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The Steckler Smithsonian Museum Freer Sackler Summer 19 in Washington D.C.

Contact Name: Cecilia Flanagan
Contact Email: c.flanagan@uci.eduThe Department of Art History announces a new internship with a $6,500 award graciously provided by Vincent Steckler at the Near East Collection, Smithsonian Museum’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Summer 19 in Washington D.C.
Internship dates: 
August 5 to September 20, 2018
Application deadline:
December 17
Internship description and daily tasks:
The Freer and Sackler hold one of North America’s foremost collections of Asian art with especial strengths in the ancient Near East, especially Iran.
The intern will work on one or more of the following projects under the supervision of the internship director.
1) Ernst Herzfeld papers 
Research on the Herzfeld papers related to the excavation documentation in ancient Iran; help with the creation of a thematic map delineating Herzfeld’s work in ancient Iran in connection to his fieldnotes; write blogs. 
2) Ancient Near East Sasanian seals
Research on the Sasanian seals, assist in cataloging and re-measuring some of the seals and drawing them. The student will also assist with the documentation of the seals housed at the NMNH.
3) Ancient Iranian ceramic vessels
Bibliographic research and comparative studies for the ancient Iranian ceramic vessel collection. 
4) Sasanian Silver 
Iconographic research on some of the imagery found on Sasanian silver and creating corpus of related material.
Minimum requirements:
The Freer | Sackler requires that the intern have reading knowledge of at least one of the following languages in order to take the internship: New Persian, Middle Persian and/or German. In addition, previous coursework taken in ancient Iranian art, archaeology or history is required. Previous museum experience working with ancient Iranian objects is also a plus. Excellent academic research and writing skills are also required. Please show evidence of your preparation in your cover letter.

If these requirements are all met by multiple applicants, Art History majors have first priority followed by Art History minors, Art History MA students, Visual Studies PhD students. Exceptional proposals will be considered from other School of Humanities majors and Art Department majors. Proposals from students demonstrating financial need are encouraged.
Application Instructions 
Application Materials and Qualifications: Submit the following application materials for Freer |Sackler internship to Cecilia Flanagan at
• Cover letter (one-page maximum) describing your interest and qualifications.
• Your unofficial transcript reflecting a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher in art history courses at UCI and/or 3.0 overall GPA
• Your cv (one-page maximum) including art history/visual studies courses completed at UCI (you may attach a list of classes separately if needed), any previous internships, and any other relevant work, travel or volunteer experience.
• A reference from an art history faculty member who can speak to your training in ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology and linguistic preparation. You may also submit other references if you think they would be useful to our selection process.
The successful applicant should plan to spend a total of 40 hours a week at the internship and will receive a $6500 award to be processed and paid following completion of the internships and submission of a one-page summary to be written by the intern describing the student’s role in the summer’s internship projects. It should delineate how the student contributed to the Near East Collections long-term projects, what skills were developed, how the experience contributed to the student’s educational and professional goals, and any scholarly publications, museum labels or educational material that will arise from it. A confirmation email from the intern’s supervisor should also be sent to
Antonietta Catanzariti, Ph.D.
Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar
Assistant Curator of Ancient Near East
Smithsonian Institution
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery