Thursday, April 7, 2011

Internship - NYC Environmental Protection

NYC Environmental Protection – Summer 2011 Internships

Repository Description: The DEP Archives is responsible for historical records documenting the development and operation of New York City’s immense water supply and distribution system. Not only are these records historically important to engineering, science, and New York City, but they are also critical to the continuing operation of the NYC water supply system.

The Archives’ records span over 175 years and include engineering/architectural drawings, photography, and administrative records such as central subject files, progress reports, and engineering computations. The collection includes 750 flat file drawers of drawings, an additional 320 tubes of rolled drawings, upwards of 30,000 photographs and over 5,000 cubic feet of boxed records.

Job Description: This is a great opportunity to work with vitally important archival records and to gain real-world knowledge of managing records in local government. Tremendous progress has been made since DEP initiated a formal Archives clean-up project in 2001. However there are still large bodies of material that need detailed inventories in order to make these unique records accessible.

Projects will depend on the intern’s skill sets and interests but will primarily focus on inventorying drawings, photography or boxed records. Other job responsibilities include digitizing/copying collections, conducting research for user requests and assisting the Archives’ staff with other administrative, archival and records management tasks as needed.

Qualifications: Candidates must be enrolled or recently graduated from a college/university program in a related field (Library Science, History, etc.) to be eligible. Must be motivated, flexible and have a genuine interest in archives, local history, architecture/engineering, or related. Interns must be detail-oriented, have excellent communication and organizational skills and be able to work independently. Must be computer literate: MS Excel is required, Adobe Photoshop and MS Access desirable. Interns must be able to lift/move 25-40 pound boxes.

Compensation: Internships are unpaid and run from June 2011 – August 2011. A minimum commitment of 2 days per week/150 hours total is required.

Location: The Archives is located on the east side of Manhattan.

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter with your availability and two references by email to:

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