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Animation Research Library Metadata Intern, Studio – Summer 2019

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 604408BR Location Glendale, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Studios Date posted Jan. 11, 2019

Job Summary:

At The Walt Disney Studios, you’ll help bring compelling stories to life through film, music and live entertainment.

Be a part of something big…
The Animation Research Library (ARL) is dedicated to the preservation of the artistic heritage of the Walt Disney Animation Studios for enrichment and inspiration. We house a collection of more than 65,000,000 pieces of original artwork, which includes, but is not limited to, conceptual art, storyboards, maquettes, hand drawn production art, 3D models, textures, image files and final rendered images.

This internship will be embedded with the ARL’s Collections team, which is tasked with the long term preservation and organization of Disney Animation’s production artwork, including the preservation, cataloging, and digitization of the physical collections and the preservation and organization of the born digital collections.


Working with the Archives Data Specialist, the intern will be part of our ongoing efforts to create a comprehensive catalogue of our collections. In preparation for migrating to a new collections management system, we are cleaning data, preparing authorities and visualizing a new system. We also continue to catalogue original artwork as it is prepared by the collections team. Tasks will include:
  • Researching and updating artist and character authority records
  • Designing and populating a film credits resource for select titles
  • Researching and developing strategies to increase access to the collection
  • Creating catalog records for animation artwork in a proprietary image database
  • Updating legacy catalog metadata to current standards
  • Participating in ongoing database migration project

Working with the Senior Asset Archivist the intern will be part of our ongoing efforts to collect and curate digital production material for proprietary online resources. Tasks will include:
  • Editing web pages to include new content
  • Maintaining organization of digital files
  • Tracking and cataloging original source creators and filenames

Basic Qualifications:

  • Detail-oriented, with conscientious work habits
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Basic familiarity with library and/or archives processes and standards
  • Experience handling original artwork or documents
  • Interest in animation and/or original artwork
  • Familiarity with standard word processing and spreadsheet software

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with authority records and biographical research
  • Cataloging experience
  • Familiarity with SQL/MySQL or willingness to learn
  • Basic knowledge of web design and HTML
  • Experience with programs such as iMovie and/or Final Cut and Google tools (Drive, Calendar, etc.)

Required Education

  • Master of Library and Information Science or student working toward the degree
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in animation, fine art, art history, or film is a plus

Additional Information:

Program Eligibility
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Unrestricted work authorization
  • Available full time for 12 weeks from May/June through August/September
  • Ability to provide own relocation, housing and transportation. Position is located in Glendale, CA.
  • Enrolled in a graduate program in Library and Information Science and taking at least one class in the semester prior to participation in the internship program, or recently graduated within six months at time of application

About The Walt Disney Studios:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!. Ours is a culture of innovation, inspiration and collaboration that brings together visionary artists, gifted technologists and savvy business minds to conjure up magical entertainment experiences for a global audience.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business segment we call The Walt Disney Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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