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Digital Motion Picture Preservation Research Intern, Summer 2023 (Gold Rising)  


Job Summary:

The Academy has created and maintains the Academy Digital Preservation Forum (, an online community for stakeholders and practitioners in the digital preservation of motion pictures. It provides a neutral forum conducive to exploring issues and catalyzing discussion around the care of motion pictures, including the future digital preservation of those originally shot on film as well as those “born digital.”

The intern will work with Academy and studio experts in motion picture archiving to expand a timeline of historical milestones and bibliographic citations related to the digital preservation of motion pictures and significant restorations, which will ultimately reside on the ADPF.

This is a limited term internship position beginning in June 2023 through August 2023. The hourly wage for this role is $16.25.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research potential additions to the timeline (such as restorations and technical developments) based on direction and suggestions from ADPF Curatorial Working Group members and other contributors, drafting bibliographic citations and summaries.
  • Make use of Academy library resources to find appropriate references, in the general press as well as specialized periodicals such as American Cinematographer, SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Work with other Science and Technology Council and Academy members and staff, and with outside allied organizations such as universities and film archives.
  • Meet with and interview experts in the field of preservation and archiving, for the purpose of developing content for the site.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Position Requirements

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Enrolled in an accredited bachelor’s or master’s university degree program in film studies, archiving and preservation, library science, or related field, with an interest in working in the entertainment industry.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.8
  • A keen interest in motion picture technology, workflows, and preservation.
  • Ability to work well independently as well as with others and to perform as part of a team.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail with a methodical, academic approach.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English.


If hired, we require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious accommodation is needed as determined on a case-by-case basis.


This internship is part of the Academy’s Gold Rising program, an 8-week internship enhancement program that incorporates learning opportunities including an intensive two-day orientation, weekly panels, exclusive networking events, workshops, screenings, and mentorship opportunities with Academy members. To learn more, please visit:





Full-Time/Part-Time -unspecified-  
Position Digital Motion Picture Preservation Research Intern, Summer 2023 (Gold Rising)  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 1/20/2023  
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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