NYCLU – Archival Internship Opportunity – Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The NYCLU is a statewide organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights for all New Yorkers. Archival interns will assist the Archives & Records Coordinator in the processing of records boxes at the NYCLU’s offsite storage facility.

Summary of Position:
The NYCLU has recently initiated an archives and records program, the initial phase of which involves processing records boxes at our offsite storage facility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Material of historic value will then be transferred to a university archive, where NYCLU records will be open to researchers for the first time in its 60 year history!
We are looking for interns to help with this monumental phase of the project. Interns will gain hands on experience weeding, arranging, appraising and cataloging archival material. Additionally, since the program is still in its infancy, interns will be able to experience the challenges and accomplishments of creating an archives program from the ground up, and have an opportunity to contribute with their expertise. The internship is unpaid, but may be taken for course credit.

Position Responsibilities:
• Assists the Archives & Records Coordinator in weeding and arranging archival material.
• Catalogs records boxes and inputs folder level metadata into a FileMaker Pro database.
• Flags material for secure document destruction, on-site retention or permanent transfer
• Performs some basic preservation practices to certain materials.
• Assists with building up the database – creating controlled vocabulary lists and modifying layouts to improve productivity.
• Flags records of significance for possible digitization.

• Must be currently enrolled in an MLS/MLIS program.
• Must be able to commit to 1 day a week, 9-4, Wednesday-Friday, for a minimum total of 100 hours.
• Should have an interest in archives and records management centers in non-traditional library settings.
• Some knowledge of legal documents is preferred.
• Must be able to work around dust and in a (sometimes chilly) warehouse, lift at least 50 lbs, and not be afraid to get their hands dirty!

Applicants should email their cover letter and resume to with “Archival Internship” in the subject heading. Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled.
The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.