NYPR Archives Internship, Summer 2018

Internships New York City, New York


Interns at New York Public Radio (NYPR) are given a robust internship program with hands-on responsibilities.  The goal of our internship program is to provide our interns with a substantive, meaningful work experience so that each intern concludes the internship period with demonstrable skills in his/her area of interest, plus knowledge of public radio, in general.

Established in the year 2000, the New York Public Radio Archives are the organization's link to its rich and storied past. The department currently maintains a catalogue of more than 70,000 broadcast recordings, dating from June 1927 to the present. Most of these recordings cover the activities of station WNYC as one of the nation’s earliest public broadcasters, and WQXR as one of the nation’s premier classical-music stations. The Archives also maintains a collection of photographs, memorabilia, reports, news items, program guides, institutional records, and promotional materials.

This internship will provide an opportunity for a qualified student to collaborate with the Archives’ staff on several digitization and access projects.  Over the course of the summer, the intern will learn about audio preservation from the ground up —from cataloging standards, to playback with legacy machines, to final editing for presentation on the station's website. The breadth and depth of tasks at the Archives allow us to be flexible, so our interns can focus on whichever aspect of the asset's life-cycle they find most interesting.

What your internship will entail: 

  • Hands-on experience in archives management
  • Applying analog-to-digital workflows for archival audio preservation
  • Implementing standards-based media cataloguing
  • Contributing to the archives social media presence: writing blog posts or curating its Tumblr page.
  • Restoration and playback of legacy audio materials
  • Duplicating and quality controlling CDs
  • Assisting Archives staff in organizing holdings in the vault
  • Identifying orphan materials


  • Excellent writing skills
  • Familiarity with public radio
  • Interest in audio archives
  • Familiarity with physical and digital audio formats
  • Familiarity with metadata standards such as Dublin Core
  • A good sense of 20th-century history
  • Enrollment in an accredited library school or archives program to earn course credit
  • Consistent availability of at least 15 hours per week
  • Proven willingness to learn new skills

If you would like to be considered for this role you must submit your completed online application, a recent copy of your resume, a cover letter expressing why you would like to join the team at NYPR.

For more information about our Internship Program, please click here.

This job posting closes on Monday, March 26, 2018. 

New York Public Radio must receive all information requested in order to consider your candidacy. 

New York Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites and encourages qualified applicants from all walks of life.