April 2017 / Internships / May 2017

Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Paid Internship Opportunity at William Grant Still Arts Center

Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Paid Internship Opportunity

at William Grant Still Arts Center

Research and Publication Assistant,  Intern Position – Summer 2017


Are you interested in visual and community art, history and cultural preservation and want to take part in an exciting internship program at an important institution this summer?  The William Grant Still Arts Center is seeking a full-time, paid summer intern as part of the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program to research and work with our archives to publish a serious, academic catalogue on the past 35 years of the Black Doll Show. This catalogue would incorporate oral histories, critical essays and writings on Black Dolls, and archival photographs or other forms of documentation. This catalogue would be the first serious catalogue on the Black doll making community in Los Angeles.  Our research intern would work closely with our Director and Lead Academic Researcher, to gather information into a book.


Founded in 1977 and  celebrating its 40th anniversary year, The William Grant Still Arts Center is a community arts facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs offering summer camp, creative workshops, music and art classes for adults and youth, an exhibition space, concerts, and places for community meetings and the neighborhood to come together.


Each winter since 1980, The William Grant Still Arts Center has presented the Black Doll Show, an original annual exhibition of black dolls from artists, collectors, and the local community. The show was initially inspired by the Black Doll Test in the 1940s by pioneering African-American psychologists Mamie and Kenneth Clark, and is an ongoing tradition with roots in doll-making traditions dating back across space and time culturally and historically as well as in the Community Arts Movement of the 1970s. The annual Black Doll Show, doll-making and its lineage have become the longest-lasting community programming thematic of The William Grant Still Arts Center. The Center currently provides the only public venue in the City of Los Angeles for artistic display of creative work in Black doll making, and is the longest running Black doll exhibit in the United States.


Students must:

  • Be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino(x)/Hispanic/Chicano, Native American, Pacific Islander, or SAWANA descent;
  • Be currently enrolled undergraduates, preferably in Art History, Studio Art, Sociology, Cultural Studies or Anthropology. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2017. Students graduating in May or June 2017 are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)
  • Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County; and
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.

The internships are full-time (40 hours/week) positions, each with a stipend of $5,000, for a consecutive ten-week work period between June and August, 2017.


How to apply

Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae, a one page statement describing their academic goals and how the internship will further these goals. The statement should also explain the aspects of the applicant’s career ideals and work experience that would contribute to their role as an intern doing research in art history and cultural preservation. Two references and two letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers are required.


Applications due no later than 5 pm,

Saturday May 4, 2017

Send by email to:

Ami Motevalli, Director

William Grant Still Arts Center


2520 S. West View Street

Los Angeles, CA 90016

For more information please contact WGSAC Director Ami Motevalli by phone, at

213.280.7587 or email, at ami.motevalli@lacity.org

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