Criteria for Intern Candidates: The internship opportunities are intended for students from backgrounds underrepresented in museums and the visual arts professions, Applicants must be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Islander descent. In addition, each intern must meet the following eligibility criteria:
(1) currently enrolled full-time undergraduate (bachelor’s or associate degree program) and have completed at least one semester or 2 quarters of college by June 2023. Students who graduated the semester or quarter immediately before the internship begins are also eligible.
(2) and must be a resident or attend college in Los Angeles County;
(3) and must be a US citizen or permanent resident eligible to be legally employed in the US. Students with DACA status valid through the internship period are also eligible.
Please note that students who have previously served as Getty Marrow Undergraduate Interns at the Japanese American National Museum are not eligible for consideration. Students enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible. Finally, staff members and relatives of staff or board members are not eligible.
Intern Stipend: $6,800 gross stipend for Full-Time (40 hours/week),10 consecutive weeks.
Dates of Internship: 10 consecutive weeks, in-person, June 13 to August 19, 2023. Full-Time (40 hours a week). Require some evening & weekend hours. Selected Intern is required to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations with bivalent booster (Fall 2022) dose.
The Media Arts Intern work a Tuesday thru Saturday schedule.
The Media Arts Intern will work in the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center (MAC), which is dedicated to furthering JANM’s mission through unique documentaries, innovative exhibition components, and video life histories that preserve and share the Japanese American experience. They will participate in the creation of media components for the museum’s upcoming films & exhibitions (70% time), educational/public programs (15% time), and website, social media, and YouTube channel (15% time).
Through the internship, the Media Arts intern will receive hands-on experience with preproduction development, cameras, sound, lighting, livestreaming, editing software, motion graphics, and archival media formats to help facilitate their own capstone project. To develop these skills, the intern will assist on three upcoming exhibitions and an upcoming documentary film:
1. Reimagined Core Story: JANM’s redesigned main exhibit looking at Japanese American history from immigration to today will feature many new media components, including installation pieces tied to specific artifacts, videos of modern day solidarity and protest, and short documentaries focused on cross generational stories.
2. Eating Together: Food in Japanese America: This exhibit will look at Japanese American’s long history with food, in California especially. Possible media components will dive into prewar agriculture, fishing, food during wartime incarceration, and their connections to the farms, restaurants, and traditions of today.
3. Nikkei Car Culture: This exhibit explores the impact Japanese Americans had on the Southern California car scene, from box car racing and car clubs in the fifties, to the rise of import/tuner culture in the eighties and nineties, to the reappreciation of Japanese classic cars today. The media components will include interviews with car aficionados from multiple decades, footage of classic car shows, and archival racing footage.
4. Nobuko Miyamoto: An hour long documentary in partnership with KCET, profiling LA artist and activist Nobuko Miyamoto. Nobuko’s career has spanned multiple decades, from dancing on Broadway, singing in the civil rights and anti-war movement, to community activism and solidarity work today. She continues to write and perform, including a concert at the Getty Center in February 2022.
For all of these projects, the intern will assist in conducting research and interviews, scouting and shooting B-roll footage, transcription, logging clips, digitization of archival materials, and editing, all of which will significantly contribute to the final pieces.
Media Arts Intern Requirements: Video editing experience (using Final Cut Pro X and/or Premiere Pro) and experience with video cameras is strongly recommended. Competency in digitization/digital asset management, including scanning and editing photographs in Photoshop is desired. Strong research and written communication skills are critical. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills are essential.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY: 5:00pm, Friday, April 14, 2023.
To apply submit your cover letter, employment application form, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation. Candidates selected for interview will also need to provide 1 copy of an official undergraduate transcript(s). Transcripts must record at least one semester or 2 quarters of college by June 2023.
Employment Application forms are available at http://www.janm.org/jobs/
Submit application packets to:
Japanese American National Museum
Attn: Human Resources
Re: Getty Marrow 2023 Summer Internship (Media Arts)
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Email to: email@example.com (a word.doc format or pdf file)
Finalists will be contacted for interviews the week after the application deadline.
Selected Intern will be provided a link to upload a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination and bivalent booster proof.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE