Getty Foundation Graduate Internships, California

Deadline: 3 December 2012
Open to: Students currently enrolled in a graduate program in a field relevant to the internship, or individuals who have completed a relevant graduate degree on or after 1 January 2010
Remuneration: $17,400 for eight months and $26,000 for twelve months, plus health benefits


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

Please see the list of internship areas and host departments participating in 2013—2014 (PDF).

Internships are located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles or the Getty Villa in Malibu. All positions are full-time beginning September 9, 2013. Most internships are for eight months, ending May 16, 2013. Conservation internships are twelve months, ending September 5, 2014. Grant amounts are $17,400 for eight months and $26,000 for twelve months. Support for research travel is available for up to $2,500. The grant includes health benefits, but housing and relocation funds are not provided.


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

  • Students currently enrolled in a graduate program leading to an advanced degree in a field relevant to the internship(s) for which they are applying, or
  • Individuals who have completed a relevant graduate degree on or after January 1, 2010, with postgraduate activities in their field, paid or unpaid.


Part 1: Online Application. Complete and submit the online portion of your application below (this step includes uploading a Personal Statement and Supplemental Applicant Information form) by 5 p.m. PST, December 3, 2012. Please note that since the graduate intern application’s annual deadline of December 1 falls on a Saturday we have moved the deadline in 2012 only to Monday, December 3.

Part 2: Academic records via mail. Transcripts must be received in the Foundation office on or before December 3, 2012. Materials received after this date will result in an incomplete application. They cannot accept applications hand-delivered to the Getty Center or those sent by e-mail or fax. Application materials cannot be returned.

  • If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program, provide proof of current enrollment (for example, your most recent academic records and official transcripts).
  • If you have attended schools outside of the United States, provide proof of completed courses and official copies of diplomas for all academic education completed following high school.
  • If your college/university provides official transcripts electronically, please request that they be sent to: [email protected]
  • If you have attended schools in the United States, provide official transcripts for each school attended (both undergraduate and graduate).

Mail Part 2 materials to:
Attn: Graduate Internship Program
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685

Part 3: Recommendation letters via e-mail. Applicants must have two confidential letters of recommendation forwarded by their recommenders via e-mail to [email protected] Letters must be received no later than 5 p.m. PST December 3, 2012. Recommenders should attach a scanned original letter to the e-mail. In all cases, letters of recommendation must come directly from the recommender’s institutional e-mail account and must clearly indicate the applicant’s name (last name, first name) in the subject line and the recommender’s name and title.

Typically, the most appropriate recommenders are university faculty members who can address your academic performance. Other recommenders may include past or current employers of relevant work who are familiar with your skills and abilities.

Online Portion of Application: Applicants must have access to a Web browser that allows cookies.

To Begin a New Application: Log in and begin a new application HERE. Note: Each time you log in here you will open a new application. To complete an application you have already begun, click on the link below.)

Return to an Application in Progress: Log in, review your account page, and continue an application you have already started and saved.

Please address inquiries to:

Attn: Graduate Internship Program
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685
U.S.A.Phone: (310) 440-7320
Fax (inquiries only): (310) 440-7703
E-mail: [email protected]

For more information, consult the original call for applications HERE.

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