Naval History & Heritage Command Underwater Archaeology Branch Internship


The Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) of the Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC) would like to extend an invitation to your institution’s undergraduate and graduate students to consider applying for our academic internship program that focuses on historic preservation and STEM initiatives.


The NHHC is the official history program of the Department of the Navy. Its lineage dates back to 1800 with the founding of the Navy Department Library by President John Adams. The Command now includes several museums, an art gallery, a library, operational archives, a curator branch and the underwater archaeology program.


UAB was formally established in 1996 as a consequence of the Navy’s emerging need to manage, study, conserve, and curate its submerged cultural resources. Since then, the Branch, conveniently located on the Washington Navy Yard, has served as the Navy’s center for expertise on all matters concerning underwater archaeology, cultural resource management, and preservation of ship and aircraft wrecks. In addition to office space, archives, and an equipment depot, the Branch also manages the NHHC’s Archaeology & Conservation Laboratory.

UAB serves four main functions:

o Resource Management & Policy Development. Resource management involves implementing an overall cultural heritage policy, ensuring Navy remains in compliance with historic preservation laws and regulations, forming a sunken military craft inventory, developing individual site management plans, coordinating violation enforcement, coordinating human remains issues, and extensive collaboration with federal, state, local agencies, international counterparts, the non-profit sector, the private sector and the public. The Branch is currently finalizing the implementing regulations for the Sunken Military Craft Act.

o Archaeological & Historical Research. Intrinsically tied to the management of sunken military craft are the inventory, survey, assessment, documentation, research and monitoring of these ship and aircraft wrecks. NHHC undertakes archaeological research as a lead agency, as a collaborator, as a guide, and as a monitor and permit-issuer in the case of external archaeological surveys and/or actions that disturb U.S. Navy sunken military craft. Our more recent projects include the search for Bonhomme Richard in the North Sea, an excavation of a War of 1812 shipwreck in the Patuxent River, MD, and the USS Westfield mitigation excavation, while the conservation of the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley is ongoing in Charleston, S.C.

o Artifact Conservation & Curation. All historic artifacts recovered from an underwater environment require some form of conservation and a proper curation environment to remain in a stable condition. NHHC, via its Archaeology & Conservation Laboratory, is directly responsible for about 7,000 artifacts originating from sunken military craft. The Branch manages an artifact loan program with over 11,000 artifacts on loan to nearly a dozen museums around the country. The remaining 2,700 artifacts are curated in the Laboratory, where a number of them are receiving conservation treatment.

o Education, Public Relations & Information Dissemination. Public education and outreach is a fundamental mission component of NHHC as it helps promote the Navy’s heritage and preserve its sunken military craft from disturbance. Information dissemination occurs through channels such as publications, presentations, lectures, a web and social media presence, and press coverage is pursued on a regular basis.


The UAB Academic Internship Program is oriented towards upper level undergraduate students and graduate students who can devote an academic semester to working full time or nearly full time at the Washington Navy Yard. Internships are unpaid, though the Branch regularly coordinates with academic institutions to ensure all requirements (such as learning objectives, mid-term reviews, and final assessments) are met in order that students receive full credit for their internship with UAB. The UAB Academic Internship is a challenging, work-intensive, and enriching experience aimed at dedicated students who are interested in a diverse, multi-disciplinary, and career-orienting internship. Students are assigned one or two long-term projects to complete during their tenure, and are also given multiple shorter assignments. The combination of cultural resource management policy, archaeological field research, conservation, curation, and public outreach allows for students of differing backgrounds to work on tasks of direct interest to them. Student experience in archaeology, anthropology, historic preservation, conservation, chemistry, museum studies, history, English, public policy, communications, education, computer science, geographic information systems, or library science is preferred. Applications should include a resume, unofficial transcript, writing sample, and 2 recommendation letters. Applications are examined on a rolling admission basis, but a limited number of students per academic semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) are accepted.


