WAM Internship Application for Spring Cohort: Feb 1 - May 26, 2023

Our Internship program is widely recognized in the audio and music production industries for the caliber of training, range of activities, overall experience, as well as job placement opportunities. Past interns have gone on to positions with such companies as Dolby, Pixar, Apple, Sony, Google, and Pandora, as well as most of the premier venues for music and performance in the San Francisco Bay Area.

WAM Internship Program Goals:

  • Build confidence levels, communication skills, and personal versatility in the audio industry
  • Develop interpersonal connections for networking and community support
  • Gain experience navigating a virtual workspace and operating online communication/learning platforms, in addition to hands-on studio training  
  • Create career pathways for future employment opportunities

Women's Audio Mission (WAM) selects interns three times per year, in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Approximately 5-10 interns are selected each term through a competitive pool of applicants from around the United States. The Internship is open to women (transgender or cisgender) and non-binary/gender-expansive folks over the age of 18, and recommended for those 21 years and older. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept international applicants at this time.

COVID-19 Precautions: WAM requires all staff and interns to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to be masked while indoors. In the event of a local shelter-in-place order, we will transition to all-virtual programming.

Is this Internship a fit for you?

Please review this list carefully to ensure you are available for all the dates and hours required to fulfill the internship duties. We can only consider your application if you meet all the requirements. We value your time and want to maximize it by making great connections with your cohort and the WAM team and learning as much as possible in your time with us. This is an exciting opportunity, and we don't want you to miss a minute! 

TIME COMMITMENT AND AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENTS: 

***Commitment of a total of 18 hours per week, Monday – Friday (PDT), in person, virtually, and some evenings and weekends when classes, sessions, and events are scheduled.***

To participate as a WAM Intern, please read the schedule closely.

Required hours means: Be available to attend in-person workshops, skills training, and educational programs.

We do our best to work with your schedule! Keep in mind as an intern, you'll likely support one Girls on the Mic class series weekly, and one Adult class series weekly (or a two-day class on a weekend), spanning the 8-14 weeks of the Internship. They often overlap, and we ensure you are able to do both in a way that is manageable for your schedule. NOTE: We hold many of our intern workshops in Oakland. However, the programs and some of our workshops are in SF, so we tend to toggle between the two locations..


ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE

  • Mondays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Intern Skills Workshop in SF and Oakland.
  • Fridays from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Intern Skills Workshops, Partner Tours (Dolby, Meyer, etc.) in SF and Oakland.
  • Girls on the Mic (GOTM) hours are usually between 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm for either a lunchtime school program OR an after-school program. It depends upon the partners we are serving that term. We ask that all applicants are open and available to work at 1–2 desired schools. See responsibilities below.
  • Adult Education Classes run on in person weeknights from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm and weekends 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (in both SF and Oakland). See responsibilities below.
  • Ability to attend in-person training and meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Ability to attend in-person, exclusive tours (this will happen on Fridays or Mondays) with local Bay Area audio industry leaders (Dolby, Meyer, etc.)
  • Be available to regularly attend virtual and in-person meetings in supporting Girls on the Mic classes and Adult Education classes; hours vary.
  • Commitment to attending engineering shadowing appointments if that is your pathway of choice. These are incredible and rare opportunities to observe (shadow) audio industry partners working live events, recordings, and more! 
GOTM Responsibilities: You will support GOTM instructors as a classroom assistant in WAM's free audio program for middle & high school girls and gender-expansive youth. Some duties may include: engaging with students positively, supporting the setup and breakdown of class materials, and supporting classroom management. Interns may also work with instructors to occasionally co-lead audio activities or icebreakers. In collaboration with the instructors, the interns will become an integral part of the youth's learning community. This is a weekday school program, and an intern presence is required to help meet your 18-hour weekly commitment. Classes take place in SF or Oakland and typically are 1 to 1.5 hours for 13 weeks. Hours and locations may vary, but the classes usually occur during and after school. We can work to match you with a time that fits your schedule. A minimum of once a week with GOTM is required. This is an integral component of the Internship and is a massive support to WAM's mission to amplify the voices of girls and gender-diverse youth!

Adult Education Classes Responsibilities: Each intern will be able to assist and support the WAM Adult Education classes. These classes are taught by incredible leaders in the audio industry. Schedule may vary from early weekday evenings to morning weekend days.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Passion and commitment to working in the audio industry - even if you're unsure what kind of work you want to do in audio, this program will help you discover that!
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience working with youth and a passion for their educational success
  • A minimum of 1 year of audio education
  • Support WAM's mission of changing the face of audio
  • Ability to work independently
  • Facility in operating a standard computer (Mac or PC)
  • Recommended for 21 years of age or older
  • Completed or willingness to complete mandated reporter training
  • TB Test
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination 

IMPORTANT DATES: Check your calendar! Where we indicate a virtual or live event, you must be available on these dates to be considered for candidacy.

  • Jan 6th, 2023: Application deadline
  • Jan 16 - 20th: If you are selected as a potential candidate, this is when you will have a virtual interview.
  • Feb 1st & 2nd, 9 am-2 pm: REQUIRED IN PERSON- If selected as a WAM intern, you will be required to attend two in-person orientations.
  • Internship start date : Feb 1st, 2022
  • Internship end date: May 26th, 2022

NOTE ABOUT EMPLOYMENT AND PAY:

This is an unpaid internship. This is not paid work and not employment by any terms. There is a stipend available at the completion of the Internship for all of those who have met eligibility and completed the required intern hours.

Women’s Audio Mission is an equal employment opportunity employer.

https://www.womensaudiomission.org/wam-internship-program/ 

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