INTERNSHIP PROPOSAL for Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI), SUMMER 2020 (paid)

Our team is seeking a currently enrolled student of archival studies from an accredited program listed in the Society of American Archivists to intern with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative for the summer of 2020. This internship will involve reviewing and preparing files related to the creation, history, and work of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF) in preparation for the material’s transfer to the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA).


Guided and supervised by staff from SCRI, SIA, and FEMA, this internship provides an opportunity to learn about the history of domestic cultural heritage emergency management at the national level as well as all facets of current cultural heritage emergency projects under the mission of SCRI and HENTF.

The specific duties of this internship include:
-Processing an estimated 22.5 cubic feet of archival material according to SIA guidelines (inventorying, arranging, boxing, and preparing a folder list); and
-Researching and preparing a brief history of HENTF and providing this supplemental material to SIA.


Proposed start date: June 1, 2020
Proposed end date: August 14, 2020 (11 weeks)
Schedule: Part-time (24 hours per week) or Full-time (40 hours per week)
Stipend: $4,200 – $7,000 (based on available hours)


Application requirements:
1) Current resume or CV.
2) Cover letter addressing the following points: 1) Experience with archival materials; 2) What you
hope to accomplish through this internship, and how it would relate to your academic and career
goals; 3) What about the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative in particular interests you and
leads you to apply for this internship (2-page maximum).
3) Copy of transcript
4) One reference (information that you can input through SOLAA system)

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Interviews with short-listed candidates will be conducted two weeks later. Selection will be made by mid-April 2020.


For more information, please email culturalrescue@si.edu.

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