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Natural History Museum Winter Break Internship

Posted on Oct 19, 2018 by in The OFI Blog |


The Ralph S. and Rose L. Solecki Papers and Artifacts Project


In 2017, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Anthropology began a two-year collaborative project connecting the archival and artifact collections of paleo-archaeologists Drs. Ralph S. and Rose L. Solecki, most known for their work at Shanidar Cave in northern Iraq and other sites throughout the Near East. Interns will assist with a variety of tasks relating to artifact cataloging and archival rehousing of materials discovered and created by the Soleckis during their excavations and academic careers.


NMNH is seeking interns majoring in archaeology, museum studies, or a related field who want to learn more about collections management and also gain hands-on experience with a collections management project. Coursework or previous experience in archival research and/or Paleolithic and Neolithic archaeology is desired. Both current students and recent graduates are eligible for this internship.


– Opportunity to observe and participate in a variety of collections management tasks such as cataloging artifacts, artifact rehousing, and integrating new collections into permanent storage locations

– Training in the EMu collections management database and using and creating collection records during the artifact cataloging process

– Exposure to archival methods and practice through rehousing a collection from the National Anthropological Archives

– Conduct archival research and contribute to public outreach through researching archaeological collections within the Department of Anthropology and the National Anthropological Archives in order to develop a social media post for the National Anthropological Archives’ social media pages.


December 10, 2018 – January 11, 2019

10-20 hours per week


November 15, 2018


Applicants should provide a resume and a brief cover letter explaining their qualifications, reason for interest in the internship, and names of two references. Please assemble all materials into a single document (preferably a PDF) and include your last name in the file name. Send the document as an attachment via email to Molly Kamph at


Name: Molly Kamph

Phone: 301-238-1022