New York, NY

Deadline date

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled

Salary Range: This is an unpaid position. Interns will receive a complimentary year of membership to the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties.  Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 200,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website: www.nyclu.org.


Winter 2019 archival interns will focus on processing legal boxes, research & digitization projects, and maintenance of the NYCLU’s permanent onsite collections under the supervision of the Archives & Records Manager.

The NYCLU is about 6 years into its archives and records management program. We have a large backlog of materials housed in offsite storage, as well as significant materials located in our office. Much of this material will be transferred to a university archive where NYCLU records are being opened to researchers for the first time in its 65-year history.

We are looking for 1-2 interns to help with daily archival tasks on a variety of projects. Each internship will be custom tailored to the needs of the NYCLU and the skills and interests of the intern. The various duties assigned may involve cataloging, digitization, research, and general maintenance of the NYLCU’s permanent onsite collections. Interns will gain hands on experience digitizing, weeding, arranging, appraising, cataloging and general processing of archival material. Additionally, interns will be exposed to the records management program and will be asked to occasionally assist with record management tasks. The internship is unpaid, but may be taken for course credit.


  • Must be currently enrolled in an MLS/MLIS program, or other graduate program in an archives related field.
  • Must be able to commit to at least 1 day per week, 10:00-5:00 (Monday-Friday).
  • Successful applicants should have an interest in archives and records management centers in non-traditional library settings.
  • Some knowledge of legal documents and/or records management is a plus.
  • Able to commute to the NYCLU’s main office in lower Manhattan and be able to lift heavy records boxes.

Applicants should email their cover letter and resume to apply.admin@nyclu.org with “Archival Internship” in the subject heading. Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled.

The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.

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