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MIAP Internship Program

MIAP Internship Program Information

NYU's new graduate program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation accepted its first students in the Fall of 2003. The two–year course of study trains future professionals to manage and preserve collections of film, video, new media, and other digital works. The program provides prospective collection managers and archivists with an international, comprehensive education in the theories, methods, and practices of moving image archiving and preservation. The curriculum covers all aspects of moving image archiving, including: Film History/Historiography and Film Style; Conservation, Preservation, Storage, and Management; Legal Issues and Copyright; Laboratory Techniques; Moving Image Cataloging; Curatorial Work and Museum Programming; New Media and other Digital Technologies; and Access to Archival Holdings.

The program is designed to provide students with maximum practical experience through working relationships with a wide variety of archives, museums, libraries, labs, arts organizations, and production entities. Each semester and summer, students are required to carry out internships. The semester internships are NY-based; international internships and those outside of NY are encouraged for the summer. Also, it is expected that students will undertake projects at the organizations in NY and elsewhere as part of other on-going coursework. This interaction will provide valuable assistance to the organizations, essential experience for students, and will enhance exchange and collaboration between the NYU program and the larger moving image preservation community.

For internships, students will work in a mentoring relationship with a preservation professional. The internship project must contribute substantially to the studentŐs learning, and the sponsor can expect a worker that will bring dedication and focus to his or her tasks, and who is intensely engaged with issues of moving image preservation.

Students are expected, over the two years, to obtain experience with both film and television/video, and to work with both laboratory practices and collection management. While the program is focused primarily on media preservation, it is with an understanding of the importance of ancillary materials that may exist in other forms.

Examples of internship work will include, but not be limited to, such tasks as:

  • assessing a collection
  • sorting and organization of a collection
  • cataloging media or related materials
  • inspection, cleaning, and/or repair of moving image materials
  • tasks relating to media re-formatting
  • writing treatment plans

Fall/ Spring Internships

  • Time commitment of 15 hours of work a week over a 14–week period. Will be finalized during the semester prior to the internship.
    • If any internship hours are missed during this 14–week period due to MIAP class trips or for some other reason, the supervisor and student are expected to negotiate if and how those hours will be made up.
  • Through weekly internship meetings, faculty support the students in their learning goals, providing guidance, information, and skills–building that will directly impact the quality of their internship work.
  • Students have to complete three assignments for their internship class: a statement of goals at the beginning of the internship, a mid-term report, and a final summary.
  • At the end of the internship period, the supervisor will be asked by the MIAP program to complete an evaluation of the intern and internship experience.

Summer Internships

  • Require about 35 hours of work a week over a 10 week period, and will be finalized in March preceding the summer internship.
  • Internship supervisors will be asked to review and sign off on two assignments that students are required to complete and submit to NYU MIAP: a one–page statement of goals at the beginning of the internship and a 3-page internship summary at the end.
  • At the end of the internship period, supervisors will also be asked to complete an evaluation of the intern and internship experience.

Though not required, paid internships and travel subsidies are encouraged.

Coursework projects will be more informal, and may take place in organizations who have significant moving image collections but do not have preservation professionals on staff. There are no minimum requirements for length of time and hours; mutual expectations will be negotiated by the students and the site. Faculty will work with students to suggest organizations that will be a good fit between student and organizational needs.

The MIAP Program is maintaining a database of organizations interested in hosting formal internships and informal project–based workers. Sites are added on an on–going basis and we welcome new prospects.

For more information on internships and related opportunities, please contact:

Alicia Kubes, Administrative Coordinator
Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program
Department of Cinema Studies
Tisch School of the Arts
665 Broadway, Rm. 637
New York NY 10012
phone: 212 998 1618
fax: 212 995 4061