Internships

Getty Multicultural Undergraduate 10-week Summer 2017 Internship: Applications live the first week of December

Getty College Night at the Getty Villa on Tuesday, November 1st from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. More info can be found here:
http://www.getty.edu/education/college/villa_collegenight_2016.html

About Internships in General: Internships are a great way to gain experience and skills, develop self-confidence, and make career connections. Start planning now, make well-informed, conscious decisions, and develop a wide range of opportunities to help make your post-graduate career successful. The Department of Art History provides internship opportunities for UCI Art History majors that include:

• paid internships on campus with faculty and staff,
• grants for students who have successfully completed unpaid internships,
• awards for travel /research, and
• paid internships with world-renowned museums.

Our internships and awards are funded through the generous support of our UCI Friends of Art History.

How can you find internships? We post internship opportunities throughout the school year on our Department of Art History and AHUA Facebook pages, Twitter and this website (see News). Visit these sites weekly and be ready to answer the calls for internships as they arise.

Advance planning will maximize your chance of being awarded one of these internships and/or awards. Write and edit your resume and prepare some notes to use for your pitch including: why you want the internship and a list of the qualities, skills, experience and/or passion that make you an ideal candidate for the internship. Any specific examples you can provide are preferable to adjectives. Don’t worry if you don’t have much experience; applying for these internships alone gives you experience. You have to start somewhere.

Use initiative and research to find internships based upon your interests.

• Take the time to understand what you hope to achieve and what value you can add to the prospective organization
• Learn as much as you can about the organization’s culture, values and needs

Take notes as you prepare that will help you articulate why you are the ideal candidate you are being interviewed.

Think outside the box with internships. There are other career possibilities that can follow directly from an Art History degree such as interior design, architecture, the apparel and furniture/home furnishings industries, teaching, art conservation and archeology, but there are no limitations to what you can do with an Art History degree with thoughtful planning and conscious choices. Find internships outside the obvious ones and focus on developing transferable skills to provide you with the flexibility to adapt to change and provide you with choices now and later. We encourage you to learn about informational interviewing and use this strategy to find and obtain internships and jobs. Also see our resources page for more information about skills.

A couple of caveats about internships:

• Avoid any situation in which you are uncomfortable or feel you might be treated unfairly.
• Understand your rights and familiarize yourself with the State Department of Labor Six Point Test for Internships to ensure the internship meets the recommended criteria.

More about interning at museums:
These are our museum partners who provide internships unique to UCI Art History majors, funded by FOAH and other special donors:
San Diego Museum of Art (started summer 2015, next one summer 2016)
LACMA (coming summer 2016)
Getty (coming summer 2016)

Art History majors have also interned, and are currently interning, at these museums:
The Norton Simon
Huntington Library and Gardens
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Medici Archive Project in Firenza
Orange County Museum of Art
Bowers Museum
Laguna Art Museum
Sacramento Children’s Museum
Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida
Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program at LACMA

Recent UCI Art History graduates are now working at:
The Broad Museum
Laguna Art Museum
The Salvador Dali Society in Redondo Beach

We encourage you to take time to visit museums in the Orange County and Los Angeles area whether you are planning a career in museums or not. The Art History Undergraduate Association ("AHUA") organizes and hosts field trips to museums, galleries and art walks; all undergraduates are welcome!  No strings attached!

Our Art History majors have also interned, or are interning at art galleries including:
Ocean Blue Art & Design in Huntington Beach
Dawson Cole Fine Art in Laguna Beach

Chelsea Trinh AH ’15 put together a map of area museums to help you find your way there and back if you decide to go it alone or want to take your friends and/or relatives at your leisure and impress them with your knowledge.

Visit our alumni page to learn more about UCI Art History majors’ careers.