NYC Department of Environmental Protection Archives Summer 2020 Internships

Position Type – Paid Internship
Does this position satisfy requirements for course credits? – Yes
Hourly wage range $18- $25
Supervisor Title (All student, intern, and volunteer position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.)-Digital Collections Archivist or Research and Processing Archivist

NYC Department of Environmental Protection Archives Summer 2020 Internships

Repository Description

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enriches the environment and protects public health for all New Yorkers by providing 1.1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water daily, managing wastewater and stormwater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. The water supply system comprises 22 reservoirs and controlled lakes throughout the system’s 2,000 square mile watershed.

The Records and Archives Management unit supports DEP in managing the agency’s records and information, and collects, organizes, protects, and provides access to records having long-term business and historical value to DEP and the City of New York. It is a valuable resource for information about DEP including the work of its predecessor agencies dating back to the 19th century. Our digitization and processing projects improve access to information and facilitate the planning of billion-dollar capital construction and rehabilitation projects including the Delaware Aqueduct Bypass Tunnel, Kensico-Eastview Connection, and Ashokan Century Program, as well as land use activities, facilities maintenance, and other operations.

Internship Description

Records and Archives Management Interns (2 positions): Job ID 430405. The selected candidates will digitize and create metadata for Board of Water Supply engineering design calculations (1900-1975) to support key DEP initiatives, including a major upgrade of all infrastructure at Ashokan Reservoir and an analysis of the entire DEP water tunnel systems by the Office of the Agency Chief Engineer. In addition to gaining experience with digitization, metadata creation, and quality control, interns may conduct research in support of user requests, create social media content, and assist with other archives projects.

Preferred Skills

– Interest in New York City history, government records, or civil engineering
– Ability to read handwriting and transcribe historical technical documents
– Strong communication skills
– Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills
– Self-motivated and able to work well following a written project plan with minimal supervision
– Capable of identifying and communicating project issues as they arise
– Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of applications, particularly Excel

Qualifications: Interns must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in information and library science, archival studies, history, or related field at an accredited college or university.

Compensation and Duration:
Interns will be paid $17/hour. The positions require a full-time commitment (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) for the duration of the internship: 11 weeks from June 1 through August 14, 2020.

Work Location: East side of midtown Manhattan.

To Apply: In order to be eligible you must apply through the City of New York website: Search by Job ID 430405. 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 3, 2020 at 5pm, though we will start reviewing applications earlier.

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