Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Washington D.C., DC, USA
Job Posted:
30+ days ago


Summer Internship for Undergraduates at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

The Smithsonian�s National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), the only U.S. Museum dedicated exclusively to the exhibition and preservation of Africa�s traditional and contemporary arts, is pleased to announce a paid summer internship in the conservation department. A conservator�s work is focused on the preservation of collections and this may include documentation, treatment and research. Conservators have academic backgrounds in the arts, sciences or social sciences and attain a profession graduate degree in conservation. For more information about the field see: ------------

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this internship is open to students who have completed at least one year of college, who have a strong interest in science, art, art history, history, anthropology or archaeology and who have at least a 3.0 gpa. Interns will be given an introduction to the field of art conservation, learn about documentation, preventive care and exhibits conservation. Assignments may include: environmental monitoring, writing reports, photographic documentation, housing objects for storage, lab organizational tasks, and participating in research projects. In addition, the intern will learn about and participate in the Museum�s efforts in decolonization.

As part of an initiative designed to promote diversity in the profession and conservation training, the ten-week internship will commence on June 6, 2022 and offers a $6,600 stipend plus additional funds to help defray the cost of travel to Washington DC. The internship is open only to US citizens and permanent residents. (Please note: this internship is intended as an introduction to conservation for students who have no previous experience in a conservation lab).

Deadline for application: March 1, 2022
For further information contact: Dana Moffett, Senior Conservator ------------

Application Procedure: Applicants must register and submit an online application via the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA) ------------ . After registering, sign onto the SOLAA system. At the top of the screen, select �Start your Application�; Select �Internship� and �National Museum of African Art� from the drop-down program lists. All materials should be submitted through the SOLAA system.

Application requirements via SOLAA:
-Short essay (no more than three pages total)
1) A statement of your interest in an internship at the NMAfA and what you hope to gain from the experience; please state how you found out about the internship.
2) Please discuss the impact that a funded internship would have on you and your education.
3) Provide a short biography describing your background, personal history, interests and major/minor (if declared).
-Curriculum Vitae or Resume
-Undergraduate transcripts (unofficial)
-Two letters of reference