Call for Applications: Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internships at CSRC

In summer 2021, the CSRC will host two paid internships structured around current and ongoing CSRC projects. In addition to contributing to the CSRC’s mission to provide information resources on Chicano history and culture, the interns will gain career-relevant experience. To apply for either internship, please send a resume, cover letter, and two professional or educational references to the contacts noted below. For more details about the Getty Marrow Internship program, visit the Getty website.
Students must:
  • Be of a 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 (bachelor's degree program, associate's degree program, or a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate level). Students must have completed at least one semester or two quarters of college by June 2021. Students who graduated after April 1, 2021, 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 (non-citizen authorized to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis; also known as a "green card" holder). Students with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) status valid through the internship period are also eligible.
Due to the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19, students who graduated after April 1, 2020, will also be eligible to apply for summer 2021.

The internships are full-time (40 hours/week) positions, each with a stipend of $6,000, for a consecutive ten-week work period between June and August 2021.
Getty Marrow Preservation and Research Internship
This internship will focus on the role research and preservation play in access, outreach, and user engagement in the digital realm. The internship will introduce the intern to archival principles and theory (10%), processing of art archives and cultural heritage collections (20%), digital preservation and access (40%), research and description for art objects (20%), and other museum activities that the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center performs daily to manage and provide access to their art collections (10%). The intern will be working specifically on a project to create an online portal for the CSRC’s art and artist collections, which includes over thirty collections whose subjects range from artists like Gronk and Cyclona to art organizations like Self-Help Graphics and Mexican Museum of San Francisco. Using software and online platforms that the CSRC uses to manage collections and provide access, the intern will create a landing site with artist information and collection overviews, highlight select artwork from the collections, and potentially curate an online exhibition focusing on the research conducted for the project. The CSRC will provide all the training for these duties. The intern will be meeting with the supervisor 2–3 times a week for 30–60 minutes via Zoom (depending on training and troubleshooting to accomplish tasks). There will also be regular communication via Slack and daily correspondence via email as needed. If work can be conducted onsite at UCLA during the internship, the meetings will take place in person at a safe distance with masks and other PPE required. Duties may also include but are not limited to:
  • Learning archival principles and theory within a museum setting and museum studies principles and theory within an archive setting.
  • Researching provenance and writing descriptions for art objects, plus artist statements and historical notes.
  • Learning best practices for digital preservation for cultural objects (FADGI).
  • Learning basic preservation and conservation skills for physical and digital objects.
  • Learning about the software we use to manage, describe, and provide access to collections
  • Gaining insight into the administration of CSRC’s museum services, such as object registry and tracking workflow for museum projects, preparing artwork for museum loans and pickup, and sales acquisitions (in theory and, if onsite, in practice)
To apply for the Preservation and Research Internship, please send a resume, cover letter, and the contact information for two professional or educational references to Xaviera Flores, CSRC Archivist and Librarian, at Application deadline: Friday, April 30, 11:59 p.m. PDT.
Getty Marrow Academic Programs and Publications Internship
This internship will be focused on supporting the promotion, execution, and documentation of Immersive Distancing: Carmen Argote and Zeynep Abes, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center’s exhibition at the L.A. Art Show (LAAS), July 29–August 1, 2021, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Since 2017, the CSRC has partnered with LACMA in co-presenting curated exhibitions at the L.A. Art Show as part of the fair’s DIVERSEartLA initiative. This year’s exhibition will examine recent media art produced during the COVID-19 pandemic by L.A.-based artists Carmen Argote (Mexico, b. 1981) and Zeynep Abes (Turkey, b. 1993). Duties of the Getty Marrow Academic Programs and Publications Intern will include helping with the creation of physical and digital promotional materials for the CSRC exhibition, including a press release, flyers, social media posts, and editorial contributions on the CSRC’s blog, CSRC Post. Additional responsibilities may include ordering supplies for the exhibition installation, documenting all press coverage, assisting with the filming of a dialogue between the artists and exhibition curator Chon A. Noriega, and transcribing the interview(s) for publication. The intern will interact directly with the artists during the internship period and also serve as a docent during the run of the show. If the L.A. Art Show moves to an online format, the intern’s responsibilities will be entirely remote and support the development of the CSRC’s online presentation and promotion of the exhibition. The intern’s capstone project will be a short essay for the CSRC Post that discusses the artworks and their presentation and the public’s engagement with them, incorporating documentation and links to collateral materials such as press coverage and online programming. Interest and/or experience in communications, journalism, and marketing, and print and digital publishing, is preferred.
To apply for the Academic Programs and Publications Internship, please send a resume, cover letter, and the contact information for two professional or educational references to Rebecca Epstein, CSRC Assistant Director, at Application deadline: Friday, April 30, 11:59 p.m. PDT.