Description of 2014 Internship Opportunities

Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions (CMHI) Digital editing of Yaxchilan stelae images and Library/archive research to verify monument provenience for the CMHI, Yaxchilan 3.4 fascicle publication.  The intern will assist with digital editing of scanned photographs and line drawings for publication preparation. This primarily will include silhouetting of the monument image from the photo background and clean up of scanned line drawings that were previously inked on drafting film. Depending on skill level there will be the possibility of advancement to compilation of photo mosaics or production of a new line drawing created by intern. All digital editing work will be on a Wacom pen display using Adobe Photoshop in the Mesoamerican Lab and Corpus Office. May conduct research to assist in verifying the provenience information and dimensions of the Yaxchilan stelae. Qualifications: Demonstrated artistic ability and an intermediate-level skill with Adobe Photoshop by portfolio or previous experience. Previous experience using an electronic drawing tablet a plus. Demonstrated basic level of knowledge of Maya inscriptions and iconography through coursework or fieldwork.

Conservation: Preventive conservation of selected at-risk metal and composite objects. Intern will focus on a set of at-risk museum three-dimensional objects from several different cultural regions of the world. The objects are in need of basic care, documentation, and rehousing. Intern will be trained to photograph, assess condition, perform surface cleaning, create new housings, and enter data into the Museum’s database. May conduct curatorial consultation and archival or bibliographic research.  The results of this project will include updated condition assessments of at-risk objects and improved rehousing for more than 100 small- to medium-sized objects for safe teaching and research accessibility. Intern will be exposed to museum theory, ethics, and collections stewardship (collections care, preventive conservation, technical documentation) and bibliographic research methods. Qualifications: Course-work in anthropology, fine arts, and studio arts (metalwork/jewelry; sculpture), museology, or conservation and prior experience in handling museum or gallery art or artifacts or studio art experience desireable. Demonstrated ability to work with hands, use small fine tools, ability to focus on details, and to record data with accuracy.

Harvard Yard Archaeology: Intern will assist in the completion of 2011 HYAP (Harvard Yard Archaeology Project) field report. Intern will assist museum staff with the documentation and analysis of historical archaeological collections toward a comprehensive report of recent excavations. This will involve compilation and refinement of data, entry into the museum database, analysis on some parts of the collection, and refinement of site maps. Qualifications: Knowledge of mapping using Geographic Information Systems for the creation and documentation of spatial datasets for archaeology in highly preferred. Applicants should have course-level and/or knowledge of North American anthropology. The proposed internship project is designed for a student who is interested in eastern North American archaeology.

Archaeology of Printing Type from Harvard Yard: Analysis and Cataloguing of Printing Type Excavated from Harvard Yard. Through technological, typometric, and archaeometric (XRF) analysis, Intern will prepare a descriptive catalog of 34 known pieces of lead alloy printing type recovered during archaeological excavations in Harvard Yard. The proposed internship project is designed for a student who is interested in eastern North American archaeology and/or materials analysis. Qualifications: Course-level knowledge of North American anthropology, archaeology, and/or history.

Publications/Peabody Museum Press: The proposed internship provides practical experience in all aspects of museum and scholarly publishing, from acquisitions through editorial, design, production, and post-production activities. It also introduces the intern to diverse anthropological subject matter and a wide range of museum collections. The intern will work under the supervision of the press director and project manager on books in preparation and production during June and July 2014. Specific areas of activity will include work on two projects for the museum's 150th anniversary, involving Collections research, writing, art "wrangling," assembling and inventorying visual materials, bibliographic assistance, and general Press task such as assisting with book orders, manuscript preparation, and proof-reading.Qualifications: Superior writing skills and attention to detail; knowledge of anthropology/archaeology subject matter; and familiarity with some or all of the following programs: Word, FileMaker, Excel, InDesign, PhotoShop.

Visual Anthropology: Research and Production Assistance with In-House Museum Video. Conduct photographic, object and architectural research for 150th anniversary video. Assist in logging, sound recording, shooting, and editing of video. And Curatorial Organization of Past and Present Visual Anthropology Museum Projects, including help with collecting past photographic exhibition components and entering these into Museum database. Qualifications: Extensive research experience, especially photographic research. Excellent organizational skills. Experience with various computer applications and data bases. Video production experience desired but not required.

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