Digitization Interns

Location US-NY-Manhattan, 38th Street
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The Records and Archives Management unit supports DEP in managing the Agency’s records and information, and collects, organizes, protects, and provides access to materials and documents that chronicle DEP’s ongoing history, projects, and people. It is a valuable resource for information about DEP including the work of its predecessor agencies dating back to the 19th century.


Aligned with efforts to comply with Mayoral Directive 2015-03 to transition from analog/paper to electronic records, our digitization projects improve access to information about DEP structures and facilitate the planning of new capital construction such as the $1 billion Delaware Aqueduct Bypass Tunnel, rehabilitation projects like the $750 million Ashokan Infrastructure upgrade, and facilities maintenance.


The selected candidates will digitize engineering drawings and large format film and glass plate negatives related to the planning and construction of the New York City water supply system. Tasks will focus on scanning, creating descriptive inventories, and performing quality control. Internships will provide experience in the technical aspects of digitization as well as familiarity with imaging standards, metadata, project planning, and digital asset management. Other responsibilities may include conducting research in support of user requests, creating social media content, and assisting with other archives projects.


Preferred Skills: Interest in New York City history, government records, or engineering.

Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent organizational and planning skills,

detail-oriented, self-motivated, able to work well following a written project plan with minimal supervision, and capable of identifying and communicating project issues as they arise.

Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of applications, particularly Excel.

Previous experience digitizing archival records and using Adobe Photoshop a plus.


These are paid positions.


  • Student must currently be enrolled at a college/university at the graduate level majoring in pursuing a degree in information and library science, archival studies, history, or a related field. 
  • Student must have at least a 2.5GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Student must have at least a junior class standing 

 Selection Criteria:

  • Strong writing skills; effective interpersonal skills; familiarity and/or experience with computers/software; leadership skills; self-motivation; and ability to work well with minimal supervision. 


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