Curatorial Programs Intern

18th Street Arts Center

Los Angeles, CA


The 2018 Getty Curatorial Programs Intern will assist 18th Street Arts Center staff in administering our international artist residency program in Santa Monica, working directly with six or more visiting artists between July-August 2018 as well as with our 15 local studio artists in residence and with our spring and summer Artist Lab residents. The intern will assist in outreach and planning for a series of public events related to the summer Artist Lab Residency of New York-based artist Kenneth Tam. The intern will undertake research into 18th Street’s archives and history in preparation for our upcoming 30th anniversary catalogue to be published in 2019. They will assist with exhibitions in our Atrium Gallery and Project Space and create a written or video profile of a visiting artist or curator in residence during the internship.

From June-September 2018, Kenneth Tam will use the Artist Lab Residency to present a new multi-channel video work involving participants gathered from online postings. The intern will support Tam and 18SAC staff in presenting regular screenings of edited footage, shot earlier in the spring, at public events at local recreation areas including nearby Virginia Avenue Park, and in developing an exhibition in 18SAC’s Main Gallery. The screening events are likely to include participatory activities drawn from the video shoot, which the intern will help facilitate.

In anticipation of a catalogue documenting the first 30 years of 18th Street’s history with scholarly essays and archival documentation, the intern will undertake research into our on-site archives and create a proposed framework and outline for this publication. Local and international curators and writers will be invited to address specific aspects of our history based on the framework generated through the intern’s research. Additionally, the intern will assist with exhibitions in the Atrium Gallery and Project Space, and support international visiting artists with studio activities as well as local transportation and artistic research as needed.

Throughout, the intern will gain valuable professional experience working closely with artists and seasoned arts administrators in a mentoring environment. 18SAC artists are involved in a wide range of cultural production to which the intern will be exposed, gaining insight into the workings of small arts non-profits, residency programs, public practice and performance art, community-based outreach, and event production. The intern will be supervised by the Artistic Director Anuradha Vikram, and the Community Programs Specialist, Betty Marin.



9am - 5pm M-F with 1-hour lunch break; occasional evenings and weekends required. Students must work for a full consecutive 10 weeks between June and August 2017.



$5,500 stipend for consecutive 10 weeks between June and August 2017.



Excellent writing and visual communications skills. Strong attention to detail. Excellent organizational skills and follow-up skills. Quick to learn new skills and take direction well. Passion for provoking public engagement and talking to community members. Spanish fluency a plus but not a requirement.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

  • Be of an ethnic 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. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2018. Students graduating in May or June 2018 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.



  • Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject: Getty MUI Intern 2018.
  • Include 1-2 representative writing samples (could be blog posts, school papers, newspaper articles, or creative writing). These can be supplied as links.
  • Please include contacts for 3 current professional or academic references.

Deadline to apply is Monday, April 16 by 5pm.

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