Paid Internship in Special Collections Cataloging at the Getty Research Institute

The Getty Graduate Internship Program

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 and Getty Digital—to graduate students who intend to pursue careers in the visual arts. Training and work experience placements are typically available in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, publications, information management, public programs, digital projects, and grantmaking. To learn more about the Graduate Intern experience, follow the #GettyGrad conversation on Facebook. All positions are full-time for twelve months from September 13, 2021 to September 9, 2022.

Internship in 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 

Internships are open to students of all nationalities. Individuals from groups underrepresented across the fields of library and archival science, art history, conservation, and museums are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be:

  • Students currently enrolled in a graduate program (MLIS, Master of Arts (M.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), graduate conservation certificate, or their equivalents for international applicants) in a field relevant to the internship(s) for which they are applying; or,
  • Individuals who have completed a relevant graduate degree (MLIS, Master of Arts (M.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), graduate conservation certificate, or their equivalents for international applicants) on or after January 1, 2018, with postgraduate activities in their field, paid or unpaid.

The grant amount is $35,000 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. Please see important information about the terms of these grants here.

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