Internship in Jewish Oral History

Intern at work in the editing studio.

 

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project seeks paid interns for the 2015-2016 academic year!

Interns work at the Yiddish Book Center, located on the Hampshire College campus, 10-15 hours per week, for the 2015-2016 academic year.

 

The internship has three 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. Yiddish-language interns will work on processing, translating, and subtitling those interviews conducted in Yiddish. Interns will work closely with the Project's Technical Assistant and Director.

YIDDISH-LANGUAGE INTERN
Job Description:

▪ Create interview logs for oral history interviews conducted in Yiddish or a combination of Yiddish and English.
▪ Identify great stories and excerpts from Yiddish-language interviews for use in web, print, and other outlets using Final Cut Pro (professional video editing program)
▪ Translate into English and subtitle excerpts for online publication
▪ Contribute translations and subtitles to short films
▪ Track interviews and post-interview processing in the project’s customized FileMaker Pro database

Requirements:
▪ Advanced Yiddish
▪ Jewish studies background (or familiarity with modern American and Eastern European 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

TECHNICAL INTERN

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

▪ Preparing DVD versions of interviews
▪ Scanning and processing artifacts
▪ Tracking interviews and post-interview processing in the project’s customized FileMaker Pro database

Requirements:
▪ 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 update and maintain integrated tracking system for a complex workflow and expansive project
▪ Ability to work independently, with low-level supervision

*Note: Cultural and Yiddish-language interns will receive basic training in Final Cut Pro video editing software.

Hours: Cultural and technical interns must work a minimum of 18 hours per week. Yiddish-language interns work 35-40 hours per week. Schedule negotiable during weekday daytime hours.

Compensation: $10 per hour.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Project Director Christa Whitney at tellyourstory@bikher.org by Friday, September 11, 2015. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, so apply early. 

See highlights, browse the collection, and learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project.  For more information, contact tellyourstory@bikher.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!