SPARC’s Internship Program
SPARC relies on the generosity of student interns/volunteers to advance its mission as a leading center for community cultural development. Since 2009, international, national, and local student volunteers have dedicated over 5,000 hours of service to support SPARC’s work in three key departments: SPARC Administration; UCLA@SPARC Digital Mural Lab; and the Mural Resource and Education Center. SPARC has partnered with UCLA’s Information Studies and Chicana/o Studies Department’s Service Learning Programs as a method of engaging student interns/volunteers; in addition, SPARC has accepted students from various universities across the country and abroad including the University of Cairo, Vassar University, Dartmoth College, University of Oregon, University of Denver, UC Santa Cruz, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the Claremont Colleges, Occidental College, Loyola Marymount, Antioch University, San Francisco Arts Institute, Santa Monica Collage and numerous California State University campuses including Fullerton, Dominguez Hills, and Northridge.
Since 2009, over 60 university students from diverse fields of study have given their time to support the preservation and digitization of our public art archive; dedicated their time to editing short documentaries; organizing and managing public events including our annual Day of the Dead Celebration, SPARC Gallery exhibitions, and public art productions. Students have come from various fields of study including: Chicana/o Studies, Information Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Sociology, Architectural Engineering, History of Visual Culture, Art Conservation, African American Studies, City and Regional Planning, Applied Linguistics, Film Television and Digital Media, Liberal Studies and Landscape Architecture.
SPARC and The Getty Multicultural Internship Program
SPARC has partnered with the Getty Foundation’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program since 2010: Aiming to increase diversity in and provide support for Los Angeles-area museums and visual arts organizations, the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program has funded substantive, full-time summer work opportunities for students at Los Angeles-area museums and visual arts organizations. Since the program’s founding in 1993, 150 local arts institutions, as well as the Getty Center and the Getty Villa, have hosted over 2,700 undergraduates, exposing these students to career possibilities in the arts.