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Los Angeles Area Museums and Visual Arts Organizations Now Seeking Multicultural Undergraduates for Summer Internships

April 1, 1999

Los Angeles, CA -- The Getty Grant Program has just awarded $530,000 in grants to 78 local museums and visual arts organizations to provide paid summer internships to 156 college students of diverse cultural backgrounds.  Local institutions participating in the program include the Japanese American National Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Black Photographers of California, Inner City Arts, and Self-Help Graphics and Arts.  The organizations will be responsible for recruiting eligible interns who will receive $3,000 each for a ten-week internship.  The interns will gain work experience in areas such as exhibitions, publications, education, and conservation, allowing them to explore a broad range of professions in the visual arts field.

Participating institutions (see attached list) are now seeking outstanding students who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in professions related to museums and the visual arts: students of African American, Asian American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent.  Candidates are being sought from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.  To be eligible, candidates must be currently enrolled undergraduates who either reside or attend college in the Los Angeles area, will have completed at least one semester of college by June 1999, and will not graduate before December 1999.  Interested students should apply directly to the recipient organizations of their choice.  A list of these organizations, as well as information about the program, is available online at

Since the Multicultural Internship Grants were initiated in 1993, the Getty Grant Program has awarded over $2.5 million to provide over 750 multicultural college students with summer jobs.  The goal of the internships is to introduce these students to career possibilities in museums and visual arts organizations.  The interns contribute significantly to the institutions where they work, providing them with critical programmatic support and fresh perspectives.

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