Visual History Program – Collection Intern

Approximate Date of Posting 2/9/2017

Position: Visual History Program – Collection Intern

Location: Los Angeles,  California

Company/Organization Picford Center  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences-

Schedule/Hours Interns are expected to work between 20 and 28 hours per week.

Time Frame  June 12, 2017-August 18, 2017

Compensation: Unspecified



Program Requirements

Academy summer internship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a college student attending an accredited undergraduate or graduate program
  • Have an overall 3.0 grade point average
  • Exhibit an interest in the motion picture industry
  • Have strong written, verbal and problem solving skills

Departments: Library, Programming, Preservation and Foundation Programs, Museum, Film Archive

Program Description

  • The program starts June 12, 2017-August 11, 2017
  • The application deadline is March 23. 2017
  • Internship hours are part-time (up to 28 hours per week and may vary based on project)
  • Work will be project-driven and hands-on while providing you with more knowledge about the motion picture industry
  • The summer internship also includes educational brown bag lunches, studio tours and other growth oriented and fun activities related to film

The Academy Film Archive offers a small number of summer internships to current students enrolled in archiving, film studies, library and information studies, or other conservation-related programs.   Internships at the Archive are project-based and interns can expect to gain experience in the everyday workings of a film archive, be introduced to our cataloging and collection management systems, and develop skills in how to properly handle and inspect film and video material.

The Archive is located in the heart of Hollywood at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study.

he Academy Oral History Projects Department ( invites moving image archive studies or library science graduate students to apply for the Oral History Collections summer internship.


DESCRIPTION The Academy Oral History Projects Department (  invites moving image archive studies or library & information science graduate students to apply for a summer internship working with content produced by the Academy’s Visual History Program (, a born-digital recording initiative of long-form video interviews with influential filmmakers. This collection is currently made up of more than 100 interviews, and over 400 content hours.

We are seeking an organized, enthusiastic intern comfortable with a fast-paced production environment to assist Oral History Projects’ staff in ongoing, post-production, archival and research activities supporting the Visual History Program. Supervised by the Manager of Oral History Projects and working in collaboration with the OHP Archivist/Coordinator, the focus of this internship will be on providing content cataloging and curatorial support for the collection, with duties including: preparing interviews for access through QC, indexing and highlight selection, curatorial research and writing (blogs and clip reels), updating production and collection management databases, and assisting with post-production tasks. The intern may also be assigned additional collection management tasks related to film, video, and/or sound recordings in the Academy Oral History Program collection, as well as have the opportunity to provide input into project development and into the creation of a controlled vocabulary specific to film industry-related interviews.
Duties and Responsibilities:

•  QC and indexing of Visual History Program transcripts
•  Drafting interview summaries and biographical information
•  Creating media files, DVDs and assist with clip reels
•  QC of digital video files and DVDs
•  Selecting interview highlights
•  Research/writing draft blog posts for Academy Collections blog
•  Processing legacy records (paper & electronic)
•  File management
•  Research into aspects of digital oral history best practices
•  Provide translation assistance (Spanish, Japanese, etc.), if applicable

About OHP:
The Academy Oral History Projects (OHP) department records, collects and preserves personal spoken accounts that provide insight into the art, science and craft of motion picture creation. The department is actively bringing together dispersed oral history collections about filmmaking craft by providing storage, cataloging, and preservation through the Academy Film Archive. To make these collections more accessible to researchers and the general public, materials are being prepared for inclusion in a Motion Picture Oral History Digital Archive (MPOHDA), where they will be indexed and accessed through a web-based portal.

This internship is based at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood, so the intern will need access to transportation to Hollywood. The intern will be expected to commit 28 hrs. per week from approximately June 12 – August 18, 2017.


POSITION REQUIREMENTS • 3.0 grade point average
• Enrollment in a moving image archive studies or library and information science graduate program


EDUCATION Please see job description.
POSITION Academy Visual History Program – Collection Intern
OPEN DATE 2/9/2017
LOCATION Los Angeles
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.


Deadline: March 23. 2017



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