Students gain professional experience through yearlong and summer internships at the Hammer. Yearlong internships are offered for credit for UCLA students. Paid summer internships are offered through the Getty Marrow Internship program. Positions are offered in departments including curatorial, communications, development, and programs, among others.
Communication and Design Internships
The Hammer Museum offers year-long internships to UCLA students that foster sustained connections between Hammer staff and their interns. The goal of the internship program is to develop students’ capacity for professional-level museum service. In the 2022/2023 academic year the Hammer Museum will offer several year-long 9-credit internships (3 credits per quarter) to selected UCLA undergraduate students. The internships will begin in the beginning of the Fall 2022 quarter, and proceed until the end of the spring 2023 quarter. Interns will be selected from a pool of applicants on the basis of academic record and career interest. To receive credit, interns are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours per quarter.
Work will be conducted in accordance with UCLA’s COVID-19 policies. Applicants must be available to report to work in person but may not need to do so until onsite work resumes.
TO APPLY: Students interested in a 2022/2023 internship should submit a single PDF including the following: one-page letter stating professional interests, qualifications, and top two or three preferences from the list of internships below, a resume, and a copy of their transcripts (or Degree Progress Report). Application materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position title(s) in the subject line by Friday, July 1, 2022.
Communications Intern, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Outreach
The intern's primary responsibilities will be to assist with digital communications, social media, and marketing. They will also assist with public relations efforts and targeted outreach for exhibitions and programs. The intern will help maintain the Hammer's social media accounts—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest, among others—websites, and event listings. They will also research media outlets, update press lists, and staff press events. The intern will learn how to develop communications strategy, content strategy, and marketing plans. They will assist the communications team with additional tasks as needed. This internship will also be open to students outside of the Art History department.
Communications Intern, Video Production
The intern’s responsibilities will be to assist with video production by putting their creative skills to work in multiple areas of the production process. They will work closely with the communications team to create compelling videos that promote the Hammer and its exhibitions and programs. Work includes assisting the team with research, hands-on assistance during shoots, editing, and platform management. The intern will be exposed to many of the key skills needed for a career in video production. Key responsibilities include:
- Research topics in video archives, the internet, library archives and others sources.
- Learn about the museum’s guidelines and standards, and apply these to the production of video content that is shared on online channels and social media.
- Provide assistance as needed to all hands-on components of video productions, including sound, lighting, camera, editing and postproduction.
- Assist with the purchasing of supplies, props, and equipment.
- Maintain all video equipment in optimal conditions, ensuring equipment is charged and properly stored before and after every shoot.
- Be responsible for the safe transfer and storage of all footage.
- Help maintain the Hammer’s online video channels by uploading videos and inputting metadata.
This internship will also be open to students outside of the Art History department.
The Design Intern's primary responsibilities include assisting with design production and coordination, documentation of completed projects, as well as designing for digital and print projects. The intern will learn how to work within an in-house design team, track projects from start to finish, and assist the design team with additional tasks as needed. The internship will focus on supporting the museum’s academic and public programs, with potential to assist design staff on exhibitions. Successful candidates will understand basic typographic principles and be proficient in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Familiarity with the full Adobe Creative Suite is strongly preferred. All candidates must submit a design portfolio. This internship will also be open to students outside of the Art History department.
Emerging Museum Education Fellowship
The Hammer Museum’s Academic Programs Department is pleased to announce a paid fellowship opportunity for an emerging museum educator during the 2021–2022 academic year. Launched in 2018, the Emerging Museum Education Fellowship program aims to diversify the museum field and reduce barriers among recent college graduates from historically underrepresented groups from acquiring full-time entry-level jobs. The program aims to enrich professional skill-sets of emerging museum educators through on-the-job training, mentorship, and professional development.
The Fellow will work alongside Academic Programs staff in helping visitors of all ages make authentic and personally relevant connections to art, one another, and the world through close looking, dialogue, and inquiry. As an Emerging Museum Education Fellow, you will deepen your gallery teaching practice and gain in-depth experience developing and implementing tours and programs, especially for youth and family audiences. The Fellow will also learn about museum education theory and practice through ongoing professional development.
- Facilitating digital tours and other educational programs (may be online and on-site) for a variety of audiences, including families, adults, university students, and K–12 students.
- Working with designated Academic Programs Department staff to propose, develop, and implement a program for intergenerational audiences.
- Attending mandatory paid training in September 2021 and additional trainings on two Fridays per month during the academic year from 4–6 p.m.
Training and work may be conducted digitally in Fall 2021 in accordance with UCLA’s COVID-19 policies. Applicants must be available to report to work in person but may not need to do so until onsite programs resume.
Eligibility: The Emerging Museum Education Fellowship program is designed specifically for recent undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups. Successful candidates will have:
- At least 1 year of experience teaching youth, preferably art subjects
- A B.A. in art education, art, art history, education, visual culture or another museum-related field within the past 2–3 years.
- Demonstrated facility in managing multiple projects and meeting deadlines
- Demonstrated interest in contemporary art
- Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred
Term length and compensation: The Fellow will work 18–20 hours per week beginning in September 2021 and ending in June 2022, and should be available on some evenings and weekends, as determined by programmatic needs and in accordance with UCLA’s COVID-19 policies. The Fellow is a part-time employee; salary is $20–22 per hour.
Application materials and procedure: Please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com by August 19, 2021. In your cover letter, please address how your academic or work experiences are relevant to this fellowship, what you hope to gain from this opportunity, and your interest in representing diversity in museum education.
Include "Emerging Museum Education Fellowship" in the subject line.