Internship in Jewish Oral History

Intern at work in the editing studio.

 

We offer internships for college students and recent graduates during the academic year and summers. Interns work at the Yiddish Book Center, adjacent to the Hampshire College campus, eight to twelve hours per week during the academic year or more during the summer.

The internship has several tracks: interns work primarily on the technical aspects of the project (editing and uploading video footage of interviews) or on 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 strong backgrounds in both film editing and Jewish history and culture can work on both the cultural and technical aspects of the project. Yiddish-language interns work on processing, translating, and subtitling those interviews conducted in Yiddish. Interns will work closely with the Project's technical assistant and director.

Cultural Intern

Job Description:

  • Create interview logs for oral history interviews.
  • Identify great stories and excerpts of interviews for use in web, print, and other outlets using Final Cut Pro (professional video editing program)
  • Track interviews and post-interview processing in the project’s customized FileMaker Pro database

Requirements:

  • 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

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 eight hours per week. Cap on hours per week depends on work-study status and internship track. Schedule negotiable during weekday daytime hours.

Compensation: $10 per hour.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Oral History Administrative Assistant Natalie King at tellyourstory@yiddishbookcenter.org. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, so apply early.