Paid Internships and Work Study

2023-2024 marks the 31st consecutive year of paid internships at the Williamson Gallery, made possible by Michael and Jane Wilson ’64, Peggy Phelps, the Sarah La Fetra Ludwick Preservation Fund, and the Getty Foundation. In addition, the Gallery has offered other internships, such as the Elizabeth Turk Conservation Internship, made possible through the support of Elizabeth Turk ’83.

As well as organizing exhibitions and caring for the collection, interns at the Williamson Gallery explore different career possibilities in the arts. Field trips have included visits to the American Museum of Ceramic Art, the Broad, the Huntington, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty, and the UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, where the interns have interviewed curators, critics, and conservators.

In 2023-2024, internships continue throughout the academic year. Information on academic year internships and work study at the Williamson appears below, with information on summer internships farther down the page.

Academic Year Internships 2023-2024

WILSON INTERNSHIPS

Thanks to the generosity of Jane ’64 and Michael Wilson, the Gallery will hire two Wilson Interns for the 2023-24 academic year. The internships are designed to give Scripps students exposure to the fields of art handling, arts administration, curating, collections management, and conservation. Interns earn an hourly wage, and funds paid to the intern are considered taxable income.

What the Internship Encompasses:

During academic semesters, the student devotes eight hours a week to the internship, schedule to be determined based on the student’s class commitments, from October 2023 to May 2024 (excluding holidays, fall, winter and spring breaks).

Requirements

  • Open to sophomore, junior and senior Scripps students.
  • Must submit a written report before completion of the internship.
  • Must be able to devote 8 hours a week.
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

PEGGY PHELPS CURATORIAL INTERNSHIP:

Through the generosity of Peggy Phelps, this internship is designed to give Scripps students exposure to and experience in curating and organizing art exhibitions.

Duties: The intern will organize one exhibition from the Scripps permanent collection to be shown at Mt. San Antonio Gardens exhibition space during the academic year of 2024-2025. With this in mind, the intern will need to be available on a future date during the academic year to present the exhibition during the opening reception at Mt. San Antonio Gardens in Claremont. Strong organizational and writing skills are a must.

Hourly Wage: The intern will be paid by the hour. The payment reflects gross salary;  taxes will be deducted. Interns are subject to Scripps College’s hiring and payroll procedures.

Qualifications: Open to sophomore (rising sophomores as well!), junior and senior Scripps students.

Requirements

  • Open to sophomore, junior and senior Scripps students.
  • Must submit a written report before completion of the internship.
  • Must be able to devote 8 hours a week.
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

The deadline for 2023-24 internship applications is September 15, 2023Applicants please send Margalit Monroe ([email protected]), Academic Curator, Williamson Gallery the following1. a transcript (unofficial is acceptable); 2. a resume; 3. names and phone numbers of 3 references; 4. a cover letter describing your interest in the role and the academic and work experience that qualify you for the internship; 5. a completed application form (please contact Margalit and request the form or it is available on handshake); 6. a writing sample of approximately 1,000 words (taken from classwork, if possible for a class in art history).

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WORK STUDY POSITIONS

Each academic year, the Gallery offers Scripps students several work-study opportunities:

  • Gallery Assistant: Work with Williamson Gallery staff to prepare and install artworks for exhibition, inventory and research the collection, and write database entries.
  • Gallery Attendant: Work with Williamson Gallery staff to care for the gallery and artwork on view, welcome visitors, provide information about exhibitions, and assist at receptions during open hours (Wednesday–Sunday, 12–4 pm during exhibitions).

How to Apply: Please contact Kirk Delman at [email protected] or (909) 607-3397 and copy Margalit Monroe at [email protected].

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Summer Internships

All internships are planned to begin on June 12, 2023 and end on August 18, 2023.

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS–DEADLINES:

The application deadline for Getty internships is Friday, April 14, 2023 at 5 pm.

For the summer of 2023, the Williamson Gallery plans to hire the following interns: 3 Getty Marrow Interns, 1 Wilson Arts Administration Intern, and 1 Wilson Conservation Intern. This internship page will be updated with other opportunities, pending funding. Internship requirements and the application process for each are listed below.

GETTY MARROW UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIPS:

In the summer of 2023, for the thirtieth consecutive year,  the Williamson Gallery will hire three paid, full-time, ten-week summer multicultural interns sponsored by the Getty Grant Program.  According to the Getty guidelines, these internships are “intended for members of groups underrepresented in the 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.”

The Getty also states: “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.”

Requirements for Summer 2023:
Candidates must: 1) be currently enrolled undergraduate students; 2) have completed at least one semester of college by June 2023; 3) be a resident of or attend college in Los Angeles County; and 4) be a United States citizen or permanent resident (non-citizens 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. Students who have already served as Getty interns at the Gallery are not eligible for another Getty internship at the Gallery.

Employment: The internship is 10 weeks of full-time, temporary employment at Scripps College, from June 12 – August 18, 2023. Interns are paid an hourly rate and are hired as temporary employees, subject to Scripps College’s hiring and payroll procedures.

