Job Opening Title: Photograph Collection Opportunity (Experiential Education)
Institution/Organization Name: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): New York, NY
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Since 1914, JDC has exemplified that all Jews are responsible for one another and for improving the well-being of vulnerable people around the world.
Today, JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.
Photograph Collection Opportunity
The Photo Collection of the JDC Archives contains over 100,000 images. These photographs offer a rich historical overview of activities conducted by JDC for 10 decades in over 90 countries around the world. More than 60,000 photographs have already been digitally scanned. The Archives is seeking an Experiential Education Project participant to assist us with the cataloguing and preservation of the photograph collection. Geographical scope and range of topics in the photograph collection lets the participant to suggest areas that interest them.
• Integrating new photographs into existing cataloguing system.
• Entering and copy-editing information into the Archives database.
• Researching online to enrich descriptive data for photographs.
• Integrating unprocessed collection of photographs in our nearby offsite facility.
A familiarity with Word, Excel and database procedures is recommended. Library or archival training is preferred. Ideal candidate will have an interest in photography or pictorial history.
The opportunity is unpaid. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to internship(at)jdc.org.
Audio-Visual Media Collection Opportunity
We eagerly look forward to working with an Experiential Education Project participant on projects to preserve, reformat, and provide access our historic film and video collections. These collections contain over 1,000 films and videos depicting JDC’s work, which range from early silent films in the Soviet Union, to many films from the World War II era and its aftermath, to more recent footage of JDC’s global humanitarian work in regions such as Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America. There are over 1500 audio recordings, including oral histories and eyewitness accounts that testify to JDC’s efforts to meet needs around the world at critical moments in Jewish and world history over the past century. The collection includes a variety of video formats and corresponding equipment to enable viewing.
• Cataloging video collections and creating labels for video assets
• Aiding in the implementation of preservation and collections management plans
• Viewing programs to summarize content for the collection inventory and identify works worthy of digital transfer
Interest in archives and information science is recommended. Familiarity with databases required. Experience with processing of archival audio-visual materials is preferred, but not necessary. Concurrent coursework in Archives, Library Science, Museum Studies, or History.
The opportunity is unpaid. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to internship(at)jdc.org