Getty Graduate Internships (Application: Fall 2017)

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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, as well as in Getty Publications—to graduate students who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. Training and work experience placements are available in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, publications, information management, public programs, and grantmaking.

Here are just some of the positions that may be of interest to the core audience of

Communications and Public Affairs

The Museum’s Department of Public Affairs offers a rare opportunity for an intern to gain hands-on experience in 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 push content; help refine mailing lists for exhibition openings; plan small and large-scale events; and assist with other activities as time permits. The internship will provide a rich learning experience of how the Department of Public Affairs supports the daily operations of the Museum.


Antiquities Conservation (Getty Villa)

The department of Antiquities Conservation is responsible for the care of the Museum’s collection of ancient material housed at the Getty Villa. It is also responsible for the safe transport and exhibition of loans given to the dynamic special exhibitions program at the Getty Villa. As part of the conservation team, the Antiquities Conservation intern treats and researches a wide variety of ancient artifacts including those made of metal, stone, ceramics and organic materials. The intern assists in the technical evaluation and analytical study of ancient artifacts in the permanent collection or on special loan. Additionally, the intern is expected to be part of a multidisciplinary team working on collaborative projects with many of the Museum’s partners worldwide. Daily responsibilities include assisting in the environmental monitoring of exhibition spaces; exhibition installation/planning, materials and technology research and planning and implementation of packing and storage, working with mount making team and documentation of both treatments and research projects. The intern is also encouraged to pursue research in an area of particular interest to them.

Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation

The Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation intern will engage in conservation treatments and technical studies of a diverse range of objects in the Museum’s collections. Treatment projects may involve works of European sculpture in stone or bronze, European furniture, or outdoor modern sculpture in bronze or steel. In-depth technical studies of collection objects will allow opportunities for the intern to take full advantage of the Getty’s extensive analytical and research resources. Depending on the interests of the intern, a research project leading to publication will be encouraged. The intern will also participate in exhibition installation and de-installation, as well as preventive conservation activities.

Paintings Conservation

The 2018-2019 graduate intern will have several important treatments to complete, covering a variety of conservation problems. Treatments may include paintings from the permanent collection, as well as ongoing projects from other institutions. The intern will also be actively involved in the department’s analysis of paintings in the collection, and will work closely with the conservation scientists at the Getty Conservation Institute in this regards. X-radiography, infrared reflectography, and micro-photography techniques will all be included as part of the training. The intern will also assist with daily routine care of the collection, including inspection and treatment of ongoing or incoming loans from the collection, and monitoring environmental conditions in the galleries.



The Manuscripts Department intern will be assigned a variety of responsibilities, both administrative and research-oriented, that highlight the different facets of curatorial work. The intern will undertake tasks that enable him/her to become familiar with the collection, understand fundamental aspects of a curatorial department, and learn about organizing exhibitions both large and small. The intern will have the chance to work with members of the department on a future exhibition for the department.


The intern in the Department of Photographs will assist the curatorial staff on one or more exhibitions scheduled for 2018-2019, including projects related to American and European photography. S/he will conduct research on the permanent collection, catalogue works for display, write label copy, and assist with logistics related to the organization of exhibitions and publications. In addition, the intern will work on acquisition proposals and collections management, and will staff the department’s study room one day a week. S/he may also participate in social media requests that relate to the department. Candidates must possess attention to detail, good organizational skills, an ability to multitask, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Art handling and TMS training will be provided, but previous experience is preferred.

Prints and Drawings

The intern in the Curatorial Department will assist with an exhibition dedicated to the recent major acquisition of prints and drawings by German artist Käthe Kollwitz, as well as works by Max Klinger, Ludwig Meidner, and others in Kollwitz’s orbit. The intern will gain hands-on experience with original objects, participate in all aspects of research and planning for the exhibition, and develop and maintain critical research files. The intern will also assist in the planning of a large scholarly volume, which will include new scholarship and translation of foundational work published in German. Working closely with the prints and drawings curator and other Getty staff, the ideal candidate will be a specialist of Modern art history, with fluency in German.

Education (Getty Villa, School Programs)

This internship will focus on a project to iterate and evaluate a unique in-gallery experience with the K12 audience based on foundational concepts of play-based learning. In the course of the internship, training will be provided in museum best practices in gallery teaching, with a goal of supporting students as they learn to explore and think critically about the collection through a personally engaging, immersive experience. S/he will attend meetings with staff that cover a broad range of logistical, theoretical, and professional development activities and discussions, including department meetings and school communities team meetings where s/he will be expected to actively participate, thus learning the processes by which programs are developed and implemented. The intern will also be able to learn about other program offerings of School Communities, such as developing new offerings in the single visit program and docent training, as well as daily operations of school programs, providing solid experience in the area of school programs, a central part of any museum education department. The intern will work closely with departmental staff and will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a pilot program. Experience working with K12 students in an informal learning environment is a plus.

Please see the list of internship position areas and host departments participating in 2018—2019 (PDF, 8 pp., 81kb).


Internships are open to students of all nationalities. Applicants must be:

  • Students currently enrolled in a graduate program (Masters or Doctorate) in a field relevant to the internship(s) for which they are applying.


  • Individuals who have completed a relevant graduate degree on or after January 1, 2015, 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 10, 2018. Most internships are for eight months, ending May 17, 2019. Conservation and Publications internships are for twelve months, ending September 6, 2019.

Grant amounts are $20,000 for eight months and $30,000 for twelve months, plus $1,000 towards relocation expenses. Housing is not provided. Support for research travel is available for up to $2,500. Graduate Interns are eligible to enroll in the Getty’s health care plan. Please note that grant funds may be subject to federal and state taxes and deductions. Additional information about the terms of these grants is available here.

How To Apply

Applicants are required to complete and submit the online Graduate Internship application form by 5:00p.m. Pacific Time on November 1, 2017. Materials received after the deadline will result in an incomplete application. We cannot accept applications hand-delivered to the Getty Center or those sent by e-mail or fax.

Application Materials

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

  1. Personal Statement: Your Personal Statement should consist of no more than 500 words (two double-spaced pages) that explain how your Getty internship selections (choose two in order of preference) fit with your background and career goals. Include the reasons for your choice of specific departments or programs for an internship. Also describe what you hope to achieve from the experience and what you believe you can contribute.
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Current resumes are required for all applicants. Please limit resumes to five pages.
  3. Transcript(s)/Academic Records: We require transcripts/academic records for undergraduate degree/s (completed) and graduate degree/s (completed or in progress). Multiple transcripts must be combined into a single PDF before upload. Please be aware that we may request hardcopies of official transcripts/academic records at a later date in the evaluation process.
    If you graduated from a school outside of the United States, transcripts may be substituted with proof of completed courses and/or copies of diploma(s).
    If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program, provide proof of current enrollment (for example, your most recent transcript or academic record).
  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 5:00p.m. Pacific Time on November 1, 2017. Typically, the most appropriate recommenders are university faculty members who can address your academic performance. Other recommenders may include past or current employers 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. The 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.

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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 January 2018. All applicants will be notified of the Getty Foundation’s decision in the spring of 2018.

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