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Collections Intern-Getty Marrow Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

Deadline to apply: May 03, 2019, 5PM

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2019 Getty Marrow Undergraduate Summer Internships Criteria for Intern Candidates: The internship opportunities are intended for members of groups underrepresented in professions related to museums and the visual arts, including but not limited to individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent. Intern candidates can be sought from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts. Please note that students who have previously served as Getty Marrow Multicultural Undergraduate summer 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: $5700 gross for Full-Time (40 hours/week), consecutive 10-week internship. Dates of Internship: June 11 – August 17, 2019. Will require some evening & weekend hours. Regular workweek is Tuesday – Saturday; occasional Mondays at the Getty or Learning Hubs will be required. DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR INTERNSHIPS: 5:00pm, Friday, May 3, 2019. To apply submit your cover letter, employment application form, resume, 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 of college after high school. Mail to: Japanese American National Museum Attn: Human Resources Re: Getty Summer Internship (Collections) 100 N. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 Fax to: 213-830-5673 E-mail (word.doc format or pdf files) to: Finalists will be contacted for interviews approximately one week after the application deadline. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE


The Collections Management & Access (CMA) internship is intended to provide a student with the opportunity to engage in the processes that are essential to developing and maintaining the permanent collection within the Japanese American National Museum. In order to understand the work that is required in Collections, the CMA intern will see several newly received artifact collections through the accessioning, cataloging, rehousing, and curatorial processes required to document it and make it accessible to the public. The Sakamoto-Sasano family’s collection will be one of the main collections that the intern will process. Japanese immigrants Yoshikichi and Taye Sasano, along with their three American-born children Frances, Louise, and Allen were a typical Japanese American family living on the West Coast before the upheaval that World War II caused. In 1940, Sasano supported his family as a lettuce shipper in Santa Maria, CA. The Sasano family had recently relocated to Los Angeles when persons of Japanese ancestry received orders of their pending removal from the West Coast. Yoshikichi, Taye, and their three children, who were 15, 13, and 9 at the time. The family was initially detained at the Santa Anita Assembly Center and later at Granada (Amache). This collection chronicles the experiences of the Sasano family through their wartime and postwar situation, highlighting personal experiences of Taye, Frances, and Louise—the three female members of the Sasano family. An autograph book belonged to younger daughter Louise, who was of high school age while at Amache, reveals the teenager’s personality through the reflections from her friends. Louise’s notebook, which contains the schoolwork she did while at Amache, suggests that incarcerees tried to maintain a sense of “normalcy” while detained in one of America’s ten concentration camps. Frances’ high school diploma from Amache helped her to obtain acceptance to college in Haverford, CO and leave Amache to pursue higher education. The various handbooks, yearbooks, and newspapers from Santa Anita and Amache help to reconstruct what daily life in the concentration camps entailed. Finally, Taye Sasano’s citizenship test study materials, copy of the Bill of Rights, and naturalization certificate from the postwar period reflect Taye’s patriotism and love for her adopted country once persons of Japanese ancestry were finally allowed to in 1952, despite the unjust detention that she endured during World War II. The three dimensional artifacts, photographs, and ephemera from these collections, along with existing materials in the collection will help to inform a research project into the wartime incarceration and postwar resettlement of Japanese American families from Southern California. Once research has been compiled, it should be presented in a way that is accessible to the public. The CMA intern can determine if an interactive map, online exhibition, or short documentary would be an effective way to share information gathered with a broad audience. Over the course of the internship, the CMA intern should strive towards developing a final product, perhaps developing one of the suggestions mentioned above, as a final capstone.

This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. Incumbent will perform related duties as assigned.


Qualification Requirements: In addition, each intern must meet the following eligibility criteria: (1) currently enrolled undergraduate and have completed at least one semester of college by June 2019; and (2) must be a resident of or attend college in Los Angeles County; and (3) be eligible to be legally employed in the US.

Education: HS Diploma, Currently Enrolled Undergraduate

Experience/Knowledge: Collections Intern Requirements: Competency in digitization/digital asset management, including scanning, photography, editing photographs in Adobe Photoshop is desired. Experience handling, cataloging, and rehousing archival and 3D artifacts is preferred, but not required. Familiarity with TMS or a collections management database is ideal, but not essential. Strong research and written communication skills are critical. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills are also essential.


Reports to: Collections Manager, K.Hayashi
Positions supervised: None

The Japanese American National Museum reserves the discretion to change this job description at any time.The Japanese American National Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.



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