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Exhibition and Communication Intern | 2017 Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program
Pasadena Museum of California Art

Pasadena, CA

Exhibition and Communication Intern | 2017 Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program

Since 1993, the Getty Foundation's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program has provided substantive, full-time work opportunities to 3,000 undergraduates, exposing them to potential careers in the arts. Aiming to encourage greater diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, the program provides funding for internships at cultural organizations across Los Angeles, including at the PMCA. The internships are intended specifically for outstanding students who are members of groups currently underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.


Under the guidance of the PMCA Director of Exhibitions and Director of Communication, the Exhibition & Communication Intern will assist with day-to-day exhibition, educational programming, and communication tasks at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Located in the heart of Pasadena’s Playhouse District, the PMCA presents rotating exhibitions-historical and contemporary-that reflect the vibrancy and breadth of California art and design.

The intern will learn about the essential components involved in managing an exhibition and developing related educational programming as well as connecting audiences to the institution through communication, marketing, and public relations. The intern’s duties and responsibilities will involve participating in the various stages of exhibition and program development, from research to planning and execution, for current and upcoming exhibitions. The position will also entail the development and execution of communication initiatives, which will steward a better understanding of California art among the Museum’s current and potential audiences. Responsibilities will include assistance in outreach efforts to secure community partners and communication with the public through both online (e-blasts, social media networks, blogs, PMCA website) and offline (print materials, event production) efforts.

The Exhibition and Communication Intern’s work will focus on exhibition-related activities, educational programs, and the promotion of these efforts with the surrounding region and larger arts community.

Ideal Qualifications 

Candidates are versed in Mac OS and Microsoft Office, and have experience with Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign and social media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram). Candidates must have excellent verbal, written, and listening skills; a good sense of humor and a positive attitude; and impeccable attention to detail.

Eligibility Criteria

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 undergraduates; have completed at least one semester of college by June 2017; reside or attend college in Los Angeles County; and be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Students graduating in May or June 2017 are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)


This is a full-time (40 hours/week), consecutive, 10-week-long internship, with a salary of $5,000. Earliest start-date is June 5 and must conclude no later than August 25, 2017.

How to Apply

Please email your résumé, a one-page cover letter detailing your qualifications/eligibility, two recommendation letters, and two references in a single PDF to PMCA Director of Communication Brianna Smyk; in an email titled GETTY MUI APPLICATION: [FIRST NAME][LAST NAME].

Interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Applications accepted through May 3, 2017

Contact:Brianna Smyk
Phone:626.568.3665 x13
Addressee:Brianna Smyk
Address: 490 E. Union

Deadline: 05-05-2017

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