Getty Foundation Graduate Internship 2020-21 in USA
  • Paid
  • Los Angeles and Malibu

Applications are now being accepted for graduate internships in visual arts by the Getty Foundation!

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 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.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. Through the collective and individual work of its constituent programs—the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute—the Getty pursues its mission in Los Angeles and throughout the world, serving both the general interested public and a wide range of professional communities in order to promote a vital civil society through an understanding of the visual arts.

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, it strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty Programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect.

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 14, 2020, to September 10, 2021.


United States


The interns are provided with the following benefits.

  • The grant amount is $30,000 for twelve months, plus $1,000 towards relocation expenses.
  • Support for research travel is available for up to $2,500.
  • Graduate Interns are eligible to enroll in the Getty’s health care plan.


The applicants are required to meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • Internships are open to students of all nationalities.
  • 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, 2017, with postgraduate activities in their field, paid or unpaid.
  • 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.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

Apply online through the given link. Materials received after the deadline will result in an incomplete application. Required documents for a complete application are given below.

  1. Personal Statement: The applicant’s Personal Statement should consist of no more than 500 words (two double-spaced pages) that explain how his/her Getty internship selections (choose two in order of preference) fit with his/her background and career goals.
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Current resumes are required for all applicants. Please limit resumes to five pages.
  3. Transcript(s)/Academic Records: Transcripts/academic records for undergraduate degree/s (completed) and graduate degree/s (completed or in progress) are required. Multiple transcripts must be combined into a single PDF before upload.
  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.
    To request letters of recommendation, provide the name and contact information of the recommenders in the “Letters of Recommendation” section of the online application.
  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.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2019

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