John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Audiovisual Archives Internship
LISTING NUMBER 13-AV-01
Posting Date: 3 May 2013
Closing Date: 17 May 2013
Interns in the Audiovisual Archives of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library primarily assist staff in answering reference requests and making reproductions of audiovisual materials. The intern’s primary responsibility will be working directly with off-site patrons, which requires excellent research dexterity and customer service skills. Patrons may include anyone from film producers to publishers to independent researchers, and requests cover a wide variety of topics and media. Ability to handle multiple inquiries at once, prioritizing needs according to deadlines, and initiative to start new requests are key factors to a successful internship.
In the course of their duties, interns will use digital resources such as the public online digital archives and the JFK Library’s digital asset management system, Documentum. Interns will also handle original photographs, negatives, ¼” reel-to-reel audio tape, and motion picture film, among other analog media. In fulfilling reproduction requests, AV archives interns may learn to use the video edit suite, the digital audio workstation, and the photo scanning station. When reference demands are light, there may be limited opportunities for special projects depending on the intern’s interest and the archives’ needs.
The Audiovisual Archives has openings for one or more interns to work full time or part time. Please include the following materials in your application:
• Cover letter stating why you are interested in an internship in the Audiovisual Archives and expected graduation date
• Unofficial transcript
• Letter of recommendation
Closing date for this posting is 17 May 2013. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications are accepted electronically with the subject line stating “AV Internship Application-[Your Name]” to laurie.austin[at]nara.gov or by mail to:
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Boston, MA 02125
Candidates must be US citizens currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, ideally in archival studies, public history, or a program in media arts with a strong audiovisual focus. Interns will receive a monthly stipend of $1,400 (full time, 5 days/week) or $560 (part time, 2 days/week), paid on the 15th of the month. Summer internships start June 15th and end August 14th. There may be the possibility to re-apply for an internship for the fall semester. The archives are open Monday through Friday.