Media Arts Intern—2021 Getty Marrow Undergraduate Summer Internship




Watase Media Arts Center





Position Summary:

The Media Arts Intern will work in the Watase Media Arts Center (MAC), which is dedicated to furthering JANM’s mission through unique documentaries, innovative exhibition components, video life histories that preserve and share the Japanese American experience, and social media posts. Intern will participate in the post-production (editing) phase of making media components for the museum’s upcoming exhibitions and programs (70% time), create social media posts (15% time), and log newly restored archival footage (15% time).

See below for more details and criteria.

Dates of Internship: This year’s internship will offer some flexibility to comply with Public Health Officer Orders and allow students to work both on and off-site as needed to comply with city and county orders. 10 consecutive weeks between 6/14/21 thru 8/20/21, Full-Time (40 hours a week). May require some evening & weekend hours.

Intern Stipend: $6,000 gross for Full-Time (40 hours/week),10 consecutive weeks. 

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Highlighting the internship will be the opportunity to work on two upcoming exhibitions. In late 2021, JANM will open Sutra and Bible: Faith and Japanese American World War Two Incarceration. This exhibition will explore the important role that religious institutions and individuals played in providing a sense of security and stability for Japanese Americans during World War II. Using iconic religious objects and moving stories, this exhibition takes the visitor through the ways that religion played an important role in reestablishing a sense of community, offering comfort, and bringing people together in a time of war. Additionally, JANM will present Women’s Voices in late 2021. Through artifacts, artworks, oral histories, videos, and sound clips from JANM’s collections, Women’s Voices will highlight lesser-known stories and add further context around the experiences of Japanese American women over several generations. Depending on project need, the intern may serve as assistant editor, editor, and/or interview transcriber.

To bolster JANM’s web presence, the intern will spend a portion of her/his time collaborating with our Marketing and Collections teams to create original social media posts that promote content from the JANM archives. The intern will log and describe archival home movie footage, which has been recently restored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Additionally, the intern will lead a digital final project of her/his own design, making use of web technology to tell a story that is relevant to JANM’s mission. It will be released through JANM’s YouTube channel and other social media outlets. 

Please note: given the ongoing changes due to the pandemic, the descriptions and responsibilities are subject to change. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Qualification Requirements


Criteria for Intern Candidates: The internship opportunity is 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.

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 2021
  2. Must be a resident or attend college in Los Angeles County
  3. Be eligible to be legally employed in the US

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. 


Video editing experience (using Final Cut Pro X and/or Premiere Pro) 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.


Reports To: Media Arts Center Director

Positions Supervised: None