Part Time Audiovisual Archives Internship – John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum – Boston, MA

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Part-time, Internship


Posting date: 6 May 2019

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 an opening for one intern to work 16 hours per week. 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. Please include the listing number, 19-AV-02, in the cover letter.
  • Résumé
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Application form

Application deadline is midnight, 19 May 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications are accepted electronically with the subject line stating “AV Internship Application-19-AV-02-[Your Name]” to [email protected]

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 (e.g., $750 for part time, 16 hours/week) paid on the 15th of the month. The internship will begin on/around 17 June 2019. Available hours are Monday through Friday, 9-5:00. Preferred candidates will be open to continuing through autumn 2019.

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