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Shane Talia is currently working at the University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) in Brunswick as part of his internship for AIM717: Heritage in the Field. Shane is working on a series of objects that once belonged to the National Mutual Life Association of Australasia, including antique office equipment, commemorative artifacts, photographs, textiles and other miscellanea. This fine curio is a late 19th-century Tate's Patent Arithmometer; one of the first mechanical calculators to be used on a daily basis in an office environment. The Tate's brand is quite uncommon in collections today as not a large number of these units were manufactured (although it was widely cloned), and very few have survived in intact, working condition.
Internships have long been part of the CHMS (Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies) program at Deakin University. Our interns are highly valued by organisations and in some cases are paid to work alongside other employees.
An agreement with the City of Bayside pioneered the concept of a paid-internship, and the third intern under this arrangement, Jean Chen, has just been appointed. Singapore born, Jean, is a graduate of ANU in history and over the next 12 months, while completing her post-graduate studies in cultural heritage at Deakin, she will work part-time to develop an exhibition for the Brighton Cultural Centre.
The idea of the paid-intern has also been supported by the Deakin University Art Gallery who have just appointed Samantha Willis to work on