Thank you for your interest in working at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Current Employment Opportunities

—2018 Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship
—Finance Intern
—Education and Engagement Intern
—Exhibition Intern

See below for more information.

If you are interested in volunteering at the PMCA, please email Leah Clancy, Education & Engagement Coordinator, at lclancy[at]pmcaonline[dot]com or call (626)568-3665 x13.

The PMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


2018 Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Intern

The 2018 Getty MUI Internship in Exhibitions and Education is a full-time (40 hours/week) position with a stipend of $5,500, for a consecutive ten-week work period between June and August, 2018. To Apply: To apply for this position, please send an email including a one-page cover letter detailing your qualifications and eligibility, résumé, and three references in a single PDF to info@PMCAonline.org with the subject line GETTY MUI INTERN 2018: [First name] [Last name].


Since 1993, the Foundation’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program has provided substantive, full-time work opportunities to 3,200 undergraduates, exposing them to potential careers in the arts. Aiming to encourage greater diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, the program provides funding for internships at cultural organizations across Los Angeles, including at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. The Foundation’s support enables organizations to host students in full-time, paid internships for ten weeks during the summer.

The internships are intended for outstanding students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts. Students gain experience in key areas such as curatorship, conservation, education, publications, and related programmatic activities. Candidates are sought from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.

Students must:
—Be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent;
—Be currently enrolled undergraduates. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2018. Students graduating in May or June 2018 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 intern’s schedule will equally balanced between Exhibitions and Education & Engagement responsibilities and learning objectives over the course of the ten-week internship. Under the guidance of the supervisors, additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned as related to the broader work of the PMCA.

This timeline is subject to adjustments once the intern has been selected and can coordinate a start and end date. The Museum galleries will be closed for installation from June 4 to June 16, so the intern may be able to assist with and learn about exhibition installation.



  1. Assist the Director of Exhibitions with managing exhibition files, researching exhibitions, communicating with lenders and institutions, issuing and managing receipts and budgets.
  2. Assist with the production and management of Museum publications.
  3. Assist with the research, writing, and editing of interpretive copy of exhibition labels, brochures, catalogues, and promotional materials.
  4. Assist with the development of exhibitions.
  5. Assist with the execution of contracts for exhibitions; loan forms; insurance of artwork


Education and Engagement

Assist Education and Engagement Coordinator in the development of educational programs and strategies for visitor engagement in the galleries and off-site.

Assist Education and Engagement Coordinator with the planning and implementation of exhibition-related lectures and panel discussions.

  1. Work with teaching artists to lead on-site workshops.
  2. Research new and update existing community contacts in relation to current and upcoming exhibitions.
  3. Assist in drafting and pitching museum visits to community groups, schools, and businesses.
  4. Assist with the creating e-blasts, website and social media content, and also distributing print materials.
  5. Assist in planning and working with community partners to secure in-kind donations, media trade and cross-promotion, and sponsorships (working with development and marketing).

Candidates are versed in Mac OS and Microsoft Office, and have experience with WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Candidates must have excellent verbal, written, and listening skills; a good sense of humor and a positive attitude; and impeccable attention to detail. Knowledge of Adobe InDesign/Photoshop/Illustrator is appreciated but not required.

Finance Intern

Financial management is crucial to the day-to-day operations of a museum, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is at a critical time now updating many of its internal financial systems and procedures. The PMCA seeks a Finance Intern to assist the Deputy Director of Operations in transitioning to this new phase by creating new policies and procedures, working with new operating and accounting systems, focusing on earned revenue opportunities (bookstore and rentals), and providing guidance to all museum staff with budgeting needs.


Internship Project: Museum Financial Management
Time Period: Two days per week (10-12 hours) at the PMCA
Supervisor: Natalie Moreno-Cason, Deputy Director of Operations

The ideal candidate will have an interest in finance/accounting, have above average data-entry and math skills, especially related to inventory and financial reporting, can communicate well on various levels, is very organized and good at note-taking, excellent follow-through and project management skills, and has a desire to work in a museum or nonprofit organization.

