RML Internships

Regional Media Legacies Project Internships

To be eligible for an RML Internship, students must be a matriculated student in MIAP’s M.A. program. Over the course of two years in the MIAP program, students will complete one Spring internship in their first year, one Summer internship after their first year, and a Fall internship in their second and final year. As part of the RML program, offerings will be provided to students in the matching process that are eligible for support from the RML project. RML Internships conform to the existing MIAP Internship program and its related guidelines.  

Under the guidance of the RML Project Manager and Post-Graduate Fellows, interns will work with organizations or individuals located in Brooklyn, Queens or on Long Island to provide such services as:

  • Inventorying and rehousing media items

  • Cataloging media items

  • Updating metadata for media items

  • Inspecting and repairing media items

  • Investigating copyright issues for media collections or items

  • Writing or implementing preservation plans for media collections

  • Researching vendor reformatting services

  • Researching in-house reformatting setup options

  • Researching sources of funding for preservation and reformatting projects

  • Assisting with grant writing or preparation work for grants related to the preservation of media items

These activities will allow sites to learn more about how to care for their audiovisual collections and safeguard them for the future. Currently, all activities must be performed virtually. Currently, most activities are being performed virtually. New York University is allowing for blended (combination of virtual and in person) work to be done. The RML team is here to support the type of work that a student and internship host site is comfortable with. All onsite work must follow City and University safety guidelines.

Fall 2019 Internship

Brooklyn Historical Society - Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) hosted the first Regional Media Legacies project-funded MIAP intern during the Fall 2019 semester. Founded in 1863, BHS is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS collects, preserves, and makes accessible one of the most comprehensive collection of materials related to Brooklyn’s history and culture.

Under the supervision of Manager of Archives and Special Collections Maggie Schreiner, MIAP intern Matthew Hoffman researched and prepared a grant application for the preservation of audio-visual material in one of BHS’s flagship collections: the Ronald Shiffman collection on the Pratt Center for Community Development. Ron Shiffman is a city planner, architect, and expert in community economic development. The collection documents the broad scope of Shiffman's career from the 1960s to the present, and is a rich source of material pertaining to community-based planning, participatory and advocacy planning, self-help and sweat equity, housing programs and policies, community development corporations, and land use across New York City and internationally. This collection includes hundreds of audio-visual items, including video interviews from Building Hope: The Community Development Corporation Oral History Project, as well as event and conference recordings. 

Matthew Hoffman interned onsite in Fall 2020 at Brooklyn Histrocial Society, find out more information here regarding his work.

Spring 2020 Internships

Booklyn - Brooklyn, NY

Booklyn is an artist-run, non-profit 501 (c) (3), consensus-governed, artists and bookmakers organization headquartered at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Booklyn supports artists and organizations committed to environmental and social justice. They work towards this by documenting, exhibiting, promoting, and distributing their work within educational institutions worldwide. They envision a world in which art and bookmaking are tools for education, personal agency, community engagement, and activism.

Over two decades, Booklyn has created a global network connecting hundreds of artists and organizations with educational institutions. Through that network, Booklyn has distributed thousands of books, artworks, archival collections, and box sets used by an audience reaching into the hundreds of thousands. They work directly with artists and social justice organizations to produce, document, and prepare work for acquisition by leading academic, artistic, and cultural institutions worldwide.

In Spring 2020, MIAP intern Amal Ahmed worked on inventorying and assessing Booklyn co-founder Marshall Weber’s collection of rare video-art, independent film, art historical slides, and music mix-tapes. The material is primarily from the 1980's and consists of activist, alternative, punk, underground artwork, and reportage by notable artists, musicians, and media makers of that time. A subsection of the collection includes material from Artists Television Access during the 1980's. While this internship was disrupted by the pandemic-related lockdown, Ahmed was able to complete a summary report of her work on the collection and continue discussing long term preservation options with Weber.

Amal Ahmed interned onsite in Spring 2020 at Booklyn, find out more information here regarding her work.

