The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established the Arts Internship Program (which provides internships for nonprofit performing, presenting, literary and municipal arts organizations) as a companion program to the Getty Multicultural Internship Program in 2000 (which provides internships to museums and visual arts organizations). The purpose of the County’s program is to provide undergraduate students with meaningful on-the-job training and experience in working in nonprofit arts organizations, while assisting arts organizations to develop future arts leaders and advocates. Through this program, students develop a deeper understanding of the work involved in nonprofit arts administration, better understand the role of the arts in a community and develop “real life” business skills that can be put to use in their future careers. During the ten week summer internships, participating organizations gain the assistance of a motivated student to help with special or seasonal projects. Participating organizations also play an important role in developing potential new leaders and advocates in the arts sector, who may go on to pursue careers in arts administration or take on board or volunteer responsibilities.
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission gratefully acknowledges the support of The Getty Foundation in providing the funding for the educational program components of the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program.