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The Academy’s Oral History Projects department is seeking an organized and enthusiastic Intern to assist and support the Oral History Projects department with a large preservation and access initiative focused on oral history interviews with notable filmmakers. The internship will focus on preparing audiovisual interviews that have been deposited at the Academy’s Film Archive for future access by scholars, researchers, curators, and the general public.
Under the guidance of the Senior Archivist, Oral History Projects, you will focus on collections research and processing, data entry and inventorying, and generating reports regarding the content and scope of archival collections. You will also conduct research focused on the lives and careers of the filmmakers documented in the collections and provide input on the development of an Oral History Digital Archive project. This Internship offers the opportunity to learn the functional and operational aspects of an archival oral history initiative.  This is a virtual, limited internship position beginning in June through August 2021.
Responsibilities include: Assist the Senior Archivist with assessing and processing collections. Inventory and process legacy records (paper & electronic). Write interview summaries, abstracts and bios, and collection profiles. Gather data and reporting statistics about archival collections and content.


Undergraduate (junior or senior) or community college film student with a strong interest in moving image archival studies or library science with a focus on audiovisual archives. Live in or attend college in Los Angeles County.  Availability to fulfill 400 paid hours over the course of twelve weeks between June and August 2020, not including optional and required educational events. Strong interest in and knowledge of international film history.  Prior experience or strong interest in learning cataloging/ file management and data entry. Familiarity with spreadsheets (including Excel and Google Docs) and the ability/interest to learn new software quickly. Strong communication skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and solve problems as they arise.


The Academy Foundation organizes and oversees the educational, cultural, and preservation programs of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This includes the Academy Film Archive, Margaret Herrick Library, and the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, opening in April 2021. The Academy’s Oral History Projects department records, collects, and preserves audio and visual interviews with the professionals who form the rich fabric of filmmaking history – from designers, documentarians, and executives to actors, animators, technicians, and composers. 

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume or CV through https://www.oscars.org/careers