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Robert Frederick Smith Internship Program

Applications are now being invited for Robert Frederick Smith Internship Program at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This program is 12 weeks long going to take place in the summer in different locations of the United States.

The main motive of this program is to provide hands-on training, mentoring, attendance at educational events, and cultivation of contacts for the next generation of researchers, scholars, curators, and other museums, libraries, preservation, and heritage professionals.

It is designed to focus on work-related to digital imaging, media preservation, digital preservation of personal and community objects, digital content management, collections information management, recording and preserving oral histories, or digital film making.

Internship Location:

United States

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Internship Duration:

The program will last for 12 weeks.

Internship Benefits:

Interns will be provided numerous benefits given below.

  • $600 per week stipend to defray living expenses during the tenure of the appointment
  • Additional need-based housing and transportation stipends of $150 per week are available. Students qualify by selecting their need to pay rent during their term on the application.
  • Flexible start and end dates
  • Structured mentorship opportunities both within the Museum and with outside professionals
  • A calendar of professional development seminars catered to the needs of historically underrepresented individuals in the cultural sector
  • Paid registration and travel to attend the Association of African American Museums annual conference in Summer 2019
  • Paid professional memberships
  • Academic credit (not required)

Eligibility Requirements:

Strongest consideration will be given to those candidates who meet the following eligibility criteria.

  • Undergraduate students (must have completed at least one year of study)
  • Graduate students
  • Recent graduates (up to 2 years out of school)
  • Career-changers in the cultural field less than 2 years
  • Applications from individuals who have had prior internships or fellowships with any unit of the Smithsonian Institution will not be considered.
  • Applicants with no more than 1-2 prior related work experiences (preferred).

Eligible Country:

United States

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How to Apply:

Please download and fill out an application form (pdf) and submit along with the documents below as Word or PDF attachments to RFSInternships@si.edu with the email subject: “<First Name_Last Name>

  • Cover letter (no more than 2 pages) detailing your past and present academic history and other experiences which you feel have prepared you for this internship and an outline of what you hope to learn during this internship.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • 2 academic and/or professional letters of recommendation.

Application Deadline:

Send your application by February 15, 2020.

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