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Act Fast! Apply to the Recovering Voices Internship Summer 2017!

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 by in The OFI Blog |

The Recovering Voices Program is currently accepting applications for the Recovering Voices Internship for Summer 2017!  Applications due April 28, 2017.


This is an unpaid, part time internship for the summer of 2017. This opportunity provides a range of collections-related, audiovisual production, and administrative experience in a collaborative museum-community program setting. The intern will be primarily with the Recovering Voices Program Assistant for Collections in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History.

The intern will be responsible for assisting with a summer community research group and creating a follow-up digital packet to be sent to the community group coming from Oregon and who are participating in the Recovering Voices Community Research Program in 2017. The location will be primarily in the Recovering Voices Office at the National Museum of Natural History, but will also be at the National Museum of the American Indian and the collections and archives at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, MD. The weeks of the community visits may involve more than part time hours; this is flexible.

The Recovering Voices Community Research Program makes the collections and archives of the Smithsonian accessible to indigenous communities who are working on language and/or knowledge revitalization projects. Most community visits are video recorded to document the research for the community’s purposes. This particular visit will take place during the National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages and the community group will partially attend lectures and events of Breath of Life. The packet the intern will be responsible for creating centers around processing of the video and associated research materials. The intern will also be responsible for assisting during the research visit. The intern will gain first-hand experience of research in archives as well as learn about the tribes and communities that are participating in the Community Research Program.


A qualified candidate will be a recent graduate or be currently enrolled in a graduate program. They should be interested in the use of museum collections and archives for research and be detail oriented. Cultural sensitivity and the ability to work with people from all backgrounds is a must. Knowledge of linguistics is not required.


There are three core learning objectives.

  • Learn about the subject of language and traditional knowledge documentation and revitalization.
  • Learn about the uses and benefits of material culture and archival resources available at the Smithsonian, and museums in general, to understand the impact of resources in museum collections on revitalization efforts.
  • Learn about audiovisual documentation, standards for archiving born-digital products, and post-production of digital video.

Proposed Dates: May 22 to August 11; Part-time (20-25 hours per week)

By April 28, 2017 please send cover letter and resume to