Project Goals and Tasks:

  • Input accounts payables into accounting software and update Cash Flow Budget Report.
  • Maintain vendor and independent contractor files and contracts.
  • Assist with transition to cloud-based accounting and file management; scan and upload contracts, W-9’s and bank information into accounting software/file management software.
  • Assist with creation of Standard Operating Procedures for accounting and financial reporting at various levels.
  • Assist with creating and updating upcoming and historical financial report packages/folders for Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Create and update Operations Manual including service contracts and payment schedules.
  • Assist with creating pricing packages for space rentals and cost reports for events.
  • Assist with Bookstore inventory and profitability reports.

Please email your résumé, a one-page cover letter detailing your qualifications/eligibility, and three references in a single PDF to PMCA Deputy Director of Operations Natalie Cason at ncason@pmcaonline.org in an email titled FINANCE INTERN 2018: [FIRST NAME][LAST NAME].

Education and Engagement Intern

Under the guidance of the PMCA Education and Engagement Coordinator, the Education and Engagement Intern will assist with day-to-day outreach tasks at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Located in the heart of Pasadena’s Playhouse District, the PMCA presents rotating exhibitions—historical and contemporary—that reflect the vibrancy and breadth of California art and design.


The intern will learn about the essential components involved in connecting audiences to the institution through communication, marketing, and public relations. The intern’s duties and responsibilities will involve the development and execution of outreach initiatives, which will steward a better understanding of California art among the Museum’s current and potential audiences. Responsibilities will include assistance in researching and analyzing community needs, securing community partners, communicating with the public through both online and print outlets, and organizing contacts and multimedia collateral.

The Education and Engagement Intern’s work will focus on the promotion of the Museum’s exhibition and education efforts with the surrounding region and larger arts community.

Ideal Qualifications

Candidates are versed in Mac OS and Microsoft Office, and have experience with WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Candidates must have excellent verbal, written, and listening skills; a good sense of humor and a positive attitude; and impeccable attention to detail. Knowledge of Adobe InDesign/Photoshop/Illustrator is appreciated but not required.


This is a part-time (approximately 15 hours/week) unpaid internship.

How to Apply

Please email your résumé, a one-page cover letter detailing your qualifications/eligibility, and three references in a single PDF to PMCA Education and Engagement Coordinator Leah Clancy at lclancy@pmcaonline.org in an email titled COMMUNICATION INTERN 2018: [FIRST NAME][LAST NAME].

Only qualified applicants will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Sample Projects

  • Organize photo archive and create collection of evergreen images
  • Draft and upload program descriptions to WordPress and event listing websites
  • Generate social media content
  • Organize press clippings and online mentions
  • Update Community Outreach contact lists
  • Pitch exhibitions, educational programs, group tours, and other museum offerings
  • Research media sponsorships and create plan for upcoming exhibitions
  • Draft newsletters

Exhibitions Intern

The Pasadena Museum of California Art seeks an enthusiastic intern to work closely with the Director of Exhibitions on the Museum’s summer and fall 2018 exhibitions: Grafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California; Judy Chicago’s Birth Project: Born Again; Soul of LA: The Art of Ernie Barnes; Chris Engman: Landscape of Exposure. The Exhibition Intern will assist with exhibition research, planning and installation, creating educational and interpretive materials, and may be required to conduct tours for staff, volunteers, and museum visitors.


Learning Objectives:

The Exhibition Intern will gain a broad understanding of the following:

  • Manage an exhibition checklist
  • Loan requests
  • Interpretative text materials
  • Installation layout and design
  • Exhibition contracts
  • Exhibition budgets
  • Travelling exhibitions
  • Fine art insurance
  • Registration policies


  • Desire to work in the arts field
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Positive and ambitious attitude
  • Excellent research, fact-checking, and writing skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Good organizational and follow-through skills
  • Proficient in MS Word and Excel, as well as Dropbox
  • Must be flexible, mature, professional, a self-starter, and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Courses completed in Art History or a related field
  • Must be available to work during the week, Monday–Friday, between the hours of 9:00am–5:00pm

To apply, please submit your resume and a brief cover letter explaining your interest in this internship, your relevant experience, and how this position will help to further your academic or professional goals. Email materials as one PDF to info@pmcaonline.org

Applications are due by April 30, 2018.