Preparing, undertaking, or following up on field investigations

• Conducting archaeological and historical research

• Reviewing, editing or preparing reports

• Synthesizing information and preparing policy or case study briefings

• Conserving artifacts

• Assisting with the UAB artifact inventory, management, and loan program

• Coordinating partner and inter-agency correspondence

• Participating in public outreach and education initiatives such as tours, lectures, presentations, and enhancing the UAB web presence. LOCATION The NHHC headquarters are located on the Washington Navy Yard at 805 Kidder Breese Street SE, Washington D.C., less than a ten minute walk from the Navy Yard Metro stop. The UAB is located within Bldg 70, very close to the National Museum of the United States Navy, the Navy Departmental Library, the Navy Archives, the Navy Art Gallery, and other NHHC components.

For more information on the Underwater Archaeology Branch or NHHC please visit:
For application forms and instructions please visit:
Call us: (202) 433-9761
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UMD Heritage Lectures: Morag Kersel, Wed. Feb. 7 @ 3pm, Woods 1102

Please join us for the talk “Unmasked! Museums, Transparency, the Public Trust, and Things from the Holy Land” given by Morag Kersel, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Museum Studies Minor at DePaul University. The talk will take place Wednesday, February 7 at 3:00 PM in Woods Hall, Room 1102.
Dr. Kersel is the third speaker for the 2017–2018 UMD Heritage Lectures series, co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Program in Historic Preservation. Her work combines archaeological, archival, and ethnographic research in order to understand the efficacy of cultural heritage law in protecting archaeological landscapes. She co-directs the Follow the Pots Project (, which traces the movement of Early Bronze Age pots from the Dead Sea Plains in Jordan. She is co-author (with Christina Luke) of U.S. Cultural Diplomacy and Archaeology (Routledge 2013) and a co-editor (with Matthew T. Rutz) of Archaeologies of Text: Archaeology, Technology and Ethics (Oxbow 2014).
Museums earn the public’s trust when they are seen as the authority on issues related to care, protection, interpretation, and provenance of the items in their collections. The public counts on the museum to act ethically and to be responsible and transparent in the presentation of the past – they place their trust in the organization. Recent exhibitions of artifacts from the Holy Land at institutions like the Royal Ontario Museum, The Israel Museum, and the Museum of the Bible allow for the examination of museums and public trust. This lecture will examine the differing strands of museum obligation – to the public, to students, to board members, the academic community, the country of origin, and ultimately to the archaeological record. Using the exhibition of things from the Holy Land as a lens we will investigate the politics of public display and the role of the museum.

ALHFAM 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference Fellowships

The application for fellowships to attend the 2018 ALHFAM Annual Meeting & Conference in Tahlequah, OK, June 105, 2018, is now available.

Fellowships are awarded to individual members who have not previously received a fellowship, and those who have not attended an ALHFAM annual conference are especially encouraged to apply.

Fellowships included full conference registration ($400) plus $300 towards travel or lodging expenses.

Applications are due on or before March 15, 2018, and recipients will be notified by April 1, 2018.

A link to the fellowship application can be found here:

If you have any questions, please contact Alisa Crawford, chair of the Fellowship Committee. Her contact information is on the application form.

NMAH Summer Internships

How to apply to summer internships at the National Museum of American History

Interested applicants must go on to SOLAA, the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system and create an account. Fill out your contact information, upload a résumé, two letters of recommendation, transcript (unofficial copy accepted) and a two page essay (summarizing your skills, coursework and experiences as well as sharing your learning expectations).

SOLAA Program Choices for NMAH

NMAH Development Internship (External Affairs) Program, Summer internship deadline March 1.

NMAH Special Events (External Affairs) Program, Summer internship deadline March 1.

NMAH Office of Communications and Marketing Internship Program, Summer internship deadline March 1.

For all other internship opportunities at NMAH (Curatorial Projects, Archives Center, Education, Daily Programs, Graphic Production, Exhibition Design and many more!) choose NMAH Internship Program. Then you can choose up to three project choices!

For paid internships

You can apply to one of these paid internships and in your essay express your interest in a placement at the National Museum of American History or any Smithsonian  unit of your choice that is accepting internship applications. (Smithsonian-wide section)

Part-Time Visitor Services Associate at Historic Annapolis

Are you looking for part-time education and visitor services work in the museum field?

Please see the following opening with Historic Annapolis in Annapolis, MD, and submit your application if you are interested! Multiple openings are available.

