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Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship 2023

Paid summer internships at museums and visual arts organizations in LA for college students from backgrounds underrepresented in the arts.

Since 1993, the Getty Foundation has dedicated upwards of $14 million to support over 3,500 internships at 175 local arts institutions, including Getty. The program has also inspired a public-private partnership between Getty and the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, which followed the Foundation’s lead in 2000 by starting a parallel program of undergraduate internships focused on the performing and literary arts. Together, this alliance forms the largest paid arts internship program in the country. Originally titled the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program, the program was renamed in 2018 to honor its founder and long-time Getty Foundation director Deborah Marrow. 

The goal of the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship program is to diversify the staff of museums and visual arts organizations in LA County to better reflect the communities they serve. This is an imperative in a region that has long enjoyed a majority-minority population.

The program offers paid internships in core areas of museum work such as curatorship, conservation, education, publications, and public programming. No prior work experience or educational background in the arts is required.

These internships are intended for students from backgrounds underrepresented in museums and visual arts professions. Candidates are sought from all areas of undergraduate study at any higher education institution—community college, trade school, and public and private university—and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.

Applicants must:
  • Be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent.
  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate in either a bachelor’s degree program or an associate’s degree program. Students must have completed at least one semester or two quarters of college by June. Students who graduated the semester or quarter immediately before the internship begins are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)
  • Reside or attend college in LA County; and
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident (non-citizen authorized to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis; also known as a "green card" holder). Students with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) status valid through the internship period are also eligible.

Note: Students can participate in the program multiple times but must intern at a different organization each summer.
Summer positions are available each year at Getty (the Getty Center in Brentwood and Getty Villa in Malibu) and at over 50 LA-area museums and visual arts organizations.

Internships provide stipends of $6,400 for 10-week summer internships at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and Getty Villa in Malibu, California. The internships are full time from June 12, 2023 through August 18, 2023. An alternative schedule (June 19 – August 25) will be offered to those students enrolled at institutions with conflicting academic schedules. If your school schedule conflicts with these dates, please email

There are two mandatory educational components of the internship: an Arts Summit and two Learning Community events.

Getty requires COVID-19 vaccination for staff, including Getty Marrow Undergraduate Interns. Limited exceptions may be granted for reasons of medical, 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.

Health insurance, housing, and transportation are not provided.
How To Apply:
Applicants are required to complete and submit the online Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internships application form (which includes uploading a Personal Statement, Transcript(s), and Letters of Recommendation) by 5:00p.m. Pacific Standard Time on February 1, 2023. 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 email or fax.

Application Materials
As part of the application, you will need to prepare the following materials:
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement of no more than 500 words (2 typed pages, double-spaced). The personal statement should address both of the following points:
  1. The Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship program encourages greater diversity in professions related to museums and the visual arts. What interests you most about this program? As part of your response, please elaborate on how representing diverse perspectives is important to you.
  2. Please describe aspects of your past academic and/or job experience that you feel are most relevant to this application, as well as any specific future career or educational avenues you are interested in exploring.
  • Transcript(s): Please upload an up-to-date copy of your transcript(s). Transcript(s) must record at least one semester or one quarter of college/university by the time of the application. College/university here refers to bachelor's degree program or associate's degree program below the baccalaureate level. If you have transferred in the past year, you must also include a transcript from your previous college/university. 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). Multiple transcripts must be combined into a single PDF before upload. Please be aware that we may request hardcopies of official transcript(s) later in the evaluation process.
  • Letters of Recommendation (2): Applicants must have 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 Standard Time on February 1, 2023. Typically, the most appropriate recommenders are college/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. 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. Recommenders should be sure to state how long they have known the applicant and in what capacity. We particularly appreciate comments on the applicant's abilities in the following areas: academic performance, research and writing skills, curiosity and ability to take initiative, interpersonal skills, and dependability. We appreciate you ranking the applicant on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being below average and 5 being excellent. Recommenders will be automatically contacted via email through the application system.
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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 interviews in early April. Please note that should your application be successful, you will only receive one internship offer. All applicants will be notified of the Getty Foundation's decision in May.

For technical assistance, or if you cannot submit an online application, please contact 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