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Anacostia Community Museum regularly welcomes interns and fellows interested in the disciplines represented at Anacostia Community Museum. All interns and fellows must apply through the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships.
An internship at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is a prearranged, structured learning experience that takes place within a specific time frame. The experience should be relevant to the stated academic and professional goals of the intern and to the disciplines represented at the museum. Through participation in an internship, the intern should gain an understanding of the goals and functions of the Anacostia Community Museum. An internship experience, whether for academic credit or not, is essentially a tutorial relationship. Project duties are performed directly under a supervisor who encourages the intern to analyze and reflect upon the project and to relate it to his or her academic and professional goals. The duration of an internship is at least six (6) weeks in length and normally three months to one year with a minimum time commitment of twenty (20) hours per week. Time commitments are flexible and determined prior to the start of the internship when project assignments are discussed.
Internships are available within the Office of Advancement, Collections, Education, Research, Design, Public Relations, and Special Events. Students interested in internships may contact Sharon Reinckens, firstname.lastname@example.org, who will provide guidance for the application process and details regarding available projects.
Applications will be considered and accepted based on staff availability and museum project schedules. No stipends are currently available. Applicants for an internship must be eighteen (18) years of age or older, enrolled at an academic institution that is post-secondary, or have graduated no earlier than six (6) months prior to the commencement of an internship appointment.
An applicant must complete the Internship Application Form on the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System. Only completed applications are considered. All requests for information and submitted applications will receive a response from the internship coordinator. Selection is made on a case-by-case basis with emphasis on student training and experience in regard to project needs at the museum.
Fellows working on a variety of research topics central to the work of the museum and its collections regularly find a home at ACM. Fellows are selected by the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships which issues announcements and refers applicant proposals to a special committee to make final award determinations. These decisions are based on the candidate's academic standing, scholarly competence, experience, and the suitability of the proposed research project of study.