Photo Archives and Digital Asset Management Intern – Wildlife Conservation Society – Bronx Zoo

wcs archivesNumber of openings: 2
Reports To: Library & Archives Director
Duration: Minimum of 13 weeks between September 8th and December 19th, 2014
Schedule: Hours must be scheduled between Monday – Friday
Hours: 8 hours a week, scheduled between 9:00am – 5:00pm, for a total minimum of 104 hours Application deadline: Review of applications starts August 18, 2014, with a final deadline of September 1, 2014


The Wildlife Conservation Society Archives (located at the Bronx Zoo) is currently accepting applications for a Photo Archives and Digital Asset Management Internship from graduate students preparing for careers in libraries, archives, museums, or related cultural institutions.

Under the guidance of the WCS Institutional Archivist and Digital Resources Manager, the Photo Archives and Digital Asset Management Intern will gain experience in the care and management of historical and modern photo collections. Activities include digitizing historical prints according to professional standards; overseeing the ingest of current photo assets into WCS’s digital asset management system; and researching and recording metadata about current and historical photographic materials. While WCS Archives internships are unpaid, we are happy to work with academic institutions so that students can get academic credit for their internship. Interns should be able to commit at least 104 hours to the internship.


Experience to be gained includes but is not limited to:

-working knowledge of the ingest, cataloging, storage, retrieval, and distribution of digital assets in a Digital Asset Management system -experience with professional digitization standards, and with photo software and scanning software -familiarity with standard metadata schema and vocabularies -the creation of one or more posts documenting the internship for Wild Things, the WCS Archives Blog


-enrollment in or recent completion of graduate program in library science, museum studies, or a related field -experience with archival collections and/or photographic materials is preferred


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Application Instructions

For full consideration of your application, interested individuals should submit a resume and a statement of interest describing what you hope to bring to the internship and gain from the experience.

Please email your statement of interest and resume to:, specify “Photo Archives and Digital Asset Management Intern” in the subject of your email.

About the Organization

Founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, the Wildlife Conservation Society is committed to saving wildlife and wild places worldwide. This initiative is carried out through science, global conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Documenting the history of this work, the WCS Archives includes records related to the histories of the Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, international field work projects, and other WCS institutions and activities.