Archivist/Library Intern


Internship Description

ICTJ seeks an Archivist/Library Intern with interest in promoting social justice in diverse contexts for its Communications Unit. This internship is based in ICTJ's New York City office and is ideal for graduate or undergraduate students in their junior or senior year who are interested in library and/or archival studies and who can design and implement a system for archiving publications, photographs, and other assets.


The Archivist/Library Intern will gain practical experience as part of a creative Communications unit, building skills in research, records management and library and electronic archiving. Successful applicants should have an interest in archives and records management in both a physical library and a non-traditional library setting. Learning objectives include performing basic preservation activities relating to publications collection and the preservation of born-digital documents. The intern will assist with managing an online database and improving with the creation of organizational system of archiving video and audio collection cataloging. The successful candidate will gain experience with digitizing, preserving and cataloging books and periodicals. This unpaid internship provides pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest as well as a chance to translate theoretically knowledge to practical skills.

The selected intern must be able to commit to at least 1 day per week, 10:00-5:00 (Monday-Friday). The internship offers support for academic course credits and letters of recommendation​ or references. Students should check with their academic institution to see if they are eligible to receive academic credit for this internship. According to Department of State guidelines, we cannot consider applications from students who are not authorized to study in the United States. However, foreign nationals with a valid visa who are enrolled in a U.S. college or university are welcome to apply.

The selected intern will assist the Communications Unit to help design and implement a searchable catalogue of ICTJ’s major publications and consolidate, organize, and archive photographs and other digital assets acquired by the organization through various sources throughout ICTJ’s 16-year history. The intern will help build a digital photo archive from the ground up, using Adobe Bridge or similar digital asset management software to organize photos by date, country, subject, photographer, and other searchable metadata, and to contact owners of key photographs to fill in missing metadata related to permissions.

Interns are encouraged to attend all ICTJ public events, open meetings, and other local human rights-related events to foster their understanding of current trends in transitional justice.

This is a part-time, unpaid internship based in our New York City office.


  • Knowledge of photography, ability to determine the quality/resolution of existing files
  • Knowledge of Adobe Bridge or other digital asset management software essential.
  • Familiarity with photo and image asset research, archiving, and license policies

How to Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter describing what you hope to gain from an internship with ICTJ. All materials should be submitted to and include code ARCHIVIST/LIBRARY INTERN in the subject line. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. ICTJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer.