New Forms Media Society (NFMS) is a nonprofit society and media arts organization founded in 2000 that exists to unite creative communities, push artistic and conceptual boundaries, and explore digital media as an art form. By producing the annual New Forms Festival (NFF) as well as a growing schedule of year-round public presentations, we aim to raise the profile of emerging Canadian media artists, experimental electronic music, and digital culture both in Canada and abroad.
The Archival / Media Intern will work with New Form’s dynamic team of curators and management on a variety of archive and presentation projects. New Forms offers a rewarding work environment, ideal for an early career intern who wishes to gain an overview of contemporary media art practices within a non-profit arts organization environment and expand his or her technical skills in digital dissemination of archival materials. The intern will work closely with the New Forms team to make the website and archive more accessible to curators, artists, educators and students, reporting directly to Executive Director Malcolm Levy.
BASIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Participating youth must:
- be between the ages of 15 and 30 at the time of intake;
- have demonstrated skills achievement at the post-secondary level (this means that you must have more than secondary school achievement);
- intend to gain ICT skills and knowledge;
- meet the job requirements of the IHO, which should included stated ICT-related activities;
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada and be legally entitled to work in Canada; and
- must not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.
The intern will work on a number of project-based initiatives including the following tasks:
- Improve the existing online presentation and accessibility of archival content.
- Enhance SEO on Website by implementing keywords on all digital content
- Research software and digital preservation practices for digitized media format
- Develop a streamlined workflow for updating the website and archive database to be implemented by other New Forms Staff.
- Digitize the archival collection of performance documentation, sound recordings, photographs, and print materials for preservation and access
- Make recommendations to improve online accessibility of content.
- Producing documentation and other content for the New Form’s website
- Assist in developing and disseminating publicity materials for upcoming programming
- Contribute to content creation on website and upload archival materials for online dissemination.
- Digitize the photo and print archive using a scanner and Adobe Photoshop editing software.
- Edit videos using softwares Final Cut Pro and Compressor.
- Assist with video and photo documentation of New Forms ongoing events including public performances, exhibitions, and artist talks.
- Familiarity with MAC OSX
- Knowledge and experience with Final Cut Pro and Compressor
- A demonstrated interest in contemporary art and digital culture
- Ability to work well both independent, self directed positions and in group situations.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Interest in moving image and audio archives and preservation
- Either a recent graduate or mature student from a post-secondary institution and have completed courses in related fields of study such as art history, media studies, archival studies, communications, etc.
- Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
HOURS: Full-time (35 hours/week)
INTERNSHIP DURATION: 650 hrs
Internship provided via the Vancouver Community Network Youth Internship Program and funded under the Youth Employment Strategy by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), administered by Industry Canada.