|Project Title||Web Researcher|
|Project Summary||The intern will focus on research and analysis of modern museums' uses of web-based educational resources and help define the vision for a new, international website. The Office of the Curator, Diplomatic Reception Rooms, U.S. Department of State offers this virtual, experience-oriented internship.|
|Agency||Department of State|
|Number of Interns||10|
The internship is open to graduate and Ph.D. students pursuing degrees in web development, museum education, English, American history, or similar fields. The intern supports the work of the Senior Advisor for Education, Marketing and Outreach of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms as a web researcher. The intern will research the best practices modern museums use to promote themselves and their collections online. The intern will also be expected to critically analyze the technological resources that museums are offering including online exhibits, virtual tours, 3-D printing, metadata, various types of search capabilities, etc.
The 42 Diplomatic Reception Rooms, located on the top two floors of the U.S. Department of State, are the site for many of our nation's diplomatic meetings and events including international summits, treaty negotiations, official U.S. State Luncheons, and important presidential speeches. The rooms house a historic museum-quality collection of more than 5,000 fine and decorative art objects valued at more than $125 million that tell the story of our country's founding and formative years. The fine and decorative arts collection is comprised of paintings, sculptures, prints and manuscripts, furniture, silver, glass, textiles, export porcelain and earthenware from 1730-1840. A significant portion of the collections relate to important moments in our country's history and represent excellent examples of fine and decorative art from important artists and craftsmen. The collection also tells the story of our country's history and cultural heritage, and the importance of diplomacy and civic engagement.