We require a minimum commitment of 2 months, for at least 16 hours a week. Internships are unpaid. Preference is given to intern applicants receiving credit at their educational institution. All internships are based in our Brooklyn office, convenient to the Atlantic Terminal / Barclays Center (2,3,4,5,B,D,Q,N, & R trains), LIRR, and the C (Lafayette) and G (Fulton) trains.
The WITNESS Media Archive is a repository of over 5000 hours of video, both tape- and file-based, recorded and produced by human rights activists around the world over the past 20 years. The Media Archive is also a leader in the development of training resources aimed at non-professional archivists and activists who are managing their own human rights video collections.
Interns train under the supervision of an Archivist, performing a variety of hands-on tasks including cataloging, tape capture, digital ingest, research / reference, access provision, documentation of archival processes, training resource development support, and other administrative tasks for the archive.
By the end of the internship, the intern will have learned how to:
Create metadata for unpublished human rights video footage in a cataloging database.
Handle and identify various video formats in the collection.
Use software tools to capture, analyze, view, transfer video files.
Understand the processes and components of a digital archiving workflow within a small organization.
Liaise with content creators and program staff to acquire content for the archive.
We are seeking interns enrolled in a graduate program related to moving image archiving and preservation, archival studies, or library/information science. We also review applications from recent graduates who may be seeking the same type of mentorship and educational focus related to their career choice or educational background.