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The Sounds of California Archives and Media Intern is based out of ACTA’s Los Angeles field office, though the position will be remote during the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders. The intern must work a total of 400 hours by March 1, 2021, and may propose a schedule between 16 and 24 hours per week, depending on their academic commitments. Intern’s weekly schedule will be determined at the start of the internship, but may be flexible. For example, an Intern seeking a 16-hour schedule may need to work additional hours at certain points to meet the 400 hours requirement by March 1. The Intern will work primarily with archival and newly-created multimedia materials related to our ongoing Sounds of California project, a state-wide research and community engagement initiative developed in 2016 in partnership with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. The Sounds of California project explores music and auditory expressions as vital to collective experience, creating a sense of place and belonging in communities. The initiative has been based in three California locales (East San Jose, San Francisco’s Bayview, Oakland). In 2020 it will take place in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, cultivating stewards of place by engaging residents to explore, analyze, create, and share the local soundscape, and focusing on themes of anti-displacement and belonging. A key part of Sounds of California in Boyle Heights is the cultural asset mapping methodology that ACTA has developed to recognize and document the cultural treasures of particular communities. The Intern will aid in the development of a comprehensive Sounds of California microsite, culling material from ACTA’s fieldwork-based photos, audio, and video recordings collected from each of the Sounds of California projects, and will participate in the curation and dissemination of new multimedia collected in the 2020 Sounds of California project in Boyle Heights.


  • Assist the media team in the development of a browsable digital archive of Sounds of California multimedia materials
  • Pitch and develop new feature articles and social media content related to Sounds of California materials, both archival and new (Boyle Heights)
  • Catalog, organize, and edit audio and video recordings from the Sounds of California collection
  • Assist with development of a new online microsite platform for the content
  • If public health measures allow, possibly assisting with organizing media from Boyle Heights by supporting documentation with ACTA staff and partners at site visits, community-centered recording days, and online public concerts
  • Assist in processing survey data, recordings, and other media collected through the cultural asset mapping process


Required: -Some experience with Audio and Video Editing -Some experience with archival media cataloging or Digital Asset Management platforms -Cultural competency -Ability to ask questions and think collectively -Ability to multi-task -Ability to develop dynamic social media content (experience with Instagram stories, etc.) -Ability to travel within Los Angeles (transportation provided) -Ability to lift 35 pounds Preferred but not required: -Some experience interviewing subjects in the field -Some experience with WordPress or other CMS -Some experience editing video/audio -Bilingual, English and Spanish

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter communicating your interest and qualifications, resume, and 2-3 media samples you have developed (e.g. Instagram posts, articles, websites, photo essays, video, radio or podcast pieces—ideally related arts, culture, community engagement and social justice) to actajobs@gmail.com with SOC ARCHIVES AND MEDIA INTERN in the subject line. Please also include your desired work schedule, including desired number of hours per week (range: 16-24 hrs/wk). Deadline: Monday, Sept. 14, 2020