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Smithsonian Institution Undergraduate Conservation Internship Program for Summer 2017

Posted on March 29, 2017 by in The OFI Blog

The Smithsonian Institution is pleased to announce conservation internship opportunities for the Summer 2017 10-week session from June 5 – August 11.

This internship program will provide an introduction to museum conservation. This program is offered to students to increase participation of groups who are currently underrepresented in the museum field and visual arts organizations are especially encouraged to apply. This pan-institutional internship program will allow a diverse group of people with innumerable interests, strengths, and goals to encounter an educational environment within the Smithsonian’s museums and research centers where they can work with and learn from professionals and scholars in related areas of conservation. Through this program, interns will learn about multi-disciplinary methods for the conservation of objects, paintings, textiles, paper, time-based media, and other materials, as well as exposure to the most advanced technology in the field. This program will also include weekly intern seminars curated by institutional experts on art, conservation, and diversity issues to ensure that interns receive educational experiences, as well as learning from and connecting with their peers.

A conservator’s work involves the preservation of collections, including documentation, treatment, and research. Conservators have academic backgrounds in the arts, sciences or social sciences and attain a professional graduate degree in conservation. For more information about the field see: http://www.conservation-us.org/about-conservation#.WMlyF032aJA

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Currently enrolled undergraduates or recent degree holders from colleges and universities (especially from predominantly minority serving institutions) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, with coursework in the sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, forensic science); or arts and humanities (studio arts, art history, history, anthropology); and skills such as photography/imaging; or various crafts that might be applicable/useful in a museum conservation setting, and an interest in the conservation of cultural heritage are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

INTERNSHIP LOCATIONS: Placements will be made in Conservation Departments at the: Smithsonian American Art Museum (http://americanart.si.edu/conservation/), National Portrait Gallery (http://npg.si.edu/portraits/conservation), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (http://hirshhorn.si.edu/collection/conservation/#collection=conservation), Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (https://www.si.edu/mci/), National Museum of American Indian (http://nmai.si.edu/explore/collections/conservation/), National Museum of American History (http://americanhistory.si.edu/), and the National Museum of Natural History (https://naturalhistory.si.edu/). The 10-week internships will commence June 5th and end August 11th. They will be full-time (40 hrs/week) and carry a stipend. Travel allowance may be included.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Midnight (EDT), April 14, 2017 for all materials including letters of reference.

Application Procedure: Applicants must register and submit an online application via the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA). After registering, sign onto the SOLAA system. At the top of the screen, select “Start your Application”; Select “Internship” and “Smithsonian Institution Undergraduate Conservation Program” from the drop-down program lists. Within the application you will identify which Smithsonian Unit(s) you are interested in joining for the conservation internship.

Application requirements via SOLAA

– An essay addressing the following (no more than three pages total):

1) A statement of your interest in an internship at the desired Smithsonian Conservation Unit and what you hope to gain from the experience; please state how you found out about the internship.

2) Please discuss the impact that a funded internship would have on you and your education.

3) Provide a short biography describing your background, personal history, interests and major/minor (if declared).

-Curriculum Vitae or Resume

-Undergraduate transcripts (unofficial)

-Names and email address of two professional references (1 must be academic)

CONTACT: Smithsonian Institution Undergraduate Conservation Internship Program Administrator Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture PO Box 37012, MRC 1401 Washington D.C., 20013-7012

NMAAHCMellonAdmin@si.edu

https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/internships-fellowships