The Getty Graduate Internship Program
Graduate Internships are offered in the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust—the Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Foundation—and in Getty Publications and Getty Digital to graduate students who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. Placements are typically available in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, publications, web and new media, public programs, digital projects, and grantmaking.
Internship in Special Collections Cataloging
The Graduate Intern in Special Collections Cataloging will gain hands-on experience 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, a recently established collecting area in support of the Getty’s African American Art History Initiative. Primary responsibilities will include processing and cataloging special collections, with specific projects assigned according to the intern’s skills and interests. Tasks will include writing finding aids, maintaining processing plans, and creating collection-level and item-level catalog records. Additional projects may include team-based processing activities; creating metadata for digital assets; collections management activities and legacy data cleanup work; and creating records in SNAC (Social Networks and Archival Context) to account for persons, families, and organizations in the Getty Library’s archival holdings.
Internships are open to students of all nationalities. Individuals from groups underrepresented across the fields of art history, conservation, and museums are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be:
Students currently enrolled in a graduate program (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.
Individuals who have completed a relevant graduate degree (Master of Arts (M.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), graduate conservation certificate, or their equivalents for international applicants) on or after January 1, 2020, with postgraduate activities in their field, paid or unpaid.
The Special Collections Cataloging graduate internship is located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. All positions are full-time for 12 months from September 11, 2023 through August 30, 2024.
The grant amount is $47,500 for twelve months, plus $1,500 towards relocation expenses if the intern is coming from outside the Los Angeles area. 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.
Getty requires COVID-19 vaccination for all staff, including Getty Graduate Interns. Limited exceptions may be granted for medical reasons, disability, or sincerely held religious beliefs. If an intern wishes to request an exception, that must be done within seven (7) calendar days of the first day of the internship.
How to Apply
Applications are due by 5:00p.m. Pacific Time on November 1, 2022. 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.
Please address inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For complete details and to apply, please visit: https://www.getty.edu/projects/graduate-internships/