Internship Opportunity: Recovering Voices Community Research Program

This is an unpaid, part time internship for the spring and summer of 2018. This opportunity provides a range of collections-related, audiovisual production, and administrative experience in a collaborative museum-community program setting. The intern will work 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 community research visits and creating a follow-up digital packet to be sent to the group members. The spring group is coming from the Marshall Islands and the summer group is coming from Hawai’i and New Zealand as part of the Community Research Program. The work 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. Twenty-five (25) hours per week are expected on a regular basis and the intern is welcome to add extra hours during the weeks of the visits. Hours can be spread throughout the week; three 8-hour days are not required. 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. 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 collections as well as learn about the communities participating in the Community Research Program.

Qualifications: 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.

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 about audiovisual documentation, standards for archiving born-digital products, and post-production of digital video.

To Apply: Proposed Dates: April to August; Part-time (25 hours per week, regularly). Send cover letter and resume to recoveringvoices@si.edu. Applications are due February 12.