JOB TITLE: Visitor Services Associate

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Hourly, non-exempt, up to 25 hours per week

DATE UPDATED: January 16, 2018

REPORTS TO: VP of Education and Interpretation

HOURLY RATE: $10 per hour


The Visitor Services Associate is expected to assist with all aspects of visitor services at the William Paca House and Gardens: staffing the reception desk; admissions, membership and retail sales; collecting visitor statistics; maintaining site security; giving tours; and assisting with public programs, events, and other duties as assigned.


– Assists with general museum reception and visitor services and maintains the highest standards of customer service for all visitors.

– Responds effectively and knowledgeably to questions from visitors regarding Historic Annapolis, Inc., HA sites and exhibit information, planned programs/events, local tourist information, and membership and volunteer opportunities.

– Responsible for all opening and closing procedures, both at the register and reception desk and in opening and closing the William Paca House and Gardens.

– Performs accurate POS retail sales processing, admissions, event, and membership sales through two software platforms (Counterpoint and Altru) to balance the day’s business in the appropriate manner.

– Provides in-depth and engaging tours of the William Paca House.

– Answers the telephone and provides requested information. If unable to answer the question, VSAs forward the call to appropriate staff members, using good communication skills and working collaboratively to do so.

– Performs store maintenance, restocking supplies, and cleaning as needed to optimize the appearance of the retail sales floor and all merchandise.

– Participates in all aspects of setup/break down and staffing of HA events in support of the organization as requested and needed.

– Assists with public, education, and fundraising programs.

– Is knowledgeable about HA membership levels and benefits and promotes HA membership sales.

– Willingly and enthusiastically assists HA staff with tasks as needed, including administrative tasks and public and fundraising programs.

– Other duties as assigned.


– College preferred, high school or G.E.D. essential. Those with degrees in history, art history, museum studies, education, or related fields are encouraged to apply.

– A minimum of one year of work experience in retail or customer service position.

– Demonstrated interest in and aptitude for providing high-quality educational content to a diverse general public.

– Dedicated commitment to the philosophy and mission of Historic Annapolis.

– Excellent customer service abilities, accuracy, enthusiasm and productive work ethic.

– Effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

– Effective knowledge of HA properties and programs as well as Annapolis tourism and restaurants.

– Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with a diverse population of visitors and staff.

– Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.

– Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, database system and Power Point required.

– Ability to follow policies, procedures, and instructions to accomplish assigned tasks accurately and appropriately.

– Demonstrate a desire and ability to function as a team player, including working a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, to accommodate the needs of Historic Annapolis.

– Public speaking experience.

You can view this listing at To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume

Field School in Ireland Summer 2018

Dr. Stephen Brighton’s Field School in Ireland explores the material history of the Irish Diaspora in and around Skibbereen, County Cork, an area that is infamous as a metaphor for the impacts and horrific sufferings of the Great Starvation. Through archaeological investigations, archival research, and interviews with local historians of the Skibbereen Heritage Center and members of the local community, students will receive extensive and intensive experience learning about the Irish Diaspora, socio-cultural change in Ireland over time, and the experience of Irish immigrants internationally.

For more information, visit:

Summer ’18 Internship And Fellowship

Summer ’18 Internship And Fellowship Application 
Digitization and Curation of African American History
National Museum of African American History & Culture
This program seeks to build a professional pipeline for historically underrepresented individuals to grow successful careers in the cultural sector. All internship opportunities with this program will focus on work related to digital imaging, media preservation, digital preservation of personal and community objects, digital content management, collections information management, recording and preserving oral histories, or digital filmmaking.
Intern Benefits
  • Meaningful stipend to defray living expenses during the tenure of the appointment
  • Need-based housing and transportation stipends available for summer internships. Students qualify by selecting their need to pay rent during their term on the application.
  • Flexible start and end dates
  • Structured mentorship opportunities both within the Museum and with outside professionals
  • A calendar of professional development seminars catered to the needs of historically underrepresented individuals in the cultural sector
  • Paid registration and travel to attend the Association of African American Museums annual conference in August 2018
  • Paid professional memberships

Position Announcement: Executive Director

Position Announcement: Executive Director

The Laurel Historical Society, a small community history organization in Laurel, Maryland, seeks a energetic, creative, and goal-oriented leader to serve as Executive Director.

