ELAC Museum Internship Program Prepares Students for Jobs in the Museum FieldPosted: Mar/24/2022 9:38 AM
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March 24, 2022
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East Los Angeles College Museum Internship Program Prepares Students for Jobs in the Museum Field
MONTEREY PARK, CA – For the first time in the five year history of the Washington, D.C. Internship Program (DCIP), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino (NMAL) has extended remote internships for three East Los Angeles College (ELAC) students.
During the 2022 winter semester, three students enrolled in ELAC’s new Museum Studies Certificate Program (MSCP), successfully completed full-time, month-long museum internships at premiere Washington D.C. institutions. All students were subsequently invited to extend their internships for up to eight weeks on the recommendation of their mentors.
The goal of this transformative learning experience, launched in partnership with the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) and ELAC in 2018 is to prepare under-represented students for future careers in the museum field through first-hand experiences with the inner workings of the Smithsonian’s world-class operations in Washington D.C.
The internship program is having a deep impact on students like Cicely Beltran, an education intern at the NGA. As a result of her experience, Beltran plans to transfer to California State University, Long Beach and pursue a career in museum education. Beltran said, “This internship has had a profound effect on my career trajectory and in actualizing my dreams of working in museum arts education.”
Anaís Orozco, an exhibition intern at Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services, said, “This internship gave me access to a wealth of resources that revolutionized how I thought about museum spaces.” They add, “This [internship] experience was facilitated by an amazing team of museum leaders and incredible mentors.”
DCIP can also lead to job opportunities. For instance, Jean Young, a digital publications intern at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, was recently hired as the marketing coordinator at Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles.
This year’s host institutions and mentors included the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Service with mentor and Project Director of Latino Initiatives María del Carmen Cossu, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage with mentor and Media Specialist Charlie Weber, and the National Gallery of Art Education Department with mentor and Museum Educator and Program Coordinator Chris Rusinko.
"I am proud of our three ELAC students who had the amazing opportunity to be a part of this internship with the Smithsonian Institution,” said ELAC President Alberto J. Román. “The hands-on experience they received and networking will help them to continue their aspirations of working in a museum. I want to thank VPAM, the National Museum of the American Latino, the National Gallery of Art, and the ELAC team for making this internship possible and helping our students achieve their dreams.”
“It’s an honor to have partnered with the East Los Angeles College and the Vincent Price Art Museum to offer internship opportunities to three of their talented students,” noted Eduardo Díaz, Interim Director of the National Museum of the American Latino. “We're grateful for the contributions each participant has made to their internship projects. Their work is a testament to the importance of opening more equitable access points to museum careers.”
VPAM Director Steven Y. Wong and VPAM Foundation Interim Education Program Coordinator Nathalie Sánchez with support from ELAC Art Department Faculty, develop, organize, and facilitate a series of informational sessions, career-oriented workshops, and guest speaker presentations with Los Angeles-based leading-museum professionals.
VPAM’s Washington D.C. Internship Program (DCIP) is made possible with generous support from Alice L. Walton Foundation, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Cynthia Lee Maughan Scholarship Fund, MUFG Union Bank Foundation, and Barbara Hensleigh and Joe Andrews. Additionally, this program received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON D.C. INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (DCIP)
The Washington D.C. Internship Program (DCIP) is a full-time internship opportunity offered as part of the Museum Studies Certificate Program at East Los Angeles College and administered by the Vincent Price Art Museum in collaboration with East Los Angeles College and the National Museum of the American Latino.
ABOUT EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE
ELAC is the largest of nine two-year community colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), www.laccd.edu. More information about ELAC is available online at http://www.elac.edu/. Follow ELAC on social media, Facebook @Eastlacollege, Twitter @Eastlacollege, and Instagram @ELACHuskies.
ABOUT THE VINCENT PRICE ART MUSEUM
The mission of the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College is to serve as a unique educational resource for the diverse audiences of the college and the community through the exhibition, interpretation, collection, and preservation of works in all media of the visual arts. VPAM provides an environment to encounter a range of aesthetic expressions that illuminate the depth and diversity of artwork produced by people of the world, both contemporary and past. By presenting thoughtful, innovative, and culturally diverse exhibitions and by organizing cross-disciplinary programs on issues of historical, social, and cultural relevance, VPAM seeks to promote knowledge, inspire creative thinking, and deepen an understanding of and appreciation for the visual arts. https://www.vincentpriceartmuseum.org/
To learn more about ELAC MSCP and DCIP programs, please visit: https://www.elac.edu/Academics/Departments/Art/Museum-Studies.