Northeast Document Conservation Center

100 Brickstone Square
Andover, MA 01810

Date Posted:
January 25, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Audio Preservation Intern


NEDCC is seeking an Audio Preservation Intern for a 1-2-year, full-time, grant-funded position, with an expected start date in May of 2019. Working with our experienced Audio Preservation Engineers, and under the direction of the Manager of Audio Preservation Services, the Intern will gain an understanding of the processes of audio preservation and assist the Audio Preservation Department in fulfilling project orders for digitally reformatting obsolete grooved and magnetic audio formats. NEDCC’s audio preservation services fill a much-needed niche of providing 1:1 transfers with 100% quality control, particularly for those highly-valued collections that deserve a specialized (rather than high-throughput) workflow. 

Because NEDCC is a conservation center, its service places an emphasis on preservation of the carrier as well as its audio contents. In addition to digitization, NEDCC offers collection- and item-level surveys, cleaning, treatment, and rehousing using vetted and transparent (i.e., non-proprietary) approaches. NEDCC rigorously follows best practices for digital audio preservation of degrading media on highly obsolete formats. The Intern will have the opportunity to shadow and learn from our engineers during the digitization process, and will contribute to the digital audio preservation workflow in the following areas:

· identifying legacy carriers and assessing condition;

· verifying/preparing inventory data for materials to be digitized;

· rewinding, cleaning, stabilization and repair of original carriers;

· creating audio access files;

· rehousing original carriers; and

· imaging original carriers, containers, and accompanying documentation.

The Intern will have the opportunity to attend relevant professional conferences and engage in other professional development activities as identified.


Prior experience is not required, but a strong interest in and passion for preserving legacy audio formats and recorded history, and/or collections care and management, is expected. Applicants should have:

· meticulous attention to detail;

· critical listening skills and/or a discerning ear;

· excellent organizational and time-management skills;

· ability to work under deadlines in a production-oriented environment;

· ability to work both independently and collaboratively;

· creativity and enthusiasm;

· exceptional problem-solving skills;

· undergraduate degree; and

· the legal right to work in the United States.

How To Apply:

NEDCC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Only persons with the legal right to work in the United States are eligible. This position will remain open until filled. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume in a single PDF to Bryce Roe, Manager of Audio Preservation Services, broe <at> nedcc <.> org.

Apply by:
February 28, 2019
$15.38/hour, 1-2 year grant-funded internship
About this Organization:

Founded in 1973, NEDCC is the first nonprofit center to specialize in the conservation and reformatting of paper-based materials, and has recently expanded its services to include audio preservation. NEDCC’s mission is to improve the preservation efforts of libraries, archives, historical organizations, museums, and other repositories; to provide the highest quality conservation and reformatting services to collections-holding institutions; and to provide leadership in preservation, conservation, and digital reformatting. 

Its services include book, paper, and photograph conservation; digital reformatting (imaging and audio); assessments and consultations; disaster assistance; online preservation education; and workshops and conferences. NEDCC has consulted with organizations across the country to plan for the long-term preservation of their collections and has worked with a range of institutions to reformat their deteriorating documents, photographs, negatives, and obsolete audio materials. NEDCC has treated many of the most significant paper-based collections in the United States, including William Bradford’s manuscript history of the Plymouth Plantation; the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation; and works of art on paper by various masters, such as Rembrandt and Degas.

(See NEDCC Stories for other projects of note.) NEDCC is located in Andover, MA, twenty-five miles north of Boston. For more information, please