The NYC Department of Environmental Protection Records and Archives Management Unit has 3 summer internship openings.
The DEP Archives is responsible for collecting, preserving, and providing access to historical records documenting the activities of the Department of Environmental Protection and its predecessor agencies. Among its most important records are those related to the development and operation of New York City’s immense water supply and distribution system—records that are historically significant to engineering, science, and the City, and also critical to continuing operations. This internship is an opportunity to work with vitally important archives and gain real-world knowledge of managing records that support local government. DEP Archives digitization projects improve access to information about DEP structures and facilitate the planning of new capital construction such as the $1 billion Delaware Aqueduct Bypass Tunnel and rehabilitation projects like the $750 million Ashokan Infrastructure upgrade.
Digitization Interns (3 positions): Job ID 2018-1717. The selected candidates will work with the Records and Archives Management team to digitize engineering drawings and large format film and glass plate negatives related to the planning and construction of the New York City water supply system. Tasks will focus on scanning, creating descriptive inventories, and performing quality control. Internships will provide experience in the technical aspects of digitization as well as familiarity with imaging standards, metadata, project planning, and digital asset management. Other responsibilities may include conducting research in support of user requests, creating social media content, and assisting with other archives projects.
Preferred Skills: Interest in New York City history, government records, or engineering. Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent organizational and planning skills, detail-oriented, self-motivated, able to work well following a written project plan with minimal supervision, and capable of identifying and communicating project issues as they arise. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of applications, particularly Excel. Previous experience digitizing archival records and using Adobe Photoshop a plus.
Qualifications: Interns must currently be enrolled at a college/university at the graduate level pursuing a degree in information and library science, archival studies, history, or related field, and must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
Compensation and Duration: Interns will be paid $15.30 an hour. The positions require a full-time commitment (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) for the duration of the internship: 10 weeks from June 4 through August 10, 2018. Ideally, candidates would be interested in continuing employment after the summer internship period on a part-time basis.
Work Location: The Archives is located on the east side of midtown Manhattan.
To Apply: In order to be eligible you must apply through the City of New York website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/job_opportunities/icims_internships.shtml. Search for internship listing 2018-1717. Please include cover letter and resume—applicants who do not include a cover letter clearly stating their qualifications and why they are interested in the position will not be considered. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 6, 2018 at 5pm.
For more information about NYC Environmental Protection, please visit our website at www.nyc.gov/dep. Also:
DEP Archives on Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/nycwater/sets/72157647118511120/
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Twitter – https://twitter.com/nycwater
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/nycwater/