2023 Getty Marrow Media Arts Intern


EMPLOYMENT TYPE

Full-time

UNIT

Watase Media Arts Center

APPLICATION DEADLINE

04/14/2023

OPEN DATE

03/14/2023

Position Summary:

The 2023 Getty Marrow Undergraduate 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 and 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 exhibition 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 exhibition 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 exhibition explores the impact Japanese Americans had on the Southern California car scene, from box car racing and car clubs in the ’50s, to the rise of import/tuner culture in the ’80s and ’90s, 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.

Dates of Internship: Dates of Internship: 10 consecutive weeks, in-person, June 13 to August 19, 2023. Full-Time (40 hours a week). Requires some evening and weekend hours. The Media Arts Intern will work a Tuesday through Saturday schedule.

Intern Stipend: $6,800 gross stipend for Full-Time (40 hours/week), 10 consecutive weeks.

 

See below for more details and criteria.

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Weekly Work Timeline—Media Arts Intern

The Media Arts Intern will be focused on providing support for upcoming films and exhibitions, including the reimagined Core Story, Japanese American Food History, and Nikkei Car Culture. In addition, they will experience developing and producing their own short film/Capstone Project in line with JANM’s mission. Other projects will include livestreaming public programs, documenting community events, and helping film interviews.

 

Week 1—Orientation and Training

  • Human resources orientation.
  • Orientation to the Japanese American National Museum.
  • Overview of the history of the institution.
  • Overview of the main themes that relate to Nikkei history in the United States.
  • Introduction to the media arts department and their practices.
  • Introduction/Review of equipment used by Media Arts.
  • Introduction/Review of the software used by Media Arts.
  • Bi-weekly one-on-one with Primary Supervisor.
  • Brainstorm Capstone Project ideas.

Week 2

  • Brainstorm and select Capstone Project idea.
  • Nobuko Miyamoto—transcription, logging, selects, digitization, scanning, filming.
  • Film/livestream public programs as needed.

Week 3

  • Bi-weekly one-on-one with Primary Supervisor
  • Nobuko Miyamoto—transcription, logging, selects, digitization, scanning, filming.
  • Capstone Project preproduction—research, gathering archival/collections materials, scheduling interviews, developing script.
  • Film/livestream public programs as needed.

Week 4

  • Capstone Project preproduction—research, gathering archival/collections materials, scheduling interviews, developing script.
  • JA Food exhibition—transcription, logging, selects, digitization, scanning, filming.
  • Edit promo video for social media.
  • Film/livestream public programs as needed.

Week 5

  • Bi-weekly one-on-one with Primary Supervisor.
  • Capstone Project preproduction—research, gathering archival/collections materials, scheduling interviews, developing script.
  • Capstone Project production—filming interviews/b-roll, logging footage.
  • JA Food exhibition—transcription, logging, selects, digitization, scanning, filming.
  • Film/livestream public programs as needed.

Week 6

  • Capstone Project production—filming interviews/b-roll, logging footage.
  • Core story exhibition—transcription, logging, selects, digitization, scanning, filming.
  • Film/livestream public programs as needed.

Week 7

  • Bi-Weekly one-on-one with Primary Supervisor.
  • Capstone Project production—filming interviews/b-roll, logging footage.
  • Core story exhibition—transcription, logging, selects, digitization, scanning, filming.
  • Edit Natsumatsuri promo video for social media.
  • Film/livestream public programs as needed.

Week 8

  • Capstone Project post-production—editing, graphics, sound.
  • Nikkei Car Culture—transcription, logging, selects, digitization, scanning, filming.
  • Film/livestream public programs as needed.

Week 9

  • Bi-weekly one-on-one with Primary Supervisor.
  • Capstone Project post-production—editing, graphics, sound.
  • Nikkei Car Culture—transcription, logging, selects, digitization, scanning, filming.
  • Film Natsumatsuri Festival.

Week 10

  • Capstone Project post-production—editing, graphics, sound.
  • Finalize any remaining work on Food, Core Story, or Car Culture exhibitions.
  • Present Capstone Project to JANM staff.

 

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

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Qualification Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions outlined above.

 

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.

Selected Intern is required to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations with bivalent booster (Fall 2022) dose.

Education

Currently enrolled undergraduate student.

Experience/Knowledge

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.

Communication

Has excellent communication and negotiation skills. Must be able to provide courteous and effective service to co-workers, volunteers, and the general public. Is able to read, write, and comprehend routine reports and correspondence, including safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals. Is able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group format and large group format. 

Computer

Is computer literate, Internet savvy, and experienced with MS Office, Google Calendar and Gmail preferred. Accuracy and attention to detail are essential. Video editing experience (using Final Cut Pro X and/or Premiere Pro) and experience with video cameras is strongly recommended.

Math

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning

Ability to act on own initiative, making consistently sound decisions. Must be able to comply with institutional policies and procedures. Perform successfully when juggling and re-prioritizing multiple assignments in a fast-paced, changing work environment. Is able to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Reliable follow-through on assigned projects in a complete, well conceived and timely manner.

Physical

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The Intern’s workspace will be in the Watase Media Arts Department, in the same office as the primary supervisor and department coworkers. The Intern will also work outside of the office for location film shoots and other various project aspects. They will have a computer with access to the JANM network, internet, scanner, and printer. Additionally, they will have access to all of the media arts equipment, including: state-of-the-art camera equipment, sound/lighting equipment, and video editing software.

Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

All employees are required to be up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine and have the bivalent (Fall 2022) booster dose when eligible.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

Reports To: E. Kodani, Manager of Media Arts Center

Positions Supervised: None

Salary Range

$6,800 gross stipend for Full-Time, 10 consecutive weeks.