AMOCA Multicultural Undergraduate Curatorial Internship

American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA)

Pomona, CA

The Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Curatorial Internship will provide the opportunity to learn about the various stages and aspects of planning, installing and de-installing exhibitions. In addition, the intern will participate in documenting the permanent collection, inventorying and cataloguing loans, database management, and special research assignments. The intern will be trained in object handling techniques and related activities, including packing, art transport, installation and condition reporting.

Description of the work plan for the curatorial internship:

  • AMOCA plans to open a newly-installed gallery to present a selection of its permanent collection.
    • The Curatorial Intern will assist with the permanent collection project. They will learn about conceptualizing an exhibition and exhibition design. He or she will gain firsthand knowledge of the various decisions that a curator must make when planning and installing an exhibition. In addition, he or she will learn how to prepare checklists, title walls, and didactic panels.
    • They will assist in the de-installation of Lineage: Mentorship and Learning exhibition, which includes approximately 100 ceramic objects. The intern will conduct condition reports, remove and pack ceramic artwork, remove vinyl title walls and didactic material, among other tasks.
    • They will assist in the installation of the permanent collection, which will include approximately 125 ceramic objects.
    • They will apply the skills they learned from working on the permanent collection project to curate their own mini-exhibition in our education space. They will determine the theme, select the objects, install the artwork, create labels, and write didactics.
    • The intern will perform routine tasks related to museum-program operations and management.
    • They will gain an understanding of the museum’s organizational structure, governance and financial model.
  • Exhibitions:
    • The intern will work with the Exhibition Manager and the Executive Director during project planning and installation, assisting with loans and exhibition labels.
  • Collection Care:
    • The intern will handle artwork and assist with photography, condition reporting and assessment.
    • The intern will gain an understanding of museum management and governance and professional expectations in the workplace by attending one meeting of the Board of Directors, reviewing the museum’s policies and procedures and organizational structure, and attending weekly staff meetings. The intern will have the opportunity to visit some Inland Empire venues, and other cultural resources in the surrounding area.


Students must:

  • Be of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent;
  • Be currently enrolled undergraduates. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2016. Students graduating in May or June 2016 are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)
  • Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County; and
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.


The internships are full-time (40 hours/week) positions, each with a salary of $4,000, for a consecutive ten-week work period between June and August, 2016.

To Apply

Please email your resume, letter of interest, written sample, and two letters of recommendation to Andrea Rubino at

Deadline to apply: May 06, 2016

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