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Oral History Collections Intern 


The Academy Oral History Projects Department ( invites moving image archive studies or library science graduate students to apply for the Oral History Collections summer internship.

We are seeking an organized, enthusiastic intern to assist the Oral History Projects department in the development of a large preservation and access initiative specifically for oral histories with filmmakers. The focus will be in preparing audiovisual interviews that have been deposited at the Academy Film Archive for future access.  For more information on these collections, please go to

Supervised by the Manager of Oral History Projects and working in collaboration with the OHP Archivist/Coordinator & temporary Project Archivist, the intern will focus on projects that include: collection processing, interview logging and metadata capture, and organization of related material such as transcripts, images, clips, and interview summaries. The intern will also have the opportunity to provide input into project development, specifically, the Motion Picture Oral History Digital Archive (MPOHDA), and the creation of a controlled vocabulary specific to film industry-related interviews. This position offers the opportunity to learn the functional and operational aspects of an archival oral history initiative.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assisting Project Archivist with assessing and processing collections
  • Inventory of access copies of audiovisual materials
  • Gathering images and highlight clips
  • Photo cataloging and curation
  • Drafting interview summaries, abstracts and bios
  • Interview logging and indexing
  • Assisting with organization of controlled vocabulary terms
  • Testing oral history metadata/indexing tools for future use
  • Writing collection profiles and Academy Collection blogs

About OHP:

The Academy Oral History Projects (OHP) department records, collects and preserves personal spoken accounts that provide insight into the art, science and craft of motion picture creation. The department is actively bringing together more than 900 dispersed oral history interviews (totaling over 4,135 hours) about filmmaking craft by providing storage, cataloging, and preservation through the Academy Film Archive. To make these collections more accessible to researchers and the general public, materials are being prepared for inclusion in a Motion Picture Oral History Digital Archive (MPOHDA), where they will be indexed and accessed through a web-based portal.

This internship is based at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood, so the intern will need access to transportation to Hollywood. The intern will be expected to commit 28 hrs. per week from approximately June 12 - August 18, 2017.


Position Requirements
  • Enrollment in a moving image archive studies or library science program
  • 3.0 grade point average
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Position Oral History Collections Intern  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 3/24/2017  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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