10-week Summer Internships at NASM

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Two summer Internships at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in objects conservation

Three people examining an object in a spacious, clean lab; two others stand in the background

Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory at the Udvar-Hazy Center (photo by Lisa Young)

A summer internship program has been launched at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar Hazy center in the brand new Emil Buehler laboratory located in Chantilly VA (http://airandspace.si.edu/udvarhazy/). Two, 10-week internship positions are available for students currently enrolled in a recognized training program, and/or advance pre-program individuals with over 1,000 hrs of documented work experience. The two internships offered have specific research components (see descriptions below), in addition to providing hands-on treatments of modern materials.

Description of research for the first internship:
Research on the Aluminum Alloy Disconnects of Spacesuit gloves in the NASM Collection:
A conservation intern is required to assist NASM Conservation staff with primary research on the corrosion and conservation of aluminum alloy glove disconnects related to the space program. The intern will work in a team with NASM conservator Lisa Young, Malcolm Collum (Chief of Conservation), and the curator of the collection. The research will involve hands-on analysis and testing as well as literature searches, contact with industry experts and collaboration with Smithsonian conservators and scientists when deemed necessary.

Contact Lisa Young YoungLA@si.edu with questions regarding this research.

Description of research for the second internship:
Research consolidants and application methods for deteriorating polyurethane foam in the NASM collection:
A conservation intern is requested to collaborate with NASM Conservation staff in the evaluation of treatment methodologies for deteriorating polyurethane foam. This material is found as a component in many composite artifacts in the NASM collection and recent advances have identified new materials to help preserve polyurethane foam. The selected intern would be responsible for conducting hands-on testing and analysis complimented by literature searches and evaluation methods. The intern will work in a team with NASM conservator Lauren Horelick, Malcolm Collum (Chief of Conservation), curators and materials scientists. The intern will have access to other Smithsonian conservators and scientists when deemed necessary.

Contact Lauren Horelick Horelickl@si.edu with any questions regarding this research.

Start / end dates: Monday, June 3-Friday, August 9, 2013.
Funded amount: $ 5,500.00 available for each intern.
Deadline for application: February, 15 2013
Procedure for application: All applications must be submitted on-line through the Smithsonian’s SOLAA web-site (https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html). After creating a username find the link to “Internships” and use the drop down menu for the Air and Space Museum (NASM) for further information about applying. Please specify in your statement of purpose which internship you are applying for. Also, please notify either Lauren Horelick or Lisa Young when you have completed your application so we can be sure it arrives at the correct place.

*Individuals not currently enrolled in school are welcome to apply. Disregard this eligibility requirement on the SOLAA website.

Questions: Application questions should ected to Myra Banks-Scott (BanksScottM@si.edu)