initiatives, both of which combine work from our Collections and Science departments.
GCI: Modern and Contemporary Art Research
The Modern and Contemporary Art Research (ModCon) Initiative consists of different research strands and activities focused on the many and varied conservation needs of modern and contemporary art.... Specific undertakings anticipated for the intern include helping with the development and organization of two workshops, one on practical approaches to conserving plastics, and the other on surface treatment strategies for outdoor painted sculpture, with both in-person and remote options being explored. Other areas of likely activity include dialogs with artists based in LA on their materials, processes, and implications for the conservation of their work, and engagement with the conservation profession in general about future needs and priorities. More information on the ModCon Initiative can be found here: getty.edu/conservation/our_projects/science/modcon/ Read more
GCI: Managing Collection Environments
The Managing Collection Environments (MCE) Initiative addresses compelling research questions and practical issues pertaining to the control and management of collection environments in museums and storage facilities from around the world....  Current areas of interest include improving and managing environmental monitoring methods, the technical examination and condition reporting of objects placed under different sets of environmental conditions, data visualization and statistical reporting, and exploring the logistics involved in loans and art in transit. It is anticipated the intern will be closely involved with the planning and implementation of further versions of the current MCE professional workshops. More information on the MCE Initiative can be found here: getty.edu/conservation/our_projects/education/managing/ Read more