NMNH Spring Internship: Recovering Voices Community Research Program
This is an unpaid, part time internship for the spring of 2019 (March-May, flexible start and end dates). This opportunity provides a range of collections-related, audiovisual production, and communications experience in a collaborative museum-community program setting. The intern will work primarily with the Recovering Voices Community Research Manager in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
The intern will assist with the Community Research Program, supporting the research of native communities in the Smithsonian collections and archives. In April, we will host a group of Hopi potters from Arizona, coming to study historic Hopi ceramics in the NMNH Anthropology and NMAI collections.
The intern will be responsible for assisting with the community research visit and creating a digital packet to be sent to the group members. The intern should be interested in audiovisual production and post-production, creating content for the web/social media, working with collections, and museum public programming. It is an opportunity for learning audiovisual and digitization skills, learning how museums work with communities, and how knowledge moves between museums and communities through collections research.
The internship location will be primarily in the Recovering Voices Office at the National Museum of Natural History, but will also include time (or assignments) in the collections at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, MD.
The Recovering Voices Community Research Program leverages the breadth and depth of the Smithsonian’s collections to support language and traditional knowledge revitalization research by communities.
There are four core learning objectives.
1- Learn about the subject of language and traditional knowledge documentation and revitalization.
2- 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.
3- Learn audiovisual documentation, standards for archiving born-digital products, and post-production of digital video.
4- Learn and practice writing for the web, focusing on different audiences.
How to Apply
Submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org including your preferred availability.