Boston TV News Digital Library Internship, WGBH Media Library & Archives, Boston MA

WGBH is public service media for New England--on TV, radio, the Web, and out in the community. We're the single largest producer of PBS prime time and online programming, and a major source of programs heard on public radio from coast to coast. We're a pioneer in educational multimedia and in media access technologies for people with hearing or vision loss.


Department Description:


The WGBH Media Library & Archives manages all physical and digital media and paper records, including materials that need to be retained for production, legal, fiscal, historical or administrative purposes, for the WGBH Educational Foundation. The WGBH Archives currently house more than 750,000 items including video, audio and film master materials, many containing active as well as historical and archival materials. The MLA also manages all aspects of film research: cataloging, tracking, and organizing the stock and originally shot footage and images that go into our productions. The MLA negotiates and administers discount stock footage deals with major footage archives, and licenses WGBH stock footage to outside clients. Our web sites provide glimpses into the work and projects of the WGBH Media Library & Archives:



Project Description:


The IMLS and CLIR funded Boston TV News Digital Library is a partnership between WGBH, the Boston Public Library, Northeast Historic Film, and Cambridge Community Television. The main goal of the project is to provide online streaming access to archival news stories and original footage, as well as full text access to the entire catalog of four local Boston area stations.  The collections span 1960-2000s and originate on both film and videotape. Our website is



Internship Description:


The WGBH Media Library & Archives has an opportunity for a graduate student in library science, media studies, or related fields to work in a film and media archive. Come discover Boston from a new perspective, learn about television news broadcasting practices, and help us preserve this important part of history.


The main tasks of the intern will be to view and describe news stories, capturing metadata in our database. They will also research and write blog posts giving context to some of the footage, and possibly enter metadata into the digital asset management system, which is used to preserve the digital files and prepare them for the web.

The intern may have the opportunity to work on other MLA projects as priority dictates.


Skills Preferred:


Basic computer skills, familiarity with Macintosh computers

Attention to detail

Writing ability

Internet savvy, with good web and library search skills

Data entry

Familiarity with databases, specifically Filemaker, is helpful, but not required


WGBH Internship Requirements:

1. WGBH internships are open only to students enrolled in an accredited college or university

2. Internships are unpaid.

3. Interns are expected to commit 8-10 hours/week. Daily scheduling is flexible during normal business hours.


Applicants interested in the Internship should send a resume and a statement of interest by email to:


Sadie Roosa: