Smithsonian Libraries Presents: Education Latinx Narratives Project-Applications Due: March 22, 2019

Education Latinx Narratives Project

For Summer 2019, the Smithsonian Libraries’ (SIL) Education Department is seeking two interns to assist in the creation of an interactive classroom resource (Unstacked) funded by the Latino Initiative Pool (LIP) Award. Interns in this project will receive a stipend and are eligible for a travel allowance. This internship involves selecting complimentary Smithsonian Libraries images, Smithsonian Institution 3D objects, and Smithsonian Folkways songs and sound files that explore and represent Latinx cultures. The interns will gain experience authoring lessons plans that will accompany the materials in a classroom setting and help guide the visual, tactile, and audio elements of the materials. These lesson plans will be differentiated based on four age groups and across four core concepts (STEM, Cultural History, Language Arts, and Social Justice). In addition, lesson plans will be translated in both Spanish and English.

The ideal candidates for this internship will be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a Masters program in Education, Museum Education, Library Science, Latino Studies, or related field.  Strong proficiency in Spanish and English is required. Experience developing educational materials preferred. Start and end dates are flexible, minimum work must be equivalent to 10 weeks, full-time. Applications close March 22nd, 2019. 

Through this internship, a student will have the opportunity to learn about working with historic materials to tell diverse stories. The student will learn how to collaborate within a cohort of peers and work alongside experience professionals. The student will hone skills in research, writing, storytelling and design and gain experience developing an educational tool to be sent out to schools nationwide. Finally, the student will strengthen their knowledge of the library and museum fields.

Application Materials

All applications must be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system:https://solaa.si.edu. Applicants should be sure to choose “Smithsonian Institution Libraries” as the unit, “Smithsonian Institution Libraries Internship” as the program and “Education – Latinx Narratives” as the preferred project. Please be sure to include the following:

  • Application
  • Resume detailing your experience, career interests and internship goals
  • Unofficial Academic Transcriptions from all colleges/universities attended
  • Academic Essay: two pages describing how academic goals, qualifications and career aspirations relate to the internship at Smithsonian Libraries
  • Two letters of professional or academic recommendation

Applications close March 22, 2019.

Payment
Interns will recieve a stipend of $5,000 (a rate of $500 per week). In addition, students may recieve an allowance covering roundtrip travel costs to and from the Smithsonian.

Schedule
Applicants should expect to be notified of selection status in early April. Internships will be performed for 10 full weeks during the summer. Internships typically begin in early June, though exact dates are flexible, depending on project and supervisor.

Further inquiries about Smithsonian Libraries Internships should be directed to Erin Clements Rushing (rushinge@si.edu).

Additional information about the Libraries internship program may be found online: http://library.si.edu/internships-and-fellowships

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Author: Leslie L Morgan

Leslie serves as the Africana Studies and Education Librarian within the Hesburgh Libraries.