About the Laurel Historical Society:

The Laurel Historical Society (LHS) operates the Laurel Museum in an 1840s mill workers building which is owned by the City of Laurel. The LHS works to preserve the cultural and historical heritage of Laurel. Its holdings include a substantial collection of artifacts, photographs, documents, and ephemera related to the history of Laurel. The Laurel Museum has an exhibit which changes each year, a research library, Diven’s Den (an interactive discovery area), and a museum shop. The LHS holds approximately 10-15 programs a year, including two STEM-based summer camps. Strong partnerships within the community are vital to the organization.

Job Description:

The primary responsibilities of the Executive Director are the management of the LHS, which includes operation of the Laurel Museum, and the management of the LHS Collection. In conjunction with the Board of the LHS and its Executive Committee, the Executive Director undertakes long- and short-range planning, policy development, budget preparation and monitoring, and development of LHS programs and services. The Executive Director manages a part-time assistant and approximately 60-70 volunteers who serve as docents and on established committees that support the core work of the organization. The Executive Director represents the LHS in the community, participates in events which increase awareness of Laurel history and of the LHS, expands community outreach, and performs duties which foster donation of relevant artifacts and funds to the LHS.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director:

•                     Supervises Paid and Volunteer Staff: Identifies, assigns, and supervises work of the paid part-time assistant and the volunteer staff. Assures that all are appropriately trained and adequate staffing is maintained to meet the LHS needs and objectives. Creates a congenial atmosphere and environment conducive for recruiting and retaining volunteers.

•                     Financial records, Reports, and Proposals: Performs ongoing daily financial management as well as long-term planning and reporting. Works with the Board of Directors to develop a yearly budget for the LHS. Oversees bookkeeper; works with bookkeeper and treasurer to maintain all financial records and conduct a yearly review.

•                     Planning: Responsible for strategic planning, as well as creating long-term, short-term, and annual goals and objectives for the organization.

•                     Exhibits: Works with the Exhibits Committee to develop and implement exhibits for the Laurel Museum and off-site venues.

•                     Collection: Works with the Collections Committee to ensure items donated to the LHS are appropriately reviewed, accessioned, conserved, preserved, and cataloged.

•                     Community Outreach: Develops programs, community activities, and appropriate meetings which further the mission of the LHS and benefit the community

•                      Website, Promotion and Publicity: Promotes LHS and Museum events and activities. Keeps website current.

•                     Membership: Works to increase membership numbers and member benefits, and maintains LHS member records on PastPerfect.

•                     Development: Sets goals for all major fundraising efforts, tracks totals, and reports to appropriate committees. Works with special event committees (e.g. Gala, Holiday House Tour) to create sponsorship levels as well as solicit and process donations.

•                     Grants: Identifies grant opportunities and works to develop government, non-profit, and foundation grants to support the operations of the LHS. Responsible for appropriate monitoring of grants and required reporting.

•                     Records: Keeps electronic records in an orderly and accessible system and monitors regular file back-up. Maintains hard-copy files in an organized manner.

•                     Facilities, Supplies and Equipment: Coordinates maintenance of the museum building, grounds, and equipment, and provides for safe and reliable operation of the Laurel Museum. Maintains adequate supplies for LHS and Museum operation within budget parameters.

•                     Museum Operations and Visitor Services: Regularly meets with Assistant to the Director to oversee coordination of all Museum functions and services. Provides oversight and support as needed to the Assistant, who schedules group tours and coordinates volunteer staffing for regular open hours as well as special tours and events. May conduct some tours and educational programs. Maintains records related to utilization of the Museum.

•                     Museum Shop: Provides final oversight on shop purchases, timing of shop activities, and setting of prices for the shop.

•                     Professional Development: Participates in educational activities and museum associations to keep abreast of the latest development in small museum and historical society management.

