With a generous gift from the Lennox Foundation, the Lennox Foundation Endowment for Preservation Education, Training and Outreach was established to fund graduate level internships in library and archives preservation administration and conservation, and to support the educational outreach activities of the Iowa State University (ISU) preservation staff. The internship is offered by the ISU Library Preservation Department to provide graduate students with practical experience and exposure to preservation in an academic library environment.

This internship is intended to give current graduate students and recent graduates of audio visual preservation programs the opportunity to apply their skills and increase their knowledge in a university library. Interns will work in the ISU Library Preservation Department with guidance from the Head of Preservation and the Audio Visual Preservation Specialist.

Interns will undertake and complete an optical media preservation project.

The project may include:

  • Undertaking condition survey and assessment of an optical media collection
  • Developing environmental, metadata, and digital preservation best practices and workflows
  • Developing best practice treatment for damaged media (interns will have the opportunity to propose treatment options for Special Collections materials, perform agreed-upon treatments, and document condition and treatment)
  • Setting up Ripstation for at-scale workflow
  • Testing digital toolsets for optical media preservation (e.g. ISOBuster, ddrescue, dvdisaster, ffprobe, exifttool, Python, etc.)
  • Working with the University Archivist on permissions and access
  • Creating workflows for accessibility
  • Writing a final outcome paper on optical media preservation project to share with the AV preservation community

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Applicants must currently be graduate students, in good standing, in a program of AV preservation, film preservation, or library and archives preservation administration; or a recent graduate of such a program. Examples are: L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, MIAP, MIAS, Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image University of Amsterdam, etc.
  • Applicants must have completed at least four media preservation courses before the anticipated start date of this internship;
  • Applicants must commit to full-time employment as interns for the duration of the internship;
  • Internship must be completed within the calendar year;
  • At the end of the internship, the intern will be required to submit a final report or project;
  • Applicants must have student or working visas if not U.S. citizens.

The duration of the Lennox Foundation Internship is 2 months, typically over the summer. The intern will be provided with a m stipend of $2,500  and a furnished university apartment.

To apply for the Lennox Foundation Preservation and Conservation Internship please submit the following items:

  • Cover letter
  • Current resume
  • Contact information for two professional references (include address, phone number and e-mail address)
  • Statement of interest (include projects of interest)
  • Graduate program description including requirements and course descriptions. Please include an unofficial transcript indicating the courses you have completed.

The application materials can be emailed to: rrowe@iastate.edu

*To guarantee consideration, apply by April 1st, 2019

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Former Lennox Foundation Interns

  • 2006 Carie McGinnis, graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Information with a certificate of advanced study in library and archives conservation, currently the preservation librarian  at Harvard’s Houghton Library.
  • 2007 Ilse Entlesberger, graduate of  the University of Fine Arts in Vienna, currently the paper conservator at the Lower Austrian State Archives; formerly the book conservator at the Regional Library of Upper Austria.
  • 2008 Kathleen Fear, graduate of the University of Michigan School of Information, currently a data scientist at the University of Rochester Medical Center; formerly an intelligence analyst at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
  • 2009 Bexx Caswell, graduate of the North Bennett Street School and Simmons College School of Library and Information Science, currently the Head of Book Conservation at the Northeast Document Conservation Center; formerly the book and paper conservator at the Michigan State University Library.
  • 2010 Kristi Westberg, graduate of the West Dean College, UK, currently the rare book conservator for the Science and Technology Collections at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA; formerly an assistant book conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center.
  • 2010 Henry Hebert, graduate of the North Bennett Street School of bookbinding and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Library and Information Science, currently the conservator for special collections at Duke University Library; formerly the rare book conservator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2011 Lauren Calcote, graduate of the Buffalo State College Art Conservation Program, currently the special collections conservator at the Newberry Library in Chicago; formerly a Cathleen A. Baker Fellow in Conservation at the University of Michigan Library.
  • 2013 Sue Donnovan, graduate of the Sorbonne Conservation of Cultural Heritage Program, currently the conservator for special collections at the University of Virginia Library; formerly the rare book conservator at the University of Notre Dame.
  • 2014 Gloria Diez, graduate of the Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House, currently the Cultural Producer at Centro Cultural Recoleta and as the academic coordinator for the Program in Audiovisual Preservation and Restoration in Buenos Aires, as well as a film producer for Mobile Cinema at ACERCARTE.
  • 2014 Nicole Monjeau, graduate of the Camberwell College of Arts Paper Conservation Program, currently the Preventive Conservator at the British Library; formerly the conservator for digital projects at LRF Heritage and Education Centre in London.
  • 2017 Emilie Duncan, graduate of the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Conservation Program, with a focus on library and archives materials, currently the assistant paper conservator at the Mariners’ Museum and Park; formerly the Harper-Inglis post-graduate conservation fellow at the Library of Congress.

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