Getty Marrow Undergraduate Curatorial Internship

American Museum of Ceramic Art 

Pomona, CA

Position Description 

Reports to: Executive Director and Education Manager 

40 hours per week/10 weeks 

$15 per hour 

About the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) 

AMOCA’s mission is to champion the art, history, creation, and technology of ceramics  through exhibitions, collections, outreach, and studio programming. 

Founded in 2001 and opened in September 2004, AMOCA is the largest museum in  the United States devoted exclusively to ceramic art and historic innovations in ceramic  technology. A nonprofit organization, AMOCA’s volunteer board of directors is  responsible for policy, direction, and appointing the executive director. Its permanent  collection includes more than 10,000 works. The Museum’s 51,000 square foot facility supports exhibitions, collections, a museum store, offices, educational areas, and a  ceramics studio.  

AMOCA is located in a downtown district where art is an important element of a  continuing and successful community revitalization program. The City of Pomona has a  rich diversity and boasts a large academic constituency with The Claremont Colleges,  the University of La Verne, Western University of Health Sciences, and California State  Polytechnic University, Pomona, all within a five-mile radius. The Museum is located 35  miles east of downtown Los Angeles. 

Essential Tasks 

The American Museum of Ceramic Art’s Curatorial/Interpretation Internship will offer  broad exposure to the museum field. The Intern will learn how to plan, install and de install exhibitions, research and write interpretive labels, learn object handling  techniques, and document, inventory and catalog loans. The intern’s projects will  include working on “Don Reitz: This is Not a Dress Rehearsal”, “Mind + Matter: Bay  Area Artists”, and research for “Breaking Ground: Women in California Clay” opening  in 2022.

The Intern will gain skills in object-based education techniques, arts administration  skills, and best practices in public engagement. The Intern will spend approximately  75% of their internship on curatorial projects and 25% on educational and interpretation  work. The intern will participate in developing educational programs, field guides,  hands-on activities, and interpretive didactic materials. The intern will participate in  delivering public programs and exhibition tours as well as weekly staff meetings. 

The intern will work a combination of onsite and virtually - based on LA County health  regulations during the internship period. Currently all staff are working onsite. The  internship must be completed between June 7 - August 27, 2020. 

Eligibility Criteria for Intern Candidates 

Internships are intended for members of groups underrepresented in professions related to museums and the visual arts, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent. Intern candidates can be sought from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts. In addition, each intern candidate must meet the following eligibility criteria: (1) s/he must be a currently enrolled undergraduate and have completed at least one semester of college by June 2021; and (2) s/he must be a resident of or attend college in Los Angeles County. Please note that students who have previously served as Getty Marrow Undergraduate summer interns at your organization are not eligible for consideration. Finally, staff members and relatives of staff or board members are not eligible. 

Please send a letter of interest and resume to: 

[email protected] no later than April 26, 2021.

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