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National Museum of African American History and Culture – Washington, D.C.

Summer 2013 Fellow: Kalyn McCall

Faculty Mentor: Jim Campbell

Office Description:

The Museum of African American History and Culture is part of the Smithsonian Institution. The museum has several goals including, creating an opportunity for those that care about or who are interested in African American culture to explore and revel in this history and using African American culture as a means to help all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by international considerations. For more information, please visit their official website.

Potential Projects:

The candidate will work directly with curatorial staff in development of the museum’s central inaugural exhibitions.  The fellow will be charged with background historical research on stories and topics for exhibitions, and specific object research, and will be invited to take part in conceptualization meetings with curators and museum designers as well as to work with museum collections staff.  This fellowship will provide a hands-on opportunity to have direct experience in a unique moment in the Smithsonian’s history – the participation in helping to conceptualize and take part in the birth of its newest museum, one that takes as its mission the demonstration of the centrality of African American history and culture to America.

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Curious
  • Attentive to detail
  • Interested in history, museums, public history, African American history and culture

Desired Skills, Experience, and Coursework:

  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Coursework on American and African American history and culture strongly encouraged
  • Ability to carry out research through a variety of online and physical archives

Languages: English.