Graduate Internships

October 02, 2018

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.

Please see the list of internship position areas and host departments participating in 2019—2020 (PDF, 8 pp., 81kb).

Eligibility
Internships are open to students of all nationalities. 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.
    or 
  • 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, 2016, with postgraduate activities in their field, paid or unpaid.

Terms
Internships are located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles or the Getty Villa in Malibu. All positions are full-time for twelve months from September 9, 2019, to September 4, 2020.

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

Intern and Trainee Visa Categories
In order to participate in a Getty internship program, foreign nationals must enter the U.S. with a J-1 visa in the Intern or Trainee category or must be in compliance with the U.S. Department of State Requirements of the F-1 Visa Program. Students who are in F1 status when submitting a Getty internship application but who will have completed their studies (received their U.S. degree) before the start of the Getty internship, must allow for sufficient time outside the U.S. before applying for a J1 visa. 

Detailed information on visa categories, timing, and requirements is available from the Getty's Office of Scholars, Interns, and Professionals (OSIP). OSIP provides centralized administrative assistance, including support for the visa process, to Getty Trust grant recipients such as graduate interns, before and during their residence at the Getty.

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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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. 
     
  5. F-1 visa holders are required to submit copy of their I-20 form and proof that they will have enough OPT or CPT time to finish the Getty internship, if selected.

Begin a New Application 
For the best user experience, we strongly recommend use of the Google Chrome browser. You may also use Firefox or Safari. The Internet Explorer (IE) browser is not compatible with our portal.

Create or update your account and password, log in, and begin a new application.

You may return to your work at any time by visiting the portal at the link above and logging into your account.
 

Notification

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 2019. All applicants will be notified of the Getty Foundation's decision in the spring of 2019.

For technical assistance, or if you cannot submit an online application, please contact [email protected]. We are available during normal business hours Pacific Time, and will attempt to respond within two business days.

Please address inquiries to:

Phone: (310) 440-7320
E-mail: [email protected]