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a young woman looks through the microscope at Vincent van Gogh's painting
Getty Post-Baccalaureate Conservation Internships aim to increase diversity in the field of art conservation. Launched in the fall of 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 across the United States. 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 hundreds to thousands of 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, which revealed art conservation as one of the least diverse areas in the museum field.

Getty Post-Baccalaureate Conservation Internships are offered at the conservation studios and labs at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu, along with Los Angeles museums including 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.

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

Eligibility
Applicants must:

  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident eligible to work in the United States (permanent residents are non-citizens authorized to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis, also known as "green card" holders). Those with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) status valid through the internship period are also eligible.

  • Be a member of a group underrepresented in careers related to art conservation, museums, and visual arts organizations.

  • Have completed a relevant undergraduate degree such as a Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) on or after September 1, 2017.

  • Be committed to a career in conservation and possess a strong desire to attend graduate school to further that goal.

  • Be able to demonstrate adeptness (i.e. hand skills) in conservation.


Terms
Due to the uncertain nature of the ongoing global pandemic, all 2021-22 Post-Baccalaureate Conservation Internships may start remotely. Getty continues to rely on local, state, and national officials to guide our reopening process. If interns are able to start onsite, the first six months of their internship will take place at the Getty Center in Los Angeles or the Getty Villa in Malibu. The second six months will take place at another Los Angeles art museum. During the spring of 2022, interns may enroll in a prerequisite course (chemistry, art history, studio art, and/or foreign language) at Santa Monica College to help fulfill the requirements for their graduate school applications. In addition to support from their supervisors, interns will also have the support of an academic advisor. All positions are full-time for 12 months from September 7, 2021 through August 26, 2022.

The grant amount is $30,000 for 12 months plus $1,000 towards relocation expenses to Los Angeles. The internship includes an additional $2,000 towards educational reimbursements and $1,000 for professional conference attendance. Housing is not provided. Interns are eligible to enroll in Getty's health care plan at a subsidized cost. Please note that grant funds may be subject to federal and state taxes and deductions.

How to Apply
Applicants are required to complete and submit the online Post-Baccalaureate Conservation Internship application form by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on February 22, 2021. Materials received after the deadline will result in an incomplete application.

Application Materials
As part of the application, you will need to prepare the following materials:

1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Current resumes are required for all applicants.

2. Personal Statement: Include a personal statement of no more than 500 words (two typed pages, double-spaced). The personal statement should address both of the following points:
  • The Post-Baccalaureate Conservation Internships encourage greater diversity in professions related to conservation. What interests you most about this program? As part of your response, please elaborate on how representing diverse perspectives is important to you.

  • Please describe aspects of your past academic and/or job experience that you feel are most relevant to this application, as well as your specific interest in pursuing the field of art conservation.


3. Transcript(s): Please include an unofficial copy of your transcript(s). If you transferred, please also include a transcript from your previous college or university.

Please be aware that you may be requested to submit an official transcript(s) later in the evaluation process.

Transcripts from multiple institutions must be combined into a single PDF before upload.

4. Letters of Recommendation (2): Applicants must request two confidential letters of recommendation submitted directly by their recommenders through the application system. Please note that additional letters will not be considered. Letters must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on February 22, 2021. Typically, the most appropriate recommenders are university faculty members who can address your academic performance. Other recommenders may include past or current supervisors in relevant fields who are familiar with your skills and abilities.

To request letters of recommendation, provide the name and contact information of your recommenders in the "Letters of Recommendation" section of the online application. Getty will automatically contact your recommenders via email through the application system. You will be able to monitor your account to confirm that the letters have been submitted.

Internship Preference
Interns will be placed at conservation studios and labs at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu for the first six months of their internships, and then at a local Los Angeles museum for the second six months of the internship. Areas of focus for the internship may include:

  • Ancient art from the Mediterranean
  • American Indian collections and artifacts
  • Conservation science
  • Objects
  • Paintings
  • Sculpture and decorative arts
  • Works on paper and books


Prerequisite Course for Graduate School During the spring of 2022, interns may enroll in a prerequisite course (chemistry, art history, studio art, or foreign language) at Santa Monica College in order to help fulfill requirements for graduate school applications. In addition to the support of their department supervisors, interns will have the support of an academic advisor acting as a resource for the graduate school application process.

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Notification
Due to the large volume of applications received, staff is unable to respond to application-related questions once the deadline has passed. All applicants will be notified of the Getty Foundation's decision in the spring of 2021.

For technical assistance, or if you cannot submit an online application, please contact PostBaccInterns@getty.edu. We are available during normal business hours Pacific Time, and will attempt to respond within two business days.

Please address inquiries to:

PostBaccInterns@getty.edu

Michelle Tenggara, an inaugural Getty Post-Baccalaureate Conservation Intern, assists with the conservation of Vincent van Gogh's Irises under the guidance of Getty associate conservator Devi Ormond. Photo courtesy Michelle Tenggara