Opportunities at the Museum of the New South

Over the course of its twenty-five year history, Levine Museum of the New South has earned a national reputation as a leader in using history to build community through powerful exhibits and programs that prompt dialogue and civic engagement.  Since I assumed the leadership position here last August, I have been continually impressed, not only by the Museum’s work, but by Charlotte’s support of this institution.  We now seek two professionals to join the management team in leading the Museum of the New South into its next twenty-five years.

Attached please find two position announcements:

  1. The Senior Vice President, Audience Engagement is a new position, charged with taking a holistic, audience-centered approach to exhibits and programs.
  2. The Chief Operating Officer will oversee all facets of the Museum’s operations, as well as the finance department, and replaces our current and beloved COO who will retire at the end of June.

Both represent remarkable opportunities for creative, passionate, dedicated, and collaborative professionals who are eager to make a difference in this New South city.

Mount Clare Museum House Docents Needed!

Mount Clare Museum House is accepting applications for volunteer docents with the possibility of becoming paid staff.  Duties include giving tours to visitors and, when time permits, taking on additional projects in line with student’s academic interest.

Must be available Thursdays, Fridays, and/or Saturdays from 10:30 am until 4:15 pm.

Graduate and undergraduate students are both welcome.  Areas of study preferred include African American Studies, American Studies, Art History, History, and other related fields.  Must have an interest in educating the public, both adults and children.

Email director@mountclare.org or call 414-350-7038for more information and/or application materials.

Mount Clare Museum House is the 1760s home of Charles Carroll, Barrister and his wife, Margaret Tilghman Carroll in addition to multiple slaves and indentured servants.  Today, it serves as Baltimore’s revolutionary experience, containing fine collection of antiques portraying life from the eve of Revolution through the War of 1812.

1500 Washington Blvd. Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Intern Opportunity at NMAH Spring 2017

Project Description:

Many Voices, One Nation website content intern (http://americanhistory.si.edu/2-west-nation-we-build-together/many-voices-one-nation)


The Many Voices, One Nation exhibition will open in summer 2017 with an accompanying website. The exhibit team would like to feature many of the exhibit’s objects on this website, with live links to the collections.si.edu page. However, many of the objects in the exhibition are not yet on the collections.si.edu page. We require a student who will conduct research, write labels, and input needed data into the collections database so they may be processed and publicized on the web.


Learning objectives:


  • Student will learn to research from material culture and museum acquisition files
  • Student will learn to write object labels for public use by combining original research with secondary source research
  • Student will be trained on museum database software (XG) and learn to update object files


Please have interested students send their résumé and cover letters to Lauren Safranek at SafranekL@si.edu and cc: me atEatonMO@si.edu.


Deadline Jan 17, 2017 by 12pm!

Museum Education Specialist opening at Alexandria Archaeology

Alexandria Archaeology

Position Opening: Museum Education Specialist 

Follow the link below to learn more about the position and how to apply!


Position Overview: The Museum Education Specialist works with archeologists and historians to plan, design, and develop educational and informational materials and to implement programs and events to communicate the archeological and historical significance of our City.  The richness of our program depends upon the Museum Education Specialist’s abilities to interact with the public and increase understanding of the past. Last year, almost 50,000 people visited the City’s Archeology Museum, located in the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, and the museum hosted special events, activities and tours that brought knowledge of history and archeology to participants.  These activities included hands-on Adventure Lessons, dig days where families toured a plantation site and screened for artifacts found by volunteers and interns; tours of the 18th-century ship discovered on the waterfront, teacher training workshops; a summer camp for 12 to 15-year old students; and lectures to both public and professional audiences.  Special events in the museum emphasizing the integration of art and history also drew more than 1000 participants.  The museum educator oversees many of these museum activities and coordinates events, tours, lectures, and school programs for diverse groups of residents and visitors, thus playing a major role in promoting an understanding of Alexandria’s rich diversity, history and culture. In addition the Museum Education Specialist  administers a Volunteer Program where more than 100 volunteers generally contribute more than 8,000 hours of time over the course of a year.  The Museum Education Specialist also helps design and install exhibitions.

Summer Institute Museum Anthropology – Smithsonian

Call for Applications

Smithsonian Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology at the NMAH

Due March 1, 2017

We are now recruiting prospective graduate student participants for the 2017 Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA). We hope you will forward this announcement to interested students and colleagues and re-post to relevant lists. SIMA is a graduate student summer training program in museum research methods offered through the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History with major funding from the Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation. Summer 2017 dates are June 26-July 21. Student applications are not due until March 1, 2017, but now is the time for students to investigate the program and begin to formulate a research project to propose. Decisions on Faculty Fellows will be made in December.

During four weeks of intensive training in seminars and hands-on workshops in the research collections, students are introduced to the scope of collections and their potential as data. Students become acquainted with strategies for navigating museum systems, learn to select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and consider a range of theoretical issues that collections-based research may address. In consultation with faculty, each student carries out preliminary data collection on a topic of their own choice and develops a prospectus for research to be implemented upon return to their home university. Instruction will be provided by Dr. Joshua A. Bell, Dr. Candace Greene and other Smithsonian scholars, plus a series of visiting faculty.

Who should apply?
Graduate students preparing for research careers in cultural anthropology who are interested in using museum collections as a data source. The program is not designed to serve students seeking careers in museum management. Students at both the masters and doctoral level will be considered for acceptance. Students in related interdisciplinary programs (Indigenous Studies, Folklore, etc.) are welcome to apply if the proposed project is anthropological in nature. All U.S. students are eligible for acceptance, even if studying abroad. International students can be considered only if they are enrolled in a university in the U.S. Members of Canadian First Nations are eligible under treaty agreements.

Costs: The program covers students’ tuition and shared housing in local furnished apartments. A stipend will be provided to assist with the cost of food and other local expenses. Participants are individually responsible for the cost of travel to and from Washington, DC.

SIMA dates for 2017: June 26 – July 21

Application deadline – March 1, 2017

SIMA Directors Joshua Bell and Candace Greene will be at the AAA meetings in Minneapolis fromNovember 16-20 and would be glad to discuss and answer any questions about the program. Email SIMA@si.edu if you would like to schedule time to meet.

Want to discuss a project proposal? We’d love to hear from you. Email SIMA@si.edu

For more information and to apply, please visit http://anthropology.si.edu/summerinstitute/