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The Getty Post-Baccalaureate Conservation Internships aim to increase diversity in the field of art conservation. Launched in fall 2020 as a pilot program, the internships are the first nationwide effort to provide yearlong financial support and hands-on conservation experience to post-baccalaureate young professionals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds preparing to apply to conservation graduate programs.

The lack of diversity in art conservation is a concern for museums nationwide. Since an advanced degree is essential to a conservation career, applicants to the few degree programs that exist often boost their credentials by completing prerequisite courses in science, art history, and studio art, and performing 1000 hours of internship training, usually unpaid. Graduate program administrators say these realities have produced a conservation field that is neither equitable nor culturally diverse, an assessment confirmed by data, including the Mellon Foundation's Art Museum Staff Demographic Surveys of 2015 and 2018 that show conservation as one of the least diverse areas in the museum field.

Each intern will receive a grant of $30,000 for twelve months, plus financial support for tuition reimbursement and professional conference attendance. In addition to residencies in Getty conservation studios, interns will rotate among the conservation studios of a consortium of Los Angeles museums: the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures; the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens; the Fowler Museum at UCLA; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); and the Autry Museum of the American West.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020/2021 class is working remotely under the supervision of Getty conservators until museums reopen and on-site work is deemed safe. Participation in the program also includes career mentoring by senior experts in the conservation field and the ability to take prerequisite courses at Santa Monica College.

This Getty-wide program is administered by the Getty Foundation and made possible in its pilot year with funding from the Getty Patron Program.

How to Apply

To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements for the 2021/2022 class, please contact PostBaccInterns@Getty.edu.