Veterans Oral History Project Internship

September 3, 2013 | Jobs & Internships

The New York Public Library’s Outreach Services is seeking an intern for Fall 2013. The intern would work on processing interviews for our Veterans Oral History Project.

This is a community-based, digital oral history project in collaboration with the Library of Congress. The project records the personal accounts of American war veterans so that they may be preserved as part of the national record and future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Interns will have the opportunity to be involved with setting up a digital archive. While conducting oral histories is not the focus of this internship, interns will have some opportunities to do so & will be trained on oral history best practices, and learn recording technology.

For access to the project please visit The NYC Public Library Veterans Oral History Project website.



  • Interns must audio log interviews, create biographic text for the website, and research interview topics as needed. They will also be responsible for sending interviews to the Library of Congress.
  • Additionally, interns may be asked to work on collecting oral histories during NYPL events.
  • Applicants will be expected to contribute at least 6 hours per week through mid-December. Much of this work can be done out-of-office, and the schedule is flexible.


Applicants must demonstrate great attention to detail, organizational skills, effective communication, and have basic computer skills. They must work accurately and productively without supervision. Being aware and responding sensitively to the needs of veterans and their privacy is also necessary.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to emilyjacobson@nypl.org and alexandrakelly@nypl.org by September 18th.