Metro Art & Design

Los Angeles, CA


Metro’s Arts & Design program is seeking highly motivated and qualified prospective graduate or undergraduate interns with an interest in art, design and public service. Metro believes that the inclusion of art and artists in the design and operation of our system, enhances the transit environment, enlivens the public realm and contributes to a sense of place. Metro’s Arts & Design program engages artists, designers, cultural providers and community in a variety of permanent and temporary artwork experiences throughout the Metro system. For more information about Metro Art & Design and the Metro system visit


Basic Function

The Metro Internship Program (MIP) offers undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, United States military veterans who were recently, honorably discharged and their spouses, and current members of a United States military reserve (Veterans), an opportunity to gain practical work experience through a paid internship, related to their academic field of study. MIP provides an opportunity for students to learn about the transportation industry while applying classroom theories and concepts to "real-world" work situations at the nation's third largest public transportation agency. The type(s) of internship opportunities offered to college interns may include but are not limited to: administration, architectural design, CAD, engineering, government relations, graphic design, human resources, marketing research, media relations, training and urban planning. MIP intern assignments are reviewed every six months by the hiring department and an intern has an opportunity to work up to a maximum of two years in his/her assignment.           


Examples of Arts & Design Intern Duties 

  • Assist in development and implementation of program guidelines, strategies and policies
  • Assist in collections management and conservation maintenance of artworks in the Metro system
  • Research and survey national policy issues; produce summary assessments and literature reviews
  • Assist with inquiries and distribute promotional materials
  • Support managers on selection panels
  • Support managers on community engagement efforts
  • Research art/architecture materials and fabrication/construction processes
  • Maintain and further develop databases
  • Assist in general departmental activities

Desired Knowledge

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Business and design computer software applications
  • Contemporary art and culture
  • Architecture
  • Signage, environmental graphic design
  • Public policy
  • Art conservation
  • Arts marketing
  • Archiving



  • Self-starter who takes initiative
  • Prepare reports and correspondence
  • Research and compile data for reports and inquiries
  • Operate computers and general office equipment
  • Analyze situations and identify problems
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Interact professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English (Bilingual fluency is a plus)
  • Photography and photo editing
  • Social media content development and posting
  • Project support and production


Requirements for Employment

To qualify for the Metro Internship Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

College Students:

  • Officially be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum of 6 units for a graduate program and 12 units for an undergraduate program.
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for those enrolled in a graduate program and 2.5 for those enrolled in an undergraduate program.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or a legal resident and eligible to work in this country as determined by the U.S. Immigration Laws and the Department of Homeland Security.

Veterans and their spouses that are college students are also encouraged to apply:

  • Each potential Veteran intern must submit an Honorable Discharge certificate, or paperwork indicating his/her status as a current member of a United States military reserve.
  • Each potential Veteran intern must enroll in college within three months of hire, and meet all other Administrative Intern criteria to maintain eligibility for employment.



Undergraduate: $14.00/hour; Graduate: $16.50/hour


HOW To Apply

Interested students should e-mail a resume, one-page letter of interest and contact information for 2-3 references to Angelica Monreal, Communications Assistant, at [email protected]

Materials will be accepted until position(s) are filled.


Other Information

An internship at Metro is a paid work assignment. The program does not guarantee full time employment with the agency. Metro does not provide benefits such as vacation, holiday or overtime pay for interns. All interns must adhere to Metro's dress code and observe all safety rules and regulations. All prospective interns are subject to Metro's pre-employment screenings and subject to a criminal background check.

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