Smithsonian Academic Appointment Diversity and Publicity Taskforce (AADAPT)
The Academic Appointment Diversity and Publicity Taskforce (AADAPT) is dedicated to increasing diversity in all forms including but not limited to gender, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, ability, and sexual orientation in Smithsonian Institution’s internships and fellowships.
AADAPT’s pan-institutional team meets quarterly. Members regularly participate in outreach events such as affinity-group conferences and internship/career fairs in Washington, DC and around the country to promote SI academic programs to diverse audiences. To see our calendar of upcoming events, scroll down.
AADAPT’s team members include: Krishna Aniel, NMAI; Robert Alexander, NMAI; Regiona Anderson, OHR; Myra Banks-Scott, NASM; Shannon Brogdon-Grantham, MCI; Karen Carter, OFI (Chair); Sulema Castro, NZP, Center for Conservation and Sustainability; Gordon Bullock, OFI; Nicole Bryner, NMAAHC; Cynthia Chavez Lamar, NMAI; Tamsen DeWitt, NZP; Omar Eaton-Martinez, Emeritus, NMAH; Ashley Grady, AP; Emily Key, SLC; Anjali Lalani, NMAAHC; Amanda Lawrence, NMNH; Geri Provost-Lyons, NPG; Andrea Neighbors, APAC; Shahin Nemazee, OEEMA; Martha Schloetzer, NGA, Scott Schmidt, SE, and Eric Woodard, OFI.
For more information or to join our group, contact Karen Carter.
The Conservation Internship for Broadening Access (CIBA) program is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2019 cycle. CIBA aims to help diversify the field of museum conservation by introducing students to the field who come from varied economic, cultural, social, and educational backgrounds. Students and recent graduates from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) of higher education such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Asian...read more
The Smithsonian Institution (SI)’s AADAPT is pleased to have a presence at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC)’s semi-annual Career and Internship Fair sponsored by UDC’s Career Services. Anjali Lalani (NMAAHC), Scott Schmidt (SIE), and Karen Carter (OFI), along with Mattie Schloetzer from the National Gallery of Art (NGA) spent the afternoon promoting internships, fellowships, and career opportunities to interested undergraduate and graduate students. SI and AADAPT are grateful to UDC for this wonderful...read more
Every year the University of the District of Columbia’s (UDC) Office of Career Services (CSO) holds a Career Fairs to connect UDC students and alumni with employers and employment opportunities. On Thursday 5/04/18 a group of Smithsonian Institution (SI) staffers accompanied by National Gallery of Art colleagues attended the UDC Career Fair to inspire the next generation of possible SI employees. Thank you to all staffers who represented SI at the Career Fair!read more
On Tuesday, March 6th, about 20 undergraduate and graduate students at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio, along with representatives from BGSU’s Career Center met with Karen Carter in Office of Fellowships and Internships to learn more about SI internships and fellowships. Led by Beth Miller, Assistant Director of BGSU’s Career Center, the group learned more about the many academic appointment opportunities in a variety of disciplines. Students majoring in everything from Chemistry to Criminal Justice...read more
On Tuesday 2/6/18, over 250 students and alumni from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University attended the Arts in the Real World Internship and Career Fair. Members of the Smithsonian’s Academic Appointment Diversity and Publicity Taskforce (AADAPT) attended the event to promote careers and internships/fellowships at the Smithsonian. The event was staffed by Anjali Lalani of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Karen Carter of the Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) and...read more
Members of the Smithsonian Academic Appointment Diversity and Publicity Taskforce (AADAPT) visited Gallaudet University Friday 10/06/17 to talk to students about internship and fellowship opportunities at the Smithsonian. There were several hundred Gallaudet students at the event, and they were especially enthusiastic about the Smithsonian. Smithsonian representatives included Gordon Bullock (OFI), Ashley Grady (AP), and Robert Alexander (NMAI). They were accompanied by National Gallery of Art Fellows and Interns Director Martha Schloetzer...read more
Each year, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY hosts the Student Conference on Conservation Science which is an international event aimed at students, postdocs, and early-career scientists, representing 31 countries and 40 U.S. states, taking part in the only international series of conservation conferences featuring students. Through this event, emerging conservation scientists are provided with opportunities to present and get feedback on their work, gain experience and make contacts to help them launch their careers. ...read more
For the fifth straight year, Smithsonian’s Academic Appointment Diversity and Publicity Taskforce (AADAPT) had a strong presence at the Fall 2017 University of the District of Columbia (UDC)’s Job and Internship Fair. Sponsored by UDC’s Career Services, this twice yearly fair allows SI staffers from a variety of units to promote internships, fellowships, careers, and volunteer opportunities to UDC undergraduate and graduate students. This Fall’s SI representatives included Karen Carter (OFI), Suzanne Hough (NZP),...read more
Every year, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton holds a job fair for DC residents to meet employers from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. There, attendees can speak to representatives from a variety of sectors, including non-profits, private businesses, and law enforcement, and take a hold of numerous job opportunities. This year’s Annual Job Fair was held on Wednesday 8/2/17 at the Walter Washington Convention Center. Departments including the Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs (OEEMA), the Office of Human Resources (OHR), the...read more
The Conference of Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) is a charitable and educational organization that works to promote Asian Pacific American interests and leadership in public service careers. To that end, CAPAL held its annual Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Career Fair at the Department of the Interior South this past Friday 7/21/17. The Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) represented the Smithsonian Institution at the event. Program Specialist Gordon Bullock and interns Kathrine Fetizanan and...read more