Reflexions on a Getty Multicultural Internship at USCPAM

August 21, 2015
USC PAM Getty Intern hard at work at her desk

USC PAM Getty Intern hard at work at her desk

My name is Loreinne Helena. I just graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Art History and double minor in History and Religious Studies. I am the Getty Multicultural Intern at USC Pacific Asia Museum and work as a Collections Management Intern in the museum’s Curatorial Department.

The decision to apply for this position came from my interest in the small institution experience. While taking a ceramics class, I had visited the museum for research and was impressed with the personal experience available to its visitors. This has been a wonderful opportunity which has allowed me to come in contact with objects from the collection on a daily basis. Every day, I work with our registrar to maintain and properly store collection pieces. I also get to work with our art preparator to install and deinstall works.

Aside from the hands on experience, I have been able to work on a few small research projects to help our curator prepare for the upcoming exhibition. It has been wonderful getting to know the museum staff and having unique experiences. I was even able to tour the Getty Research Institute and our conservator’s studio on a couple of field trips set up by Annie, the museum registrar. Despite these exciting trips, I have to admit that the most thrilling event has been the opportunity to witness the opening of the crates containing the pieces for the new Reshaping Tradition exhibition opening up in September. The chance to see these pieces up close and touch them (with gloves on of course), has been the chance of a lifetime.

Although my internship will be over this Friday, I will continue my relationship with the museum as a volunteer starting next week. Also, at the end of next month I will begin working on my Latin American Studies graduate program at CSULA to prepare for further research in modern and contemporary Latin American art which will be my focus.


Helping with the new exhibition.