The Diversity Apprenticeship Program (DAP) is an initiative by The Broad. It is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS is a federal agency which provides library grants, museum grants, policy development, and research. Every year, eight apprentices are selected for the DAP. Each apprentice participates in one month of paid training, and then continues to build on the skills they learned through eight months of paid hands-on work at partner sites across Los Angeles. Throughout, we provide personalized support for each apprentice as they build the skills and confidence to start a career in this field.
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What is a preparator or art handler?
A preparator or an art handler works directly with art or artifacts in museums, galleries, and art shipping companies. Usually, they pack and unpack art, install and de-install exhibitions, and move art around museum and storage spaces. Their duties and skills are wide-ranging.
What does the DAP offer?
The DAP offers a nine-month, paid, full-time apprenticeship in preparation/art handling. We are especially committed to offering this opportunity to individuals from communities underrepresented on museum staffs. The first month of the apprenticeship is a training period. During this time, you will learn a variety of skills, including how to pack, handle, and install artwork and artifacts. You will also learn how to maintain galleries, assist preparators (art handlers) and collections managers, properly use tools, and follow safety protocols. After this, you will rotate to at least three partner sites for hands-on work experience.
During this time, we will provide personalized support as you continue to build skills in art handling. You will also benefit from working closely with experienced mentors/supervisors and program staff, all of whom are committed to supporting your growth and skill development. Together, apprentices will go on trips to museums and other cultural institutions.
As an apprentice, you will receive diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility (DEIA) training to support you when navigating predominantly white workspaces. You will also have the opportunity to participate in career development workshops, such as resume and cover letter writing, and mock interviews.
By the end of the nine months, you will be familiar with preparator and art handling practices. Throughout, apprentices will also provide feedback on their experience to help improve the program.
What skills or experience should an apprentice have?
Some of the basic skills required to participate as an apprentice include:
- Good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and spatial reasoning
- Self-motivated, reliable, and focused
- Ability to follow instructions and plan ahead
- Basic math skills
- Work well with supervisors and coworkers
- Ability to perform physical tasks, including bending, kneeling, pulling, pushing, walking, standing for long periods of time, and lifting 50 pounds
We do not require previous preparator or art handler experience. Instead, we encourage those with a wide variety of experiences to apply.
For example, the following may translate well to the apprenticeship: food handling or preparation; landscaping or gardening; carpentry; cosmetology or hair styling; plumbing; welding; painting; factory experience; sewing; equipment technician; electrician; automotive/mechanic; tattoo artist; theater stagehand experience; maintenance work; housekeeping; construction (to cover drywall, tiling, roofing, etc.); arts and crafts; jewelry making; auto body work; waiting tables.
Other experiences may also translate. We encourage you to think broadly about the skills and capacities you bring as an applicant. Please include these in your application statement.
What is the pay?
Pay for a preparator’s apprentice is $17.50 an hour. You will also be eligible for medical, vision, and dental benefits through The Broad for the duration of the apprenticeship.
What is the application process?
1. To apply for the DAP, submit an application. The DAP application requires personal and contact information, three references (a combination of professional and personal references preferred), and a written statement. The DAP application also includes an optional demographic survey. Declining to fill out this optional survey will not impact your chances of being selected.
2. Applications are then reviewed by program staff and partners. Your application is scored on several factors, including: Your potential for success as an apprentice, previous experience you highlighted in your application's written statements, and your ability to navigate challenging experiences.
3. Interviews — If selected, applicants then move on to a phone interview with one program staff member or partner. Those applicants who score well on phone interviews move on to an in-person interview, which is conducted by a panel of program staff and partners. The interviews are additional opportunities for you to ask questions and get to know the program better, as well as for us to get to know you better.
4. Skills Tests — Applicants selected for in-person interviews will also be invited to take a basic online math test and skills tests.
5. Background Check — Selected candidates are required to pass a background check.
- March 29, 2021 – DAP 3rd Cohort Application Opens
- June 2, 2021 – Deadline to Apply
- June 21 - July 23, 2021 – Phone and In-person Interviews and Skills Tests
- July 30, 2021 – Selected Candidates Notified
- August 16, 2021 – Apprenticeship Start Date
- May 2022 – Apprenticeship End Date
Note: Dates are subject to change.
Am I eligible?
All applicants must be 18 and older to apply. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background and reference check.
For questions about eligibility, please contact Program Manager George Luna-Peña at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 232-6260