Get Involved

The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project offers volunteer positions, as well as internships for college students and recent graduates.

There are several ways to be a part of the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project. Opportunities include:

 

•Full-time Positions

Assistant Video Editor 

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project seeks an experienced and committed full-time assistant video editor to provide on-site technical support for the ongoing processing of the Wexler Oral History Project’s rapidly expanding digital collection of one- to two-hour in-depth oral history interviews about Yiddish language and culture.

Job Description:

  • Process and edit video oral history interviews
  • Manage on-site and off-site storage and back-ups of large and expanding digital video archive to ensure long-term preservation and access
  • Assist in development and promotion of oral history short film series
  • Train post-production oral history interns in video editing and Project-specific workflow
  • Supervise oral history interns in daily work
  • Manage and help to develop oral history internship program 
  • Edit, co-direct, and assist in promotion of oral history-based web features and short films 
  • Videography and technical support for recording of on-site oral history interviews 
  • Coordinate day-to-day priorities within post-production and archival processes, in conjunction with Project’s long-term goals as defined by Project Director

Requirements:

  • Minimum three years of video editing experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask
  • Proficiency in Premiere Pro
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, GoogleDrive, and electronic communications
  • Experience working in Mac environment
  • Ability to update and maintain integrated tracking system for a complex workflow and expansive project
  • Ability to work independently, with low-level supervision 
  • Curiosity about secular Jewish culture and Yiddish 
  • Commitment to Project mission 
  • Flexibility and sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous work experience with digital collections or archives
  • Film production experience 
  • Supervisory experience 
  • Familiarity with Yiddish, Jewish history and culture 
  • Proficiency in any of the following software programs employed by the Project: Final Cut Pro 7, FileMaker Pro, Compressor, Handbrake, DVD Studio Pro, ProTools, Avid, Drobo Dashboard, Carbon Copy Cloner, BagIt, DiskTracker, TeamViewer, Amazon Glacier, MPEG Streamclip

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Christa Whitney at [email protected].

 

• Internships

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: a technical track, a cultural-content track, specific language tracks, and a special position as part of a NEH grant-funded project.

Technical interns edit and upload video footage of interviews (not available Fall 2018).

Cultural-content interns time-code full-length interviews, identify interesting clips, and curate video material for 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. 

Language specialist interns work on processing, translating, and subtitling interviews that are conducted in Yiddish, Polish, or other languages in the collection. All interns work closely with the Project's editor or NEH oral history project coordinator and director.

Cultural-Content Intern

Cultural-content interns time-code full-length interviews, identify interesting clips, and curate video material for 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.

Job Description:

  • Create interview logs for oral history interviews conducted in English
  • Identify great stories and excerpts from interviews for use in web, print, and other outlets using Adobe Premiere (professional video editing program)

Requirements:

  • 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*

*Note: Cultural interns will receive basic training in Adobe Premiere video editing software.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

• Volunteers

We are seeking volunteers to serve as shraybers, or oral history field processors, to help us mine our growing oral history collection for great stories and make them accessible to the world, working from their home computers. This opportunity is open to qualified applicants across the country and beyond. 

Job description

  • Write abstracts summarizing oral history interviews (original recordings in English, Yiddish, Spanish, Polish, Russian, or German)
  • Identify great moments as potential excerpts by timecode as you watch the interview
  • Assign keywords based on a standardized list, adding interview-specific terms

Time commitment

  • Three to five hours of online training on Sunday, June 19, 2016, and another Sunday in the summer of 2016, date to be determined
  • Process ten to twenty interviews per year (one or two per month, approximately two to six hours per interview)
  • Minimum one-year commitment

Requirements

  • Interest in Jewish stories
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of Jewish and Yiddish culture
  • Ability to write a strong, engaging, and concise summary of an interview
  • Comfort with word processing, using e-mail, and accessing the Internet
  • Successful completion of training

General Qualifications

  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to work independently with low-level supervision by the project coordinator

Note on languages: We are seeking applicants with knowledge of Yiddish, Spanish, Russian, Polish, and German to work. However, you do not need to know Yiddish or other languages to do this work for our English-language interviews. 

If you are interested, please fill out the application online here.

Please address all inquiries to the Wexler Oral History Project staff at [email protected].