Graduate Student Internship

Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Arts Commission 

Civic Art Collections Internship

Project Period: For graduate students on the semester schedule (e.g., USC), summer semester (May 18, 2016 – August 9, 2016). For students on the quarter schedule (e.g., UCLA), spring quarter (March 23, 2016 – June 10, 2016) with the option to stay on for an additional quarter.

Hours: 15-20 hours a week. This position is part time and can be tailored around school schedules.

Pay Rate: Unpaid (academic credit TBD by each university’s internship program)

Location: Arts Commission, 1055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 800, Los Angeles 90017. The Arts Commission is located in downtown LA just west of the 110 Freeway, a few blocks from a Metro Red Line station. Parking is provided if the candidate has his or her own vehicle. 

Internship Description: The Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program is seeking interest from graduate students wanting an introduction to public art, arts administration and County government. Under the supervision of the Collections Manager and Registrar, this opportunity provides meaningful on-the-job training in collections management practices for civic artworks in the largest county in the U.S.   

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Research artists and artworks that may be accessioned into the County collection
  • Inventory and describe archival materials related to civic artworks in the County collection
  • Data processing support for ingest and retrieval in a collections management database (EmbARK) and provenance database (Microsoft Access)

Qualifications: Interested candidates must be enrolled in an accredited graduate college. Arts background or major is not required but students in Museum Studies, Library and Information Science, Fine Arts, Arts Management, Public Art, or Arts Administration programs will be weighted favorably. All applicants should be interested in gaining experience in the arts or arts administration, community engagement and public sector work.

Organization Description: The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County, encompassing 88 municipalities, including funding and job opportunities, professional development and general resources through the following programs: Arts Education, Civic Art, Ford Theatres, Free Concerts in Public Sites and Musicians Roster, Grants and Professional Development, LA County Holiday Celebration, Internships. 

In 2004, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the Civic Art Policy, which allocates one percent of County capital projects to civic art. The policy allows for integrated permanent public art enhancements, temporary art commissions, restoration of historic artworks and the creation of cultural spaces or activities. The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is responsible for the administration of the civic art policy and the management of the County civic art collection. This internship will be situated within the Civic Art Program.

Required Skills: This position requires a person with exceptional organizational, research, writing and communication skills. Basic computer skills, such as Word and Excel, will be necessary for material creation and project tracking. Experience with relational databases is preferred but not required.

How To Apply: Interested students should send a resume, cover letter and two references to the email address or mailing address below:

Civic Art Program
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
1055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone: (213) 202-5858

Questions? Please email:

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