Pathways Internship Al Larvick Conservation Fund

The mission of the Al Larvick Conservation Fund is to preserve historical and cultural heritage through conservation, education and the public accessibility of American analog home movie, amateur cinema, and community recording collections.

The Fund distributes small access grants to individuals and organizations and works with grant recipients to share and document personal and regional histories through their film and videotape collections.



Working remotely, the Pathways intern will work directly with the organization’s founder, Kirsten Larvick and Directors of the Board including Brian Belak and Dwight Swanson to contribute to the following projects in order of priority:

  • Assist in the creation of a database to catalog past and future funded home movie and amateur film projects. The intern will assist with standardizing this database, including developing controlled vocabularies, defining content standards and naming conventions for data entry, and creating a cataloging policy manual for future application. The intern will also catalog individual digitized items using these standards, which may include discussion with past grantees to determine personalized and accurate description. Once cataloging is complete, the intern will use the information to upload access copies to the Internet Archive to maximize discoverability.
  • Participate in grant application review, budgeting and communication with vendors and grantees.
  • Develop screening and exhibition proposals for venues and other related partners.

The intern will have the opportunity to join at least one board meeting and speak individually with board members about the Al Larvick Conservation Fund’s work, as well as their own professions.

The project’s intention is to provide education and experience to the Fellow, as well as to assist in the ALCF’s annual goals. The internship will provide instruction in Airtable database construction, moving image description, metadata standards, collections management, and moving image digitization processes and standards. The intern will also observe and participate in grant administration, organizational decision-making and policies, and standards for the audiovisual records and associated programs such as the oral histories program. Additionally, working with appointed board members, the intern will gain an understanding of curating and writing exhibition programming proposals for existing and new screening partners.

Eligibility and Application

  • The applicant should be an aspiring archivist or librarian and/or a student studying in an arts and/or cultural heritage field.
  • An interest in home movies or amateur media is preferred.
  • An understanding and interest in cataloging and database population is desired.
  • The applicant must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • The applicant must submit an application online, including a cover letter describing the applicant’s relevant experience and interest in the internship and the Pathways Fellowship.
  • The applicant must submit a current resume or CV online

Internship Schedule and Salary

Intern will work remotely. The internship is a total of 300 hours total over approximately 10 weeks, beginning in June 2023, at a rate of $23 per hour.

Intern supervisor: Kirsten Larvick

Kirsten Larvick is a documentarian and archivist. As an archivist she works with independent filmmakers and organizations to reach their ongoing archiving, preservation, exhibition and distribution goals. Additionally, Kirsten is a co-chair of the Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) and serves on its Grant Selection Committee. She founded the Al Larvick Conservation Fund in honor of her grandfather.

Internship application closes May 15, 2023.