WITNESS Internship

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Erin Gardner

Erin Gardner

Office Service Coordinator



80 Hanson Place 5th Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11217

Tel: 718.783.2000 x301 Fax: 718.783.1593


Media Archive Internship
Spring 2010 Internship (unpaid)

WITNESS uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. We empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change. www.witness.org


WITNESS is offering unpaid internships in our Media Archive. Interns work under the supervision of an archivist to provide general assistance and perform a range of tasks while acquiring skills in a fast-paced advocacy-oriented production and human rights archive.

This is a good internship for students interested in hands-on, in-depth cataloging experience; working with unedited, unpublished footage; working in a dynamic production environment; and working with documentary or nonfiction materials.

All interns are expected to spend between 20-30% of their time engaged in administrative support. Other tasks may include screening/logging/transcribing footage, cataloging archival media in an in-house database, researching the collection for clients and staff, digitization projects, and post-production support

Potential interns should be undergraduates or graduate students. We especially look for a focus in studies of moving image archives, library science, archival studies, human rights, international relations, and media production.

Candidates should have:

Familiarity with foreign affairs and international politics;
Strong written English skills;
Experience or strong interest in working in an archival setting;
Experience with or strong interest in working with visual media.

Other desirable qualifications include:

Experience or skills in video production or digital media;
Fluency in Spanish, French or other foreign language;
Knowledge of Filemaker databases;
Knowledge of metadata or cataloging standards or protocols.

The WITNESS Media Archive is the repository for over 3000 hours of original raw footage from human rights NGOs around the world, as well as over 50 original documentary productions.

To Apply

No phone inquiries please. We prefer applications by email to internship@witness.org, including a resume and cover letter.

We require a minimum three month commitment, 15 hours per week. Positions are based in our Fort Greene, Brooklyn office. Internships are unpaid.

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017


Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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