1. The CURATORIAL INTERN is assisting with two projects: first, producing the catalog for the 79th Ceramic Annual, the longest-running exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the U.S. The intern researches and writes about works in the exhibition, drafts a press release, compiles artist profiles, secures images, and helps install works. Secondly, the intern may assist in the installation of, and in writing texts on works for exhibitions that will take place during the fall semester. These distinct projects will provide the student with a comprehensive view of the curatorial process.

2. The COLLECTIONS/CONSERVATION INTERN: After training, the intern will assist an objects conservator in cleaning a large plaster relief sculpture at her studio in Los Angeles, and in cleaning and waxing bronze sculptures on campus. The project includes writing detailed condition reports of works and digitally photographing them, all under the direction of a professional conservator. Among other tasks, the Collections/Conservation intern would also create condition reports for a large group of documentary photographs, as well as creating digital images of the pieces

3. The VISUAL RESOURCES INTERN will learn about the Visual Resources Collection at Scripps and resources used for teaching in the Joint Art History Program at the Claremont Colleges. The intern, supervised by Curator of Visual Resources John Trendler, will digitize, optimize, and catalog images. The intern will assist with online marketing and branding, train in cataloging and updating data in LUNA, update records in the database, and assist with research of the Embark web-kiosk for the Gallery. In addition, the intern may be asked to participate in the social media that the gallery engages in, such as Facebook entries, blogging, and Instagram.

How to Apply: By April 14, 2023 at 5 pm, please send the following to Margalit Monroe at [email protected]:

1. a cover letter describing the academic and work experience that qualify you for the internship;

2. a completed application (Please request this form from Margalit Monroe [email protected]);

3. a resume;

4. an up-to-date transcript (official transcript not necessary);

5. names and phone numbers of 3 references;

6. a writing sample of about 1,000 words.

For more information, call Margalit Monroe at (909) 607-4690 or e-mail [email protected].

2019 Getty Marrow Undergraduate Curatorial Intern Jeremy Taylor

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Milan Reed, a Getty Multicultural Summer Intern, created a video that gives a great summary of what a summer internship at the Williamson looks like:

Created by Milan Reed.

WILSON ARTS ADMINISTRATION AND CONSERVATION INTERNSHIPS:

Through the generosity of Jane Hurley Wilson ’64 and Michael Wilson, the Gallery hires two Scripps students for the academic year and two over the summer. The internship is designed to give one Scripps student exposure to and experience in the field of arts administration, and the other in conservation and care of the collections.

Duties

The Arts Administration Intern will receive training and work on several projects related to arts administration. Strong writers may develop an exhibition from the permanent collection to be proposed for the Clark Humanities Museum. Tasks planned for the Art Conservation Intern include cleaning bronzes and working with a paper conservator at her studio in LA. Access to transport and proximity to LA is essential for this position. Good organizational and writing skills are necessary for both internships.

Hourly Wage: The intern will be paid by the hour. The payment reflects gross salary; taxes will be deducted. Interns are subject to Scripps College’s hiring and payroll procedures.

Qualifications: Open to sophomore (rising sophomores as well!) and junior Scripps students.

Requirements:

• Must submit a written report before completion of the internship.

• Must be able to devote 40 hours a week over a ten-week period.

• Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

• Must have taken courses in studio art and art history.

How to Apply: By April 21, 2023 at 5 pm, please send the following to Margalit Monroe at [email protected]:

1. application form (Please request this form from Margalit Monroe [email protected]);

2. a transcript (An unofficial transcript is acceptable);

3. a resume;

4. names and phone numbers of 3 references;

5. a cover letter describing the academic and work experience that qualifies you for the internship;

6. a writing sample of approximately 1,000 words (taken from classwork, if possible for a class in art history).

LUDWICK ART CONSERVATION INTERNSHIPS:

Through the generosity of Sarah La Fetra Ludwick Campus Preservation Fund, the Gallery hires a conservation intern during the academic year or over the summer. The internship is designed to give Scripps students exposure to and experience with conservation and care of artwork on Scripps’ campus.

Duties: Under the supervision of an objects conservator, the art conservation intern will work on restoring a John Gregory Shakespeare relief at the art conservationist’s studio in Los Angeles and on campus bronze conservation. The project includes writing detailed condition reports of works and digitally photographing them, all under the direction of a professional conservator. Strong organizational and writing skills are a must.

Hourly Wage: The intern will be paid by the hour. The payment reflects gross salary; taxes will be deducted. Interns are subject to Scripps College’s hiring and payroll procedures.

Qualifications: Open to sophomore (rising sophomores as well!), junior and senior Scripps students.

Requirements:

• Must submit a written report before completion of the internship.

• Must be able to devote 40 hours a week over a ten-week period.

• Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

• Must have taken courses in studio art and art history.

How to Apply: By May 5, 2023 at 5 pm, please send the following to Margalit Monroe at [email protected]:

1. application form (please request this form from Margalit Monroe [email protected]);

2. a transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable);

3. a resume;

4. names and phone numbers of 3 references;

5. a cover letter describing the academic and work experience that qualifies you for the internship;

6. a writing sample of approximately 1,000 words (taken from classwork, if possible for a class in art history).

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