Thanhouser studio in New Rochelle, NY ca. 1910 Photo credit: Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.

Traineeship ‘Film Restoration’ and ‘Film Collection’


Traineeship ‘Film Restoration’ and ‘Film Collection’ (part-time)


Amsterdam, North Holland Netherlands

Application Date

July 01, 2022

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Eye Traineeship programme “Film Restoration” and “Film Collection” 2022/2023

(28,8 hours per week, 0.8 fte)

Eye Filmmuseum is pleased to announce that the application for its traineeship programme “Film Restoration” and “Film Collection” is now open. With these two traineeships, Eye aims to build a bridge between academic training and hands-on daily practices, going one step further than already existing efforts such as internships or workshop programmes. Eye is making a commitment to supporting the development of knowledge transfer to new film restorers and film collection specialists. This traineeship is intended to give the participants 10 months of real working experience, and to prepare them for the labour market.

Traineeship “Film Restoration”

This traineeship will provide a part time (4 days a week) on-the-job training under the guidance of experienced curators, restorers, scanning operators, digital film specialists and other skilled professionals. It is aimed at technically minded candidates who are able to demonstrate a strong desire to work in a film archive or laboratory, mastering skills concerning technical preservation and restoration.

Traineeship “Film Collection”

This traineeship will provide a part time (4 days a week) on-the-job training under the guidance of experienced curators and/or collection specialists who deal with the management and preservation of both analogue and digital film and film-related collections. It is aimed at candidates who are able to demonstrate a strong desire to work in a film archive, mastering skills concerning preservation, collection management and/or curation.

Throughout the programme, the trainees will follow different but parallel tracks, working with material from the Eye collection, and each following a project through its different phases. The trajectory will conclude with a final report and a public presentation. Duration and location Both traineeships will have a duration of 10 months and will start in October 2022. The trainees will be working in the Eye Collection Centre in Amsterdam-North: Eye’s expert centre for collection development, preservation, restoration, digitization and research – with facilities such as film and sound restoration ateliers, a scanning department, film vaults, and a research centre.


Eligible candidates must hold a relevant degree in audio-visual archiving, film history or digital heritage, completed no later than September 2022. Candidates who have not yet completed their degree may apply only if they provide a signed letter from their supervisor stating that they will graduate before October 2022. Work experience in an archive or laboratory is not a prerequisite. The programme is open to applicants of all nationalities, and this year we are offering visa application assistance (more information below). A good command of English is essential; knowledge of Dutch would be a plus.

Traineeship grant

For the duration of 10 months, the trainee will receive a training grant on the basis of 28,8 hours per week to cover living costs. They become temporary employees of the Eye Filmmuseum and are financially rewarded as such (€ 1.916 gross, excluding a holiday payment of 8% and end-of-year bonus). Please note that the trainee is responsible for any housing arrangements whilst residing in Amsterdam. Please keep in mind that finding housing in Amsterdam is very difficult and rather expensive. It is suggested to begin your searching for housing well in advance of the programme’s start date.


Information on how to apply can be found in the full open call here: