Nicole Kaack, Robert and Joyce Menschel Family Foundation Administrative Fellow; Nikisha Roberts, Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Intern; Shawn Walker, photographer; Lizette Terry, NYU Graduate Student Volunteer

Nicole Kaack, Robert and Joyce Menschel Family Foundation Administrative Fellow; Nikisha Roberts, Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Intern; Shawn Walker, photographer; Lizette Terry, NYU Graduate Student Volunteer


Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Internship
The Photography Collections Preservation Project (PCPP) is proud to announce a program of internships meant to address a lack of diversity in the staffs of 21st-century cultural institutions. These internships will provide young people from under-represented populations with the chance to learn about the management of important works of photography and gain useful professional skills.

Starting in mid-October, one nine-month internships will be available for an undergraduate student interested in art, photography, and the creation and management of archives. We welcome applicants with all levels of interest and experience!

PCPP is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving significant collections of photography. We work directly with photographers and their archives, and so will you. You will learn about photography, archival organization and preservation, and the management of cultural and non-profit organizations. With our guidance and training, you will be responsible for processing, evaluating, arranging, and describing photographs, as well as maintaining records. You will also communicate with photographers, museums, libraries, and donors; work on database building and upkeep; and help with PCPP’s social media channels and website.

Job requirements:
·      Interest in archiving
·      Experience with Excel and Word
·      Excellent communication skills
·      Interest in social media; experience with Squarespace preferred
·      Willingness to get your hands dirty & sometimes move heavy boxes on site visits
·      Self-motivated, while also a team player

Payment: $17/hr | 15 hrs/week
Duration: 35 weeks, beginning in August / September

PCPP is grateful to the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation for its leadership and the support that makes these unique opportunities possible. To apply, please submit resume and cover letter that includes why you are interested in the internship to

Thank you for your interest in the internship program at PCPP! The application for the 2019-2020 internship is now closed. Please check back here for future opportunities!

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Gratitude to The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation for their generous support.


Current Interns

Nicole Kaack

Administrative Fellow
Nicole Kaack is an independent curator and writer based in Queens, NY. She is the current Curatorial Fellow at The Kitchen, New York, as well as Administrative Fellow at the Photographic Collections Preservation Project (PCPP). Kaack's writing has been published by Whitehot Magazine, artcritical, Art Viewer, SFAQ / NYAQ / AQ, Artforum, and The Brooklyn Rail. She has also contributed texts to I will set a stage for you, published by HOLOHOLO Books and edited by Ana Iwataki and Marion Vasseur Raluy, as well as to a publication designed in association with Hauser & Wirth’s Recto / Verso panel series. Kaack is the co-founder of the newsletter of missing out, co-director of the artist publication prompt:, and co-founder of the press Blind Carbon. She received her BA in art history and visual art from Columbia University and is currently pursuing her MA in art history at Hunter College.

Ayesha Kazim

2019-2020 Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Intern
Ayesha Kazim is a third-year undergraduate student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts working towards a B.A. in Photography and Imaging, and a minor in the Business of Media, Entertainment, and Technology at the Stern School of Business. Prior to attending NYU, Ayesha graduated from THINK Global School, a traveling boarding school, where she lived and learned in fourteen countries while completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Ayesha’s passion for documentary and fine-art photography has granted her awards including the Gordon Parks Foundation Scholarship (2018) and the Benjamin A. International Grant (2019). With her intended career path in photojournalism, Ayesha’s central aim is to link her interests in photography, the humanities, and the social sciences to cultivate a more objective world view and redefine the processes in which current events are delivered and depicted.

Lizette Terry

Graduate Volunteer
Lizette Terry, is a first-year graduate student at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, pursuing an M.A. in Black Feminist Theory and Visual Arts and Cultural Studies. Before beginning graduate studies at NYU, Lizette graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College, where she completed her capstone documentary project, “Rooted.” Chronicling a community’s response to the impacts of new developments in the historic Westside of Atlanta, “Rooted” was chosen as one of 16 “Official Student Selections” at 2017 Bronze Lens Film Festival in Atlanta, GA. Upon graduation in 2020, Lizette’s goal is to work in the film industry and as a media studies educator in the social sector.

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Nikisha Roberts

2018-2019 Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Intern
Nikisha Roberts is a first-year at Stony Brook University focusing on Political Science. Previously she attended The High School of Fashion Industries, where she became adept in darkroom and digital photography among other visual art media. During high school, Roberts was recognized by several awards and programs, including the Joy of Giving Something Scholarship (2018), The Opportunity Network (2016-2018), and the Expanding the Walls program at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2018).