Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive Internship

In collaboration with the Association of Moving Image Archivist’s (AMIA) Pathways Fellowship program (funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services), MARMIA will provide hands-on training and professional development experience to a paid Fellow to assist in creating a clear pathway for this person to join the field of moving image archives and audiovisual preservation. Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2023 Fellow at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive (MARMIA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and access of movies and sounds that document the arts, history, and culture of the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. The organization was founded by NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation graduate Siobhan C. Hagan in 2016. MARMIA defines the Mid-Atlantic region as including Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. MARMIA offers audiovisual archiving services to organizations and individuals holding unique moving images and recorded sounds in the Mid-Atlantic and acts as a collecting repository of unique moving images and recorded sounds of the Mid-Atlantic.

MARMIA’s collections include home movies, oral histories, mixtapes, local television and radio, found VHS-tapes, and more. Our largest is the WJZ-TV Collection, which holds thousands of hours of content created by Baltimore television station WJZ-TV ranging in date from the 1950s through 2012. MARMIA is an access provider of this rare media through reformatting, exhibition, and educational programming provided to the general public and researchers. Descriptions of our collections are available through our ArchivesSpace finding aids (please note that many include descriptions that were written by the creator, and may be inaccurate or use outdated and/or offensive language). Digitized content can be searched, browsed, and watched on our Aviary page.

Applications have closed for this internship.


The intern will work directly with the MARMIA Team, AV Archivist Joana Stillwell, Technical Coordinator Austin Miller, and the official supervisor will be MARMIA founder Siobhan C. Hagan.

The paid intern for MARMIA will be a part of envisioning and organizing a free community digitization project where members from underserved Baltimore communities can receive free transfers of their audiovisual recordings at the MARMIA Impact Hub office. The project will culminate in a free and open to the public screening and celebration at Impact Hub. With guidance from MARMIA and AMIA, the intern will spend the first six weeks learning about audiovisual digitization and practicing on MARMIA Collections under the supervision of staff. The intern will also learn at this time how MARMIA makes their collections more discoverable and accessible online. These first weeks will also be spent outreaching to the targeted communities, visiting local archives and organizations, and intaking films and videos to digitize. The next two weeks the intern will spend conducting the digital transfers under minimal supervision of MARMIA staff. In the last two weeks, the intern will curate and edit the transfers for the final screening, returning originals and digital files to their owners along with a guide for digital preservation, and other logistics for planning the final screening and celebration event, which will be held in the tenth week of the Fellowship.

This project’s focus is to provide education and experience to the Fellow, as well as to provide local underserved communities with free digital transfer of their audiovisual recorded memories. MARMIA will not be collecting these materials, but will be returning them to the community and serving as a collaborator in their shared stewardship if requested. Participation in the free digitization does not require that footage be included in the final public screening. The internship will contribute significantly to the mission of MARMIA and expand our organization’s connections and services across Baltimore.

With mentorship and guidance from AMIA and MARMIA mentors, the intern will have the opportunity to be involved in any of the following:

  • Archival audiovisual materials processing and the creation of basic inventories (lists of items) and enhancing metadata (information about the items)
  • Utilizing MARMIA digitized collections for online programming via our Zoom account, social media, or our monthly curated membership video
  • Digitally transfer, conduct quality control, transcode, and prep videotapes for digital preservation from MARMIA collections and the community
  • Learn how to clean video decks and bake videotapes
  • Inspect, repair, scan, and rehouse small gauge motion picture films
  • Collections management duties as needed (mostly rehousing video tapes into new boxes, conducting shelf reads, and moving heavy objects)

These activities will provide the following advanced to intermediate-level skills in:

  • Project management and event planning and logistics
  • Describing audiovisual materials and making them accessible online
  • Experience using Trint, ArchivesSpace, Aviary, Internet Archive, Airtable, Bagger, GitHub, vRecord, FFmpeg, DVRescue, QCTools
  • Nonprofit fundraising and outreach activities
  • Archival moving image programming and curation
  • Motion picture film and video digital transfer and preservation
  • Small gauge motion picture film inspection and repair
  • Collections management experience

Desired Interests

  • working in archives, libraries or museums
  • audiovisual media (movies, oral histories, documentation)
  • Mid-Atlantic history, arts, and culture
  • creating and launching radically different nonprofit organizations
  • community and regional archiving

Desired skills:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Maintains a growth-mindset and a determination to learn
  • Communicates well with a variety of people
  • Works well independently as well as collaboratively

Eligibility and Application

  • Applicant is an aspiring archivist or librarian and/or student studying in an arts and/or cultural heritage field
  • The applicant must be authorized to work in the United States
  • The applicant must submit an application online
  • A cover letter describing the applicant’s relevant experience and interest in the internship and the Pathways Fellowship (uploaded with the application online)
  • A current resume or CV (uploaded with the application online)

Internship Schedule and Salary

The internship will be onsite at MARMIA’s office at the Impact Hub coworking space in Baltimore, Maryland.

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

Vaccine Requirements

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements: All academic appointees (interns and fellows) must be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized (or, for international remote interns, a WHO-recommended) COVID-19 vaccine or have an approved Reasonable Accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements. Please see additional information regarding reasonable accommodations here.

Internship Supervisor

Siobhan C. Hagan was born and raised in Baltimore and holds her M.A. in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked in a variety of collecting organizations throughout her career, including the UCLA Library, the National Aquarium, and the DC Public Library. She is also the founder, President, and CEO of the Baltimore-based nonprofit, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive (MARMIA). She has been active as a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) as co-chair of the Local TV Task Force, Chair of the Regional Audio-visual Archives (RAVA) Committee,  a member of the Election Committee and the Community Archiving Workshop CAW). Siobhan was also an AMIA Director of the Board from 2015-2017.

Other MARMIA Team Supervisors

Austin Miller holds a Bachelor’s in Film and Media Arts from Southern Methodist University, a Master’s in Cinema & Media Studies from the University of Southern California, and a Certificate in Film & Media Preservation from the George Eastman Museum. He specializes in digital preservation of film and video, and served as Director of Preservation for Texas Archive of the Moving Image before joining MARMIA as Technical Coordinator in 2022.

Joana Stillwell is an artist and archivist born in the Philippines, raised around the Pacific and is currently based between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD. She graduated with a BA in Art History and a BFA in Photomedia from the University of Washington in 2012, earned an MFA in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017, and received her MLIS from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2021. Joana has been the AV Archivist for MARMIA since the summer of 2021.