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Moving Image Department Internships

The Moving Image Department at the George Eastman Museum offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students of cinema who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge in the archival treatment of moving images and related collections. Internships are offered to students who have training and experience in moving image preservation, cinema studies, paper conservation, or archival studies. Solid research, analytical, computer, and writing skills are required. Internships encourage students to explore careers related to the preservation and access of archival moving image collections and motion picture history.

Internships are offered during the summer, from July through August. Interns must schedule their work Monday through Thursday during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Course credit must be negotiated in advance of the internship, and requires the approval of the intern’s academic institution. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week for 8 weeks. Stipends are not offered. 

Internship projects may be offered in the following areas, subject to availability:

  • Cataloging and Metadata. Assigned projects are aimed at improving and enhancing catalog records in TMS (The Museum System) and in our local FileMaker Pro Stills Archive Collections Database. Work may involve data entry clean-up, assigning subject and name access points, preparing descriptive summaries, performing biographical research on art and artists’ authority files, and reviewing catalog records for accuracy.
  • Collections Digitization. Assigned projects are designed to enhance availability of collections through digitization and website access. Possible assignments include assisting with scanning and digital curating activities; entering data in the museum’s Digital Collections Database; preparing technical and administrative documentation; testing digitization workflows; and assisting with interface design, usability studies, and related web development activities.
  • Collection Management. Assigned projects are focused on inventory, inspection, identification, rehousing, locating, and cataloging of 35mm and 16mm film elements. Film handling experience is required.
  • Curatorial. Assigned projects may include archival film research, assistance with moving image exhibitions (label and text preparation, installation), and research for upcoming publications.
  • Stills, Posters and Paper Collection. Assigned projects are focused on archival processing, cataloging, and digitization of artifacts related to the history and exhibition of motion pictures, such as publicity stills, lobby cards, pressbooks, glass lantern slides, music cue sheets, and posters. 

How to Apply

Application packages must include all of the following to receive consideration:

  • A completed MID Intern Application [Download PDF Here]
  • A letter of intent;
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae detailing your experience, career interests, and internship goals;
  • Two letters of recommendation. 

Send complete package by mail or e-mail to:

Intern Coordinator
Moving Image Department
George Eastman Museum
900 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607-2298

Applications must be received by April 15. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.