Smithsonian Institution: Interpreting African American History & Culture Workshop 

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The application process for the 2019 Smithsonian Institution: Interpreting African American History & Culture Workshop is now open. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Friday, November 16, 2018.  To learn more about the NMAAHC Interpretation Workshop, you can download the 2019 Workshop Announcement and Application (pdf). 

The Museum's Office of Strategic Partnerships, in collaboration with Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC), is pleased to offer a professional development opportunity in Interpretive Training for museum professionals dedicated to the study or appreciation of the African Diaspora and African American life, art, history, and/or culture. The training is offered exclusively to individual members of the Association for African American Museums (AAAM) and Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) (or those who work at AAAM and/or SEMC member organizations).

The workshop is geared towards museum professionals who are engaged in historical and cultural interpretation or a closely related field, with career aspirations that involve the field of interpretation.  The goal of the program is to recognize professionals with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to their museum or historic site in the field of interpretation by exposing them to resources and providing training related to personal interpretation. The program additionally addresses the need for greater diversity in the field of interpretation.

Participants who successfully complete the 32-hour Interpretation Workshop will receive National Association for Interpretation (NAI) certification. Interested applicants should be advised that the workshop is an immersive experience with prerequisite reading assignments, to be completed in advance of the workshop as well as study hours and homework, to be completed in the evening hours. Participants will be required to complete an open book multiple-choice literature review, prepare a presentation outline, and present a 10-minute thematic interpretive presentation based on some aspect of African American history and culture on the final day of the workshop. In addition to the 32-hour certification training curriculum, the workshop will include approximately 18 hours visiting and analyzing the interpretation of African American history and culture, including methodology, utilized at a variety of historic sites in the local Charleston area. Please note that tuition fees do not include participant travel to and from Charleston, SC or ground transportation to the workshop site.

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.

Please sign up for the e-mail list to be notified when positions are announced. Internship applications for Summer 2019 will be due February 15, 2019.

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