Weeksville Heritage Center - Brooklyn, NY

Weeksville Heritage Center is the steward of a 19th century African American historic site located in Brooklyn. In addition to three historic houses with period furnishings interpreted for the general public, the Weeksville Heritage Center’s collections include oral histories, unprocessed institutional records, archaeological artifacts, objects chosen for interpretive purposes, family papers of Weeksville descendents, and research files that compile primary source materials that document historic Weeksville and other free Black communities.

Weeksville Heritage Center identified a number of concerns related to audiovisual and time-based media in their archive. In order to begin addressing these concerns, MIAP intern Madeleine Mendell focused on surveying, documenting, and assessing legacy audiovisual formats (includes VHS, Compact audio cassettes, and 16mm film) and previously digitized materials in processed and unprocessed collections. Mendell was supervised by Collections and Archives Coordinator, Julia Keiser and Oral History Project Manager, Obden Mondesir. While this internship was disrupted by the pandemic-related lockdown, Mendell was able to utilize the information she had already gathered and generated an audiovisual collections summary report.

In Spring 2020, MIAP intern Madeleine Mendell's internship at Weeksville Heritage Center was done in conjunction with a Regional Media Legacies grant from the Gardiner Foundation. At Weeksville, I helped to manage their collections of audiovisual materials, mainly oral histories that have been collected or created by the museum over the years. These important oral histories have preserved the legacy of this historic free Black neighborhood, which has existed since the 1830s, as well as the changing demographics over the past 100 years and lived experiences of its residents. These oral histories also help preserve the legacy of culinary, artistic, and musical heritage of the neighborhood. I helped inspect over 200 items, mainly optical media, in an effort to reconcile their digital and physical storage and to plan a workflow for the production and archival sides of the institution moving forward.

Madeleine Mendell interned onsite in Spring 2020 at Weeksville Heritage Center, find out more information here regarding her work.

Summer 2020 Internship

Regional Media Legacies (RML) Project - New York, NY

The Regional Media Legacies project team supervised a full-time graduate level MIAP intern for 10-weeks beginning in June through early August 2020. This Summer internship, originally intended to be carried out onsite at the Long Island Studies Institute, adjusted to lockdown restrictions during the pandemic and has shifted focus to continuing RML outreach and research efforts.

MIAP student intern Aparna Subramanian worked collaboratively with the RML Project Manager and RML Fellow on outreach to historical organizations on Long Island and New York City (Brooklyn and Queens), assisted with gathering information for a collections assessment report for the LTV Archive, researched components for an audio cassette digitization kit, and led the planning and organization of our pilot webinar Audiovisual Archiving Basics hosted over Zoom for regional collections stewards.

Fall 2020 Internship

Brooklyn Museum - Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Museum Archives offers world class research resources. The Archives contain the primary source documents that detail the history of the Museum and its predecessor institutions. Totaling over 3,200 linear feet of records, they include letters, photographs, bills, layouts, and other documents created by people who worked in all departments, from Audiovisual to Visitor Services. The Archives’ Audiovisual collection numbers over 2,300 items and includes videos, audio tapes, and films that were predominantly created by the Brooklyn Museum from 1972 to 2005. The information held in the audiovisual collection is unique and documents the Museum's history and programs that include under-documented cultures that are of value to a wide and varied audience. Content includes documentation of installations and lectures, public programming and symposia, interviews with artists and curators, research done in the field, television programs, and publicity materials. 

Under the supervision of Museum Archivist Molly Seegers, MIAP intern Zoe Yang will assist with the ingest of recently digitized materials: following then streamlining and updating policies and procedures around the ingest of digital assets; migrating, cleaning, and adding technical, descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata to object records in the DAMS and the video database that is stipulated in the metadata profile. This work will include following the established procedures for ingest of digitized videos and suggesting areas of improvement. Arriving after the tenure of the museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Media Conservation, the intern will have exposure to institutional change in how digital media in other departments is managed and stored.