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The LACMA Emerging Art Professionals (LEAP) Fellowship provides specialized training in museum leadership roles. The fellowship aims to enrich the diversity of the museum field by exposing recent college graduates from historically underrepresented groups to a variety of leadership experiences at LACMA. The two LEAP Fellows will have the opportunity to work either in the Director’s office or in the Curatorial and Planning department. This opportunity is made possible, in part, through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation.


Two LEAP Fellows will have the opportunity to work with the Director or the Head of Curatorial and Planning. The fellowship will also include projects in multiple museum departments, such as Communications, Conservation, Curatorial, Development, Education, Exhibition Design, Finance, Marketing or Registration. The LEAP Fellowship is a paid (with benefits and a travel allowance), one-year commitment, with the possibility of a renewable second year.


The program is intended specifically for recent undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups in museum leadership. Candidates should have earned a baccalaureate degree within the past two years, preferably with a concentration in art, art history, visual culture or a museum-related field. In addition to having a strong academic record, candidates should be able to demonstrate mastery in managing multiple projects at once, with attention to detail, adaptability, and professionalism.

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How To Apply:

Students must submit the following application materials at

In addition, two letters of recommendation (one academic and one professional) must be sent from the recommender to
Application deadline: April 2, 2018