Internship in Jewish Oral History

Intern at work in the editing studio.



The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project seeks paid technical interns for Spring 2015 semester!

Interns work at the Yiddish Book Center, located on the Hampshire College campus, 8-12 hours per week.


The internship has two tracks: interns will work primarily on the technical aspects of the project (editing and uploading video footage of interviews) or the cultural content (time-coding full-length interviews, identifying interesting clips, and curating video material to make it more accessible to viewers in our online archive). Applicants with a strong background in both film editing and Jewish history and culture will be able to work on both the cultural and technical aspects of the project. Interns will work closely with the Project's Technical Assistant and Director.


Job Description:
▪ Editing, preparing, exporting, and uploading full interviews and excerpts using Final Cut Pro (professional video editing program)

▪ Video-editing experience, preferably on Final Cut Pro 7
▪ Comfort with technology
▪ Interest in learning new software/applications
▪ Interest in oral history/ethnography/Jewish culture
▪ Attention to detail
▪ Excellent listening skills
▪ Ability to work independently, with low-level supervision


Note: There are currently no open positions for cultural interns for the Spring 2015 semester.

Job Description:
▪ Identifying great stories and excerpts of interviews for use in web, print, and other outlets using Final Cut Pro (professional video editing program)
▪ Tracking interviews and post-interview processing in the project’s customized FileMaker Pro database

▪ Jewish studies background (or familiarity with modern Jewish and Yiddish culture and history)
▪ Interest in oral history/ethnography
▪ Comfort with technology – interest in learning new software/applications*
▪ Attention to detail
▪ Excellent listening skills
▪ Ability to update and maintain integrated tracking system for a complex workflow and expansive project
▪ Ability to work independently, with low-level supervision

*Note: Cultural interns will receive basic training Final Cut Pro video editing software.

Hours: Cultural and technical interns must work a minimum of 10 hours per week. Schedule negotiable during weekday daytime hours.

Compensation: $10 per hour.

Possibility for continued employment through summer 2015.  Work-study preferred.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Technical Assistant Emily Felder at by Friday, January 23rd, 2014. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. 

Watch excerpts and learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project.  For more information, contact
We look forward to hearing from you!