Apply for a Pathways Fellowship

The AMIA Pathways Fellowship supports pathways into the audiovisual preservation field for people from groups historically underrepresented in the profession.

The AMIA Pathways Fellowship supports paid internships in combination with mentorship and professional development training to forge pathways in the audiovisual preservation field for people from groups historically underrepresented in the profession.

Building off a successful pilot in 2020, the program enables fellows to engage in professional development through webinar training, remote mentorships, office hours with specialists in the field, onsite paid internships, and an alumni program to support ongoing engagement.

During the fellowship, in addition to the paid internship, fellows participate in weekly online professional development sessions for ten weeks (June – August), are paired with professionals in the field in a remote mentorship program (July – November),

The AMIA Pathways Fellowship was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [RE-250174-OLS-21].

Apply for the Fellowship

To participate in the AMIA Pathways Fellowship, applicants must be accepted into a paid internship at one of our partner host sites. Acceptance into the Fellowship program is distinct from acceptance into any individual internship and will occur after internship selections have been made.

Please note that internship projects and criteria vary and are intended to offer a broad range of opportunities.

  • Participants must be working as interns for their host sites during Summer 2022 when the majority of the program activities will take place.
  • This fellowship is meant to support individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities in the field of moving image archives and audiovisual preservation. Please reference AMIA’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to inform your application.
  • Fellowship and internship applications must be submitted separately. We strongly recommend submitting them both on the internship deadline date.
  • Fellows will be selected in line with the timeline of each host site. See links below for more information on host site internships. Some internships may not yet be posted, and the AMIA list-servs will be notified when new qualifying internship applications become available.AMIA Pathways Fellowship.
  • Fellows must be based in the US. We are hoping to expand the program to international applicants in coming years.

Below is information about each host site and the application for each internship. Please note that you must also fill out the Fellowship application and indicate which internship(s) you have applied to.

Internship Host Sites and Applications

Below is information about each host site and the application for each internship. You must also fill out the Fellowship application and indicate which internship(s) you have applied to.

Please note that internship projects and criteria vary and are intended to offer a broad range of opportunities.

Navajo Nation Museum (Window Rock, AZ)

The modern Navajo Nation Museum is located in Window Rock and is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich and unique culture of the Navajo Nation.

Internship application is closed.

South Side Home Movie Project (Chicago, IL)

The South Side Home Movie Project (SSHMP) collects, preserves, digitizes, researches and screens home movies made by residents of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods.

Internship applications are closed.

UCLA Film & Television Archive (Los Angeles, CA)

The UCLA Film & Television Archive is renowned for its pioneering efforts to rescue, preserve and showcase moving image media, and is dedicated to ensuring that the collective visual memory of our time is explored and enjoyed for generations to come. Established in 1965, the Archive is the second-largest repository of motion pictures and broadcast programming in the United States, after the Library of Congress, and the world’s largest university-held collection.

Internship applications are closed.

Nickerson Research, Inc (Los Angeles, CA – Hybrid/Remote)

The original film research and clearance service, using historical offline research experience – utilizing libraries, news agencies, bookstores, film archives – for information, while also utilizing cutting-edge technology to find everything that is online and beyond.

Internship applications are closed.

Texas Archive of the Moving Image (Austin, TX – Hybrid/Remote)

Founded in 2002, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to discover, preserve, provide access to, and educate the community about Texas’ film heritage.

Applications closed April 1, 2022.

Tribesourcing Southwest Film Project (Remote)

Based on the collection of nearly 500 films in the American Indian Film Gallery housed at the University of Arizona, this project tribesources mid-20th century educational and sponsored films about Native peoples of the U.S. Southwest by recording Native narrations and contextual information for film content from the Native communities they represent.

Applications closed March 15, 2022

Roselani Media Preservation Internship: ‘Ulu‘ulu Moving Image Archive (Remote)

ʻUluʻulu is Hawaiʻi’s official state archive for moving images. Located on the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu campus, the archive is dedicated to the care, preservation, and digitization of film and videotape related to the history and culture of Hawaiʻi.

Applications closed March 15, 2022

Rhode Island Historical Society (Providence, RI)

Founded in 1822, the RIHS is the fourth-oldest state historical society in the United States. Collections include 25,000 museum objects, more than 100,000 printed books, 110,000 photographs, 3,400 sound recordings (including oral histories and music), 9 million feet of moving picture film, over 1,100 manuscript collections (measuring over 7,000 linear feet), 3,400 maps, 20,000 prints, 16,000 pieces of ephemera, 15,000 architectural drawings, and several smaller, miscellaneous categories of historical holdings.

Applications closed March 15, 2022

Robert Frederick Smith Internship Program at the National Museum of African American History & Culture (Washington, DC)

The Robert Frederick Smith Internship Program seeks to build pathways for historically underrepresented individuals to grow successful careers in the cultural sector.

All Robert F. Smith Internships will be hybrid experiences in 2022. Interns should plan to live hear their internship organization and split time virtually and in-person. NMAAHC can support access to technology based on intern need.

Applications closed: February 15, 2022