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Wexler Oral History Project NEH Metadata Intern, Yiddish Book Center (Amherst)

Project Overview:

Founded in 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of over 1000 in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity. The collection of interviews is available to the public on the Yiddish Book Center’s website:

In the spring of 2021, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to enhance the accessibility of the collection.

Job Description:

The Metadata Intern will assist in a new aspect of the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project that is funded through a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Metadata Intern will work with the Yiddish Book Center’s Metadata Librarian and NEH Project Manager to update and organize a project-specific controlled list of Central and Eastern European geographic terms, cross-referencing all location names with entries in YIVO’s Yiddishland, Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names, the Yiddish Book Center’s yizkor book collection, and JewishGen. The intern will link each entry to its corresponding authority file in Getty.

This is a remote, part-time, semester-long internship position.

Start Date: January 2022

Approximate Number of Hours per Week: 10-15

Hourly Wage: $17 


Academic background and/or demonstrated interest in cataloguing
Knowledge and/or demonstrated interest in digital metadata
Outstanding attention to detail
Familiarity with Eastern and Central European geography
Familiarity with Google Workspace
Jewish studies background (or familiarity with Central/Eastern European Jewish and Yiddish culture and history) preferred
Yiddish and/or other Central/Eastern European language skills a plus

To apply, please submit:

Letter of interest
For more information, contact NEH Project Manager Carole Renard at


Full/Part Time





$17.00  / hour

Closing Date

How to Apply

Please contact NEH Project Manager Carole Renard at 


2021-11-12 |  Quick link to this job