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Internships at the National Museum of the American Indian

From: Marian Kaminitz <kaminitzm>
Date: Friday, November 30, 2007
Ten-Week Summer Internships
Conservation Department
National Museum of the American Indian
Cultural Resources Center, Suitland, MD
June 2, 2008 - August 8, 2008

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is offering up to
three internships in ethnographic artifact and textile conservation
funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The Conservation
Laboratory at NMAI's Cultural Resource Center in Suitland, MD (Metro
DC area) is the work site.  Andrew W. Mellon internships focus
primarily on the survey and treatment of artifacts for exhibits at
NMAI's facilities in Washington, DC, and New York City, loans and
other ongoing projects. Current exhibition projects include a
collection survey exhibit opening fall 2009, a horses exhibit
opening 2010 in New York City and a treaties exhibit opening 2010 in
Washington, DC

Candidates who demonstrate a career interest in the conservation of
material culture of indigenous peoples of North, South and Central
American will be especially welcome to apply. Candidates must be
fluent in both spoken and written English.

The internships are designed for students currently in or graduated
from a graduate program in conservation or practicing conservation
professionals.  The internships 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.

Application procedure:  There is no formal application form for
Andrew W. Mellon Internships. Applications, postmarked no later than
February 1, 2008, must include the following in English:

Cover letter explaining the candidate's interests and intent in
applying for the internship;

Curriculum vitae including basic biographical information with
current and permanent addresses, telephone numbers, and email

Transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of academic
study with an explanation of the evaluation system if it is not
equivalent to that of the United States (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or
better is required);

Three letters of recommendation: two from conservation professionals
familiar with the candidate's work and one letter of personal
reference. These may be sent under separate cover.

Letters should be in sealed envelopes with the referee's signature
across the flap.

Notifications will be sent by email or phone message on or before
March 1, 2008.  The 10-week internship includes a generous stipend.
The term for the project is June 2, 2008 - August 8, 2008.

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 see:


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Marian A. Kaminitz
Head of Conservation
National Museum of the American Indian
Cultural Resources Center
Office of Conservation
4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD  20746
Fax: 301-238-3201

                  Conservation DistList Instance 21:33
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Received on Friday, 30 November, 2007

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