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Archives Experiential Education Listings

The JDC Archives is the institutional repository of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization since its founding in 1914. With over 3 miles of records documenting JDC’s global rescue, relief, and renewal work in over 90 countries during the past century, the JDC Archives is one of the world’s most significant collections for the study of modern Jewish history.

We are excited to work with students across disciplines. For the Spring 2017 semester, we currently offer a Photograph Collection Opportunity, Processing Opportunity, and a Records Management Opportunity. All opportunities are unpaid, but there are opportunities to attend staff meetings and educational workshops. An expected schedule is 12-20 hours per week. Options are available in the NY office located in midtown Manhattan and in our offsite facility in Long Island City.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to archivesinterns@jdc.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Experiential Education Listings

Spring 2017 JDC Archives Photo Collection Opportunity

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives’ Photo Collection contains over 100,000 images. These photographs offer a rich historical overview of JDC’s relief activities over the past century in 90 countries. More than 60,000 photographs have already been digitally scanned. We seek students for an experiential education opportunity to assist with image cataloguing and preservation. The broad range of countries and topics in our scope of this collection, which encompasses regions and time periods such as postwar Germany, 1950’s North Africa and 1960s-70s Israel, allows us to tailor projects to different interests.

Responsibilities include:

Special Projects:

  • Adding to our online database the following photo collections: 
    • Community life, education and health services provided to Tunisian Jews from the 1950s-70s.
    • Post-WWII Jewish refugees living in Displaced Persons Camps in Austria and Germany.
    • Youth and elderly care programs in 1960’s Israel.
    • Assorted collections of JDC activities in Jewish communities of Bulgaria, Hungary, India, and many others.
  • Preparing unprocessed images documenting JDC activities in 20 countries (1940’s-70’s) with emphases on Israel, France, Germany and Iran for digitization and preservation.   


Responsibilities include:

  • Creating metadata and integrating new photographs into cataloguing system.
  • Conducting research and fact-checking to enrich descriptive data for photographs.

Qualifications:

Proficiency in Word and Excel required. Familiarity with database procedures is recommended. Preferred candidates will have completed at least one semester of graduate work in archival, museum, or library studies, or art history. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and have a basic knowledge of photographic history.

Spring 2017 JDC Archives Records Management Opportunity

The JDC Archives offers an internship opportunity in its records management initiative at its global headquarters in New York.

Responsibilities include:

This internship will introduce the candidate to basic records management and archival principles and practices, including the life cycle of JDC’s institutional records, and involve them in all aspects of building out records management policies and procedures.

Responsibilities include working with JDC staff to review and update the record retention schedules for JDC’s New York headquarters and collaborating with the Archives to develop effective practices to train global JDC personnel in implementation procedures.

Qualifications:

Candidate must have completed at least one semester of coursework in archives or library science. Strong organizational, analytical, and communication skills. Self-starter and detail-oriented. Interest in records management, archives, information management, or library science. Familiarity with 20th-century Jewish history is a plus.

Spring 2017 JDC Archives Processing Opportunity

We seek students who are interested in gaining archival processing experience. The broad geographic and programmatic scope of our institutional records allows us to tailor projects to different interests.

Responsibilities include:

  • Arrange, rehouse, and describe unprocessed records of JDC’s activities around the world, including Israel, the Soviet Union, Tunisia, and Yugoslavia, from the past three decades.
  • Prepare collections for off-site storage.
  • Database cleanup, such as deleting duplicate records and conducting quality control on file names and subject terms.
  • Contribute to collections management procedures and documentation.
  • Other special projects as they arise

Qualifications:

Proficiency in Word and Excel required.Familiarity with database procedures is recommended. Candidate must have completed at least one semester of coursework in archives or library science. Interest in Jewish history preferred.

Career Opportunities

JDC’s worldwide staff is comprised of dedicated professionals who represent some of the best practices within the fields of community development and social service.

If you are interested in a position in the Archives Department, check out our available opportunities below.

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