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American Anthropological Association Summer Internship Program

The application for 2018 internships will open in early 2018. 

Program Details:
The American Anthropological Association is pleased to offer two internship opportunities funded by member donations for the summer of 2017. 


Internships are six weeks in length from July 3 through August 19, 2016.  Internships are unpaid however; interns will be provided housing and a meal/travel stipend.

Interns will spend approximately 40 percent of their time working onsite at the AAA offices in Arlington, VA, and the other 60 percent of their time working on-site at one of two locations described below.


AAA Internship Program Partnerships

NHHC Internship
The Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC), located on the historic Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC is the official program of the Depart of the Navy. The NHHC is home to the Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) which serves to manage, research, conserve, and interpret the Navy's collection of sunken and terrestrial military craft. This includes over 2,500 shipwrecks and 14,000 aircraft wrecks dispersed around the globe. 

The NHHC Underwater Archaeology Branch serves four main functions:

Interns can expect to work on tasks such as: Preparing, undertaking, or following up on field investigations; Conducting extensive archaeological and historical research at local and national archives; Preparing, reviewing, editing or preparing reports; Conserving and cataloging artifacts; Assisting with artifact inventory, management, and loan programs; Developing a photo database of past field projects; Participating in public outreach and education initiatives such as tours, lectures, and presentations; Creating public outreach and education materials such as blogs and brochures.

National Museum of African Art Internship
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art has the largest publicly held collection of the arts of Africa in the United States. Diverse in terms of geography, time period and geography, this collection includes more than 12,000 objects representing nearly every country in Africa dating from the 11th century to contemporary times, and includes sculptures, textiles, photography, pottery, paintings, jewelry, works on paper, and video art. 

The museum's mission, achieved through its research, collections, exhibitions, and programs, is to foster the global appreciation of the visual arts of Africa, the cradle of humanity, and its diasporas.

The selected intern would be placed in the museum's curatorial department, and his or her assignment would include object-based work related to a future exhibition. 

An interest in African arts and cultures, demonstrated by relevant coursework, travel, research, or other experiences, is required for this internship, as well as an understanding background of curatorial practice and procedures.

AAA On-Site Activities
AAA activities will include the following:

After Reviewing the above information, please proceed to the online application.

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