Archival Intern

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ARChive of Contemporary Music
54 White Street
New York, NY
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 2 Part-time, Unpaid

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Idle hands are the devil's workshop. Why not spend your semester sorting awesome records, digitizing rare books and helping out one of the hippest non-profit libraries around? Established in 1985, the ARChive of Contemporary Music has grown to over 2 million recordings, making it the largest popular music collection in the United States. In addition to recorded music, we also collect books, magazines, music memorabilia and more. Our simple goal is to preserve popular music from around the world for future generations. For more information about the archive, visit or check out our blog at

All internships are unpaid, but we are certainly willing to help you meet any requirements to receive course credit. Time requirements are flexible--all we ask is that you are available for at least one full day (11:00-6:00) per work week.


Interns while away the hours helping out with our day-to-day activities. Some of your duties will include cataloging CDs in our Filemaker Pro database, digitizing books and processing incoming donations. Interns may also have the opportunity to help with our biannual record sale fundraiser in December. This is always a lively event and is a major source of income for the archive. Interns who work during the sale usually receive a small stipend for lunch.


Do you collect records? Are you an aspiring librarian, archivist or music historian? Are you organized, reliable, detail-oriented, capable of working independently and an all-around swell person? If you answered "yes!" then you are probably exactly who we are looking for.

We especially appreciate individuals with prior experience in cataloging, internet research, or data entry. Individuals with immediate or nearly-immediate availability will be given priority, but we are always looking for candidates, so if you can't begin working for a semester or two, apply anyway.

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