Skills and Expertise Required:

•                     Supervisory skills, especially as relevant to a volunteer staff, financial, and administrative management of an organization

•                     Ability to serve as an articulate spokesperson for the LHS

•                     Experience in development and fundraising, including foundation and government grants as well as corporate and private donations; demonstrated ability to develop partnerships and identify creative solutions

•                     Financial record-keeping skills

•                     Knowledge of Museum Professional policies, issues, and strategies

•                     Familiarity with PC environment and knowledge of the following applications: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, PastPerfect, QuickBooks, and Dropbox; knowledge of  G Suite helpful

•                     Adept at Social Media, especially Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

•                     Interpersonal and team interaction skills; ability to work with a diverse community and with standing and ad hoc committees

•                     Ability to meet the physical demands of working and transporting materials in an historic building with non-standard stairs


The Executive Director will have a relevant bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years’ work in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience, demonstrating ability required to support a non-profit organization and manage service for a small historical society and museum staffed primarily with volunteers.

Location: The Executive Director will be based at the Laurel Museum in Laurel, Maryland.

Salary: This is a full time, salaried position, salary range $40,000-$50,000 DOE, which requires some weekend and evening hours.  The work schedule is flexible and some duties may be performed from home.

Closing date: February 2, 2018

To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to: with Executive Director in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.

Position at David C. Driskell Center



The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland seeks a detail-oriented undergraduate or graduate student to serve as an archives digitization assistant for the Driskell Center Digitization Project, a project to preserve, reformat, digitize, and increase access to the Center’s 1,550-object art collection and 150 audio tapes, 90 visual reels, 1,500 photographs, and 3,500 slides. The student would work with the Driskell Center’s archival collection on this project, namely the photographs, slides, and documents. This position is supported in part by a two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services [IMLS] through its Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program.

This position is valuable for students who are pursuing information science, library & information science, museum scholarship, art history, anthropology, and similar fields as their majors and whose career goal is to work in a library, archive, or museum. This position provides learning experience in using scanning equipment and software to digitize, name, and store archival materials including photographs, slides, and documents, some of which are fragile in nature; researching subjects included in the archive particularly around African American art and artists; and working with PastPerfect, a museum database software. Among the responsibilities are scanning and describing archival material; creating metadata, organizing, naming, and
maintaining digital files created; and working with PastPerfect software. He/she will follow the Center’s evolving digitization policies and procedures which are being created as part of the grant. Training for all equipment and PastPerfect will be provided.
He/she will work closely with and report to the Driskell Center’s Archivist, Stephanie Smith, as well as the Deputy Director, Dorit Yaron, and the graduate assistant on this project.

• Must be enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Maryland, College Park.
• Must be in good standing academically.
• Must be enrolled in the following departments, or others in related studies: Information Science, Library & Information Science, Museum Scholarship and Material Culture Certificate, Art History and Archaeology, Anthropology, and History (Museum Studies certificate in particular).
• Must be detail oriented and have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Must be able and willing to handle fragile objects.
• Excellent writing, editing, and organizational skills are a must.
• Knowledge of databases such as MS Excel and Photoshop are preferred.
• Interest in African American art is desired.
Student must be able to work min 8 hours/week to max 12 hours/week. Starting hourly rate is $12 per hour.
The position is available starting January 2018.

Due to the nature of this position which will require training and includes professional responsibilities, a preference will be given to students who are graduating no earlier than May 2019 and who would be available to continue this position throughout the summer of 2018.

Please send the following items to Stephanie Smith, Archivist, David C. Driskell Center,
• A cover letter outlining your interest in the position, with a brief description of relevant work projects.
• A resume with a list of relevant courses completed or currently in progress; and your experience with any of the responsibilities mentioned above.
• A list of two professional references (references should include current phone numbers and email addresses).

SIMA Symposium




The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) is hosting a symposium at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History on November 27-28, 2017 to mark the ten year anniversary of the initial planning for the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology. Since its inception, SIMA has trained 108 graduate students in methods for the use of museum collections to advance the field of anthropology, 41 collections interns to be future museum and archives professionals, and 7 university professors to help integrate museum collections into their teaching. The symposium program will showcase SIMA’s contribution to the field of museum anthropology by featuring the work of former SIMA students and include keynote lectures by Howard Morphy, distinguished Professor of Anthropology and founding Director of the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University, and Ruth Phillips, Professor of Art History and Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa.

The program is free and open to the public.

Time:    November 27 – 9:00am-6:00pm

                November 28 – 9:30am-2:30pm

                Place:    Q?rius Theater, National Museum of Natural History

                10th Street & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC


Support for this program has been provided by the Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation under Grant #1424029.