Archive Intern

Company Description

WNET, the parent company of public television stations THIRTEEN, PMNJ and WLIW21,  is a major producer of broadcast and online media for local, national and international audiences, creating award-winning content in the areas of arts and culture, news and public affairs, science and natural history, documentaries, and children’s programming.  WNET also has a rich media history as being the premiere educational television station in the New York City Metropolitan area. On September 16, 1962, New Dimensions in Television (WNDT) went on the air broadcasting on channel 13. Chartered in the states of New York and New Jersey, the very first broadcast was introduced by distinguished television journalist Edward R. Murrow. In 1970, local station WNDT merged with program producer and distributor National Educational Television (NET, PBS’ predecessor) to form WNET, the call letters and station you know today.

Archive Description

The mission of the WNET Tape Archive/Library is to collect, preserve and make available production materials and programs that have either been produced or co-produced by WNET, from 1962 to the present, as well as programs produced by its subsidies WLIW and PMNJ and its former entities, NET and WNDT, both of which predate WNET and the creation of PBS.  Although the materials in the collection date back to the 1950s, the tape archive was not established in its current form until December 1998. Since then, the Archive has amassed a vast collection of arts, education and public affairs local and national programming.

Job Description:

This internship will grant a student the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in a media library/archive.  Projects might include working with the Archivist on special projects such as: cataloging and creating metadata for digitized media in WNET’s Media Asset Management system, researching programs for possible inclusion in WNET’s digital distribution platforms, collection management by logging WNET media housed in boxes, metadata enhancement of current catalog records, scanning old program guides and auction catalogs, researching legacy titles and assets, conducting general reference services, and other assigned duties.

Internship Requirements:

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a library or archival sciences graduate program.  Preference will be given to those students pursuing moving image or media archive degrees. Proof of enrollment will be required.

Internships are unpaid.

Intern is expected to work 12-20 hours per week over the course of the Fall semester.

Scheduling is flexible during normal business hours.

Must be able to lift up to 35lbs.

Skills Preferred:

Students should have basic computer skills and a familiarity with Microsoft Office. 

Attention to detail and precision is extremely important.

Professional phone manner and email communication etiquette required.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter along with your proof of enrollment in a graduate degree program to:, subject line = Archive Intern

All internships at WNET are unpaid but can be taken for credit.

Internship offers are contingent upon your passing of our mandatory background check which requires a valid social security number.

WNET is an equal opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. Qualified applicants are considered for employment and internships without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or veteran status.

No phone calls or faxes, please. Only those individuals under consideration will be contacted.



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