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Intern - Paid

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Westchester, California
Closing date
Mar 20, 2024

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Position Type
Full Time
Museum Studies
Organization Type
Collections Management Costume & Textiles Paid-Internship

Collections Management


LACMA's encyclopedic costume and textiles collection is made up of over 37,000 objects, 25% of LACMA's entire collection, representing more than 100 cultures and over 2,000 years of artistic and cultural heritage. In addition to textile-based media, the collection also includes other object types related to dress, sewing and design such as fashion plates, sewing boxes, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. The collections management department is responsible for the preservation, storage, and organization of the art collection, and plays a critical role in providing access to the collection for LACMA staff and visiting scholars.


Under the supervision of the Associate Collections and Installation Manager for Costume and Textiles, the Collections Management Intern for Costume and Textiles will learn day-to-day tasks performed by collections management staff while gaining greater knowledge and hands-on experience in working with costume and textiles. Shadowing collections management staff, the intern will learn best preservation practices through various tasks including inventorying the collection, using collections management systems, condition checking and housing of objects, taking documentary images, monitoring storeroom environments, and preparations for upcoming exhibitions.
  • This is a paid part-time internship (16 hours per week or less) at $16.78/hour
  • Anticipated Internship period: June 3, 2024 - August 30, 2024
  • The internship is at an offsite facility in Los Angeles County (not on LACMA's main campus).

  • Candidates must be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of an accredited graduate, undergraduate or certificate program in the following areas: costume studies, material culture, collections management, museum studies, art history, anthropology and library science, and/or conservation
  • LACMA's definition of 'recently graduated': within 1 year after graduation
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed coursework in costume and textile history, collections management, fundamentals of conservation science, and have basic sewing skills
  • If you need to meet certain criteria to obtain academic credit, please include them in the cover letter to verify if the LACMA internship can meet the requirements

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