Miles R. Miller (Yakama/Nez Perce), 2013 Curatorial Resident at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, giving a public lecture on contemporary art. Photo by K. Ash-Milby (Navajo), NMAI. Used with permission.
The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) seeks applications for an 18-month paid residency for entry-level Native American museum professionals interested in pursuing museum careers or those early in established careers who feel they would benefit from a residency at NMAI. Applications are due by April 15, 2014. The successful candidate will be expected to begin in June 2014.
A successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to the museum profession through academic preparation, experience with paid or volunteer work at museums or community cultural centers, experience with exhibitions and/or collections research, and/or a track record of community-based scholarship. The curatorial resident will join the staff of the NMAI Museum Scholarship Group and will be assigned to exhibition development and/or collections research projects under the supervision of staff of the Museum Scholarship Group. The resident will enjoy all the privileges and responsibilities of the museum's professional staff, and work assignments will be created to assist with the development of professional skills necessary to the curatorial profession.
Applications should include:
1) complete curriculum vitae or professional resume;
2) a letter of support from an academic or community-based sponsor or mentor;
3) an essay of no more than 1,200 words describing:
a) the candidate’s career goals for museum work;
b) what the candidate hopes to gain from the residency experience; and
c) why the National Museum of the American Indian in particular can play an important role in the candidate’s career development.
Consideration will be given to candidates who can demonstrate how their experience will benefit their communities.
Compensation for the residency will be competitive with entry-level museum appointments in the Washington, D.C., and New York City areas, accompanied by a benefits package including health insurance. The residency includes travel funds for professional development and participation in professional conferences, to be determined in consultation with supervision. Candidates must be American citizens or eligible to work legally in the United States.
Send applications to:
Patricia Scott, NMAI Cultural Resources Center, 4220 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746-2863