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Film Archive Extern - Summer 2021 


The Academy Film Archive extern will get an inside look at how one of the largest, most prominent film repositories in the world is continuing to collect, inventory, catalog, and make accessible film, video, and digital assets in the midst of an ongoing pandemic.

This unpaid externship will take place virtually over the summer and has a flexible schedule.



  • Attend and observe a variety of virtual archive discussions including general staff meetings, departmental meetings, new offers meetings, project-based meetings, and potential meetings with filmmakers and prospective donors.
  • Opportunities for in-depth conversations with archive professionals and departments who will provide a detailed view of their specific roles within the organization while providing opportunity to ask questions about the field.
  • Virtually shadow staff to learn how the Academy Film Archive performs day-to-day archival work such as creating new acquisition records, inventorying and cataloging media, drafting deeds of gift, preserving moving image materials, and fulfilling film loan requests.
Position Requirements
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • A desire to work in film conservation and preservation.
  • An inherent interest in film history.


The Academy’s Gold Rising program (formerly Academy Gold) is an 8-week internship enhancement program that incorporates learning opportunities for a nationwide pool of diverse talent. Externs will not be part of the Academy’s Gold Rising program formally but will have the opportunity to participate in some select programming such as select panels and Lunch & Learn sessions. Both Academy Externships and Gold Rising will be held virtually. To learn more, please visit:

Full-Time/Part-Time -unspecified-  
Position Film Archive Extern - Summer 2021  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 4/23/2021  
Location Hollywood  
About the Organization The Academy is the world's preeminent movie related organization, comprised of 9,000+ accomplished individuals working in cinema. We recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium 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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