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Internships at the National Museum of the American Indian

From: Marian Kaminitz <kaminitzm<-a>
Date: Monday, September 8, 2008
Ten-Week Winter Internships
Conservation Department
National Museum of the American Indian
Cultural Resources Center, Suitland, MD
January 5, 2009 - March 13, 2009

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is offering up to
two 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, D.C., and New York City, loans and
other ongoing projects. Current exhibition projects include an
exhibit on horses opening 2009 and a collection survey exhibit
opening 2010 both in New York City

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.  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
October 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
    address;

    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
November 1, 2008.  The 10-week internship includes a generous
stipend.  The term for the project is January 5, 2009 - March 13,
2009.

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

    <URL:http://www.nmai.si.edu/>

        subpage.cfm?subpage=collections
        &second=conserv&third=training#andrew>

    **** Moderator's comments: The above URL has been wrapped for
    email. There should be no newline.

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
301-238-1415
Fax: 301-238-3201


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