The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

2012 Internships for Research Projects at the Museum Conservation Institute

The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute is offering short-term opportunities to work on research projects with staff members. The internships are intended mainly for the summer of 2012, but consideration will be given to projects at other times during the year. Preference will be given to applicants currently enrolled in conservation training programs or graduate students in related subjects. A stipend may be offered for a period of up to 10 weeks. Projects will be supervised by the following staff members, whom applicants are urged to contact in advance of application:

Mary Ballard, Senior Textiles Conservator, 301-238-1210,

Harriet F. (Rae) Beaubien, Head of Conservation (archaeological materials), 301-238-1235,

Paula DePriest, Deputy Director (biodeterioration), 301-238-1206,

Christine France, Physical Scientist (stable isotopes), 301-238-1261,

Jennifer Giaccai, Conservation Scientist, 301-238-1211,

Carol Grissom, Senior Objects Conservator, 301-238-1236,

Robert Koestler, Director (biodeterioration), 301-238-1205,

Nicole Little, Physical Scientist (ICP-MS, XRD, SEM-EDS), 301-238-1243,

Odile Madden, Research Scientist (modern materials, plastic, Raman spectroscopy), 301-238-1257,

Mehdi Moini, Senior Research Scientist (mass spectrometry/ proteomics)301-238-1238,

Hanna Szczepanowska, Research Conservator (museum environments), 301-238-1232,

Jia-Sun Tsang, Senior Paintings Conservator (modern and contemporary art), 301-238-1231,

Ed Vicenzi, Research Scientist (microchemistry/microscopy), 301-238-1215,

Melvin Wachowiak, Senior Conservator (advanced imaging, 3D scanning, and wooden artifacts), 301-238-1218,

Donald Williams, Senior Furniture Conservator (wooden artifacts), 301-238-1239,

Applications must be made on line at by March 30, 2012. Selected candidates will be interviewed by telephone, although MCI visits are welcome. Notifications will be sent by April 15, 2012.

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