Employment at ArtCenter


Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship

Through research, advocacy and action Designmatters — the award-winning social innovation department at ArtCenter College of Design — engages, empowers and leads an ongoing exploration of art and design as a positive force in society. Designmatters courses and programming engages students with a dynamic, entrepreneurial and experiential approach to design education. To learn more, visit https://designmattersatartcenter.org/

The Designmatters Communications and Digital Media Intern will be introduced to the field of design for social innovation and the day-to-day operations of a higher educational department and NGO.

Gaining experience in the areas of digital/social media, online narrative storytelling and community outreach, this individual will support promotional activities related to Designmatters projects, publications and programming. The intern will have the opportunity to create online narrative content (written and video) highlighting key members of the ArtCenter community in addition to hands on experience working with and learning from leaders in the field of design for social innovation. During the internship they will receive basic CMS training (Wordpress) and learn aspects of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere specific to image and video editing as well as general best practices for social media outreach and engagement. We hope the intern will leave with an understanding of the rewards of a career in digital media as well as the benefits of creating projects through the lens of social innovation.

Reports to: Director, Designmatters

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Salary grade: 5

Application deadline 4/23/2018. Required application materials are:
  • Resume
  • Short cover letter describing your interest in the internship
  • 2 letters of reference OR contact information for 2 references (preferably faculty or staff from current college or a former employer)
Qualified applicants should send application materials to Jennifer.May@artcenter.edu

on or before the application deadline of 4/23/18.

Terms of Internship

The intern will be paid $5,500 for the 10-week internship in Summer 2018.


Internships are intended for members of groups underrepresented in professions related to museums and the visual arts, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent. In addition, candidates must be:

  • A currently enrolled undergraduate student
  • Have completed at least one semester of college by June 2018
  • A resident of OR attend college in Los Angeles County

About the Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

Aiming to encourage greater diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, the Getty Foundation created the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program in Los Angeles to support substantive, full-time summer work opportunities for college undergraduates from cultural backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented in the arts. Since the program's founding in 1993, 161 local arts institutions, including the Getty, have hosted over 3,200 internships, exposing students to career possibilities in the arts.

About ArtCenter College of Design

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly-regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor; interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, chemicals, dust and noise.

Physical: The position is generally sedentary. Employees sit most of the time, but may walk or stand for brief periods of time. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 20 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading reports, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.