The American Alliance of Museums and the Getty Foundation have partnered to provide a unique experience for alumni of the Getty’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program. This program reflects the Getty Foundation’s ongoing commitment to provide professional development opportunities to former participants of the internship program.

With support from the Getty Foundation, participants are offered to attend the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting, held in St. Louis from May 6-10, and to participate in year-round professional development opportunities. Participants are available to Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program alumni who reside in the United States and are currently active in the museum field or in museum-related graduate studies.

Award Benefits

Individuals selected for this program receive:

AAM Annual Meeting Experience

  • Complimentary conference registration
  • Travel stipend to offset costs airfare and per diem
  • Up to five nights lodging at conference hotel
  • Invitation to the AAM Fellows Breakfast and one additional networking breakfast or lunch of the fellow’s choosing
  • Participation in an exclusive on-site full-day Leadership and Career Management workshop (May 6)

Emerging Innovators Forum

Those selected for the program will participate in the 2017 Emerging Innovators Forum, a showcase of museum exhibition and programming ideas. The Forum provides an opportunity for current graduate students or emerging professionals working in the field to present:

  • Exhibition design models and related exhibition interpretation panels
  • Education and interpretation programs
  • Interactive media projects (website, film, video, animation, games)
  • Graphic and publication design projects
  • Other professional portfolio materials (as appropriate to this event)

One-Year Professional Development Support

  • One-year complimentary Professional Membership in AAM, with access to 22 Professional Networks organized around job responsibilities and areas of common interest
  • Copy of the best-selling publication A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career
Requirements and Eligibility

Those selected for the program are required to attend the entire meeting, which begins on Saturday, May 6 and concludes on Wednesday, May 10 at 1:00 pm. Participants are also required to attend the AAM Fellowship breakfast, participate in the on-site Leadership and Career Management Program, attend the Annual Meeting Welcome Orientation and Networking event, and respond to an evaluation survey following the meeting.

Individuals who have not previously participated in the program are preferred, but not required.

How to Apply

Applicants submit via an online application process.

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to compile their application materials before starting the online process.
  • Applicants will not be able to save and return to complete their application at a later time.

Incomplete applications submitted will not be considered. AAM  will not collate your application.

Prepare a single PDF format electronic file with the following items:

  • A letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor, employer, or faculty advisor that speaks to the benefit of the applicant’s participation at the Annual Meeting to his/her academic studies or institution and the museum field
  • A resume or curriculum vitae describing the applicant’s professional history and engagement in his/her organization and community
  • An essay (500 words or less) that articulates issues facing the field and how the applicant will benefit from participation in the Annual Meeting and apply gained knowledge, skills, and perspective in his/her academic studies or work setting and community
  • A brief description and session title for a proposed case study to be offered at the Emerging Innovators Forum

To complete the online application, the applicant will need to:

  • login into the Alliance website
  • verify contact information
  • complete the demographic profile and
  • upload application materials

Please contact Registration at 866-226-2150 if you need assistance with your login.

Applications are due Friday, January 27, 2017.

Notification and Registration

All applicants will be notified by email of their status by February 28, 2017.

Awardees will have one week to confirm their attendance. Once awardees have confirmed their attendance, they will receive a special registration code with instructions to receive their complimentary registration and are eligible to purchase additional event tickets not included or conflicting with other required program events.

Upon receipt of confirmation of acceptance and a signed IRS W-9 form, travel stipends will be issued to Multicultural Internship Undergraduate alumni participants. Please note this may take approximately 4 weeks to arrive.


Awards are non-transferable.