(March 6, 2018)
Interns at New York Public Radio (NYPR) are given a robust internship program with hands-on responsibilities. The goal of our internship program is to provide our interns with a substantive, meaningful work experience so that each intern concludes the internship period with demonstrable skills in his/her area of interest, plus knowledge of public radio, in general.
Established in the year 2000, the New York Public Radio Archives are the organization's link to its rich and storied past. The department currently maintains a catalogue of more than 70,000 broadcast recordings, dating from June 1927 to the present. Most of these recordings cover the activities of station WNYC as one of the nation’s earliest public broadcasters, and WQXR as one of the nation’s premier classical-music stations. The Archives also maintains a collection of photographs, memorabilia, reports, news items, program guides, institutional records, and promotional materials.
This internship will provide an opportunity for a qualified student to collaborate with the Archives’ staff on several digitization and access projects. Over the course of the summer, the intern will learn about audio preservation from the ground up —from cataloging standards, to playback with legacy machines, to final editing for presentation on the station's website. The breadth and depth of tasks at the Archives allow us to be flexible, so our interns can focus on whichever aspect of the asset's life-cycle they find most interesting.
What your internship will entail:
Hands-on experience in archives management
Applying analog-to-digital workflows for archival audio preservation
Implementing standards-based media cataloguing
Contributing to the archives social media presence: writing blog posts or curating its Tumblr page.
Restoration and playback of legacy audio materials
Duplicating and quality controlling CDs
Assisting Archives staff in organizing holdings in the vault
Identifying orphan materials
Excellent writing skills
Familiarity with public radio
Interest in audio archives
Familiarity with physical and digital audio formats
Familiarity with metadata standards such as Dublin Core
A good sense of 20th-century history
Enrollment in an accredited library school or archives program to earn course credit
Consistent availability of at least 15 hours per week
Proven willingness to learn new skills
If you would like to be considered for this role you must submit your completed online application found at the link below, a recent copy of your resume, a cover letter expressing why you would like to join the team at NYPR.