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Aiming to encourage greater diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, the Getty Foundation created the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program in Los Angeles to support substantive, full-time summer work opportunities for students from cultural backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented in the arts. Since the program's founding in 1993, 150 local arts institutions, as well as the Getty Center and the Getty Villa, have hosted 3,000 interns, exposing these individuals to career possibilities in the arts. The internships are intended for currently enrolled undergraduates and recent graduates residing or attending college in Los Angeles County who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and visual arts organizations: including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent. Internships should be designed to offer eligible students experience in key areas such as curatorial work, conservation, education, publications, and related programmatic activities.

Organizations must be:
  • A museum or visual arts organization; and
  • Located in Los Angeles County; and
  • A nonprofit as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code.

Eligible organizations may request support for one to three full-time internship positions, each with a stipend of $4,000, for a consecutive ten-week work period between June and August. Organizations will receive an additional $500 per internship to assist with administrative costs. Large organizations requesting more than one intern are encouraged to provide at least one position in a curatorial or conservation department. Organizations receiving grants will be responsible for recruiting eligible interns.

How To Apply
The application deadline for summer 2015 has passed. Application instructions for 2016 will be posted this fall.

Please address inquiries to:

Attn: Multicultural Undergraduate Internships, Grants to Organizations
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685

Phone: (310) 440-7320
Fax (inquiries only): (310) 440-7703

Please note:
Los Angeles County Internship Grants for Performing and Literary Arts Organizations
Through a related program, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission offers grants to performing and literary arts organizations in Los Angeles County for undergraduate summer internships. Application forms and information about these grants are available online at or by calling (213) 202-5858.