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Request for Proposals

Call for Program Outreach and Communication Support Services

The Museum is seeking services of a qualified individual (contractor) to provide professional, technical, and non-personal program assistance to support the Office of Strategic Partnerships as well as the Robert F. Smith Fund Internships and Fellowships Program, which is housed within OSP. These services include the support of on-going and upcoming OSP programs/projects/initiatives in the arena of Partner Outreach and Communications. The contractor will also perform tasks designed to improve the depth and breadth of OSP’s portfolio and partner communications. The contractor may also be asked to assist with on-going and proposed internally focused projects to strengthen the department’s communication and reporting. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please download the RFQ Packet and adhere to the instructions for submission.  All proposals should be submitted to the attention of Nicole Bryner at BrynerN@si.edu and are due before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018.

Robert Frederick Smith Fund Internship and Fellowship Program

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The Robert Frederick Smith Fund for the Digitization and Curation of African American History was established to advance digital curation, community outreach, and internship initiatives at the Museum. As part of the Smith Fund Internship and Fellowship Program, the Museum will support paid internships at the Museum in Washington, D.C. as well as at select African American museums, art galleries and museums of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, cultural institutions and historic sites, or other related institutions dedicated to the study and preservation of African American history and culture.

Now accepting applications for summer internships. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. March 15, 2018. Learn more about how to apply for current opportunities at the Museum in Washington, DC as well as other United States locations.

Smithsonian Institution Undergraduate Conservation Internships

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The Smithsonian Institution is pleased to announce conservation internship opportunities for the Summer 2018. This internship program will provide an introduction to museum conservation. This program is offered to students to increase participation of groups who are currently underrepresented in the museum field and visual arts organizations are especially encouraged to apply. A conservator’s work involves the preservation of collections, including documentation, treatment, and research. Conservators have academic backgrounds in the arts, sciences or social sciences and attain a professional graduate degree in conservation. 

Now accepting applications for the Summer 2018 10-week session (June 4 – August 10, 2018). The deadline is 11:59 p.m. March 15, 2018 for all materials including letters of reference. Learn more about how to apply for current opportunities at this Museum as well as other Smithsonian units in Washington, DC.

Claudine K. Brown Internship in Education

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The Claudine K. Brown Internship in Education is funded through an endowed fund in memory of Claudine K. Brown, an educator and influential leader of the Smithsonian. Awardees of the Brown Internship are appointed based on a demonstrated interest in the field of education and museum leadership. Internships are available for high school and college students, including under-served youth.

Now accepting applications for the Summer 2018 (June – August). The deadline is 11:59 p.m. March 15, 2018 for all application materials. Interns are placed in offices, museums, and research centers throughout the Smithsonian Institution where they will help to create, develop and disseminate innovative educational programs and resources at the Smithsonian, online, in the classroom and in communities. Learn more about how to apply for current opportunities


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Grants Now Available: African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

The African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is a new initiative of the National Trust for Historic Preservation providing grants in the range from $50,000 to $150,000. These grants are designed to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as sites, museums, and landscape projects representing African-American cultural heritage through grants to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. The Action Fund supports projects focused on African-American cultural heritage, and can include: Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, Project Planning, and Programming and Interpretation. You can read more about eligible activities and expenses, grant conditions, and other information on the program by visiting Forum.SavingPlaces.org/aachactionfund.

There is a two-step process to receive a grant from the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. The first step, a Letter of Intent (LOI), must be submitted by Tuesday, January 31, 2018 at 11:59 local time, through the National Trust's online grants portal. If the LOI is accepted, a full application will be requested of the applicant. Grant awards will be announced in May 2018. National Trust funding is available exclusively to nonprofits and government agencies, and any applicants who are invited to submit a full application will be required to also be Forum members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation at the Organizational level. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email the National Trust Grants Department at grants@savingplaces.org.

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