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Internships at the National Museum of the American Indian

From: Marian Kaminitz <kaminitzm>
Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2006
10-week Internships
Conservation Department
National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
Cultural Resources Center
Suitland MD
June 5 - August 11, 2006

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is offering up to
three 10-week internships in ethnographic and archaeological
artifact and textile conservation funded by the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation.  The Conservation Laboratory and NMAI's Cultural
Resources Center in Suitland, MD (Metro DC area) is the work site.
Projects will focus primarily on the treatment of items chosen for
exhibits at the NMAI's Mall Museum in the early 2007.  One exhibit
highlights dresses and accessories from the Northern and Southern
Plains.  The other involves two communities, Blackfeet and Apache,
for rotations into the "Our Peoples" gallery, a permanent exhibit
focused on historical events of Native American cultures.

The projects are intended to cultivate practical skills as well as
to foster a solid understanding of the contexts of material culture,
the philosophies of conservation at NMAI, and the ethics of the
conservation profession.  Museum programming involves collaboration
with Native Peoples in the development of appropriate methods of
care for, and interpretation of their cultural materials.

Candidates must be fluent in English, both spoken and written.
Candidates who are currently in or recently graduated from a
recognized conservation program and demonstrate a career interest in
the conservation of material culture of the indigenous peoples of
North, Central and South America will be especially welcome.

Applications must be written in English, postmarked no later than
February 11, 2006 and include the following: a cover letter
explaining the candidate's interests and intent in applying for the
project, curriculum vitae including basic biographical information
with current and permanent addresses and telephone numbers, three
letters of recommendation (one personal and two
academic/professional), and transcripts of undergraduate and
graduate work (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is expected.)

Notifications will be sent by March 15, 2006.  The 10-week
internships include a stipend of $450/week; adjustments are made to
the stipend if housing is provided by NMAI.  Dates for the
internships are June 5 - August 11, 2006.

NMAI is an equal opportunity employer.  All applications should be
sent to:

    Marian A. Kaminitz
    National Museum of the American Indian/Smithsonian Institution
    Cultural Resources Center, MRC 538
    4220 Silver Hill Road
    Suitland, MD  20746

For more information please call: 301-238-1415 or email
kaminitzm [at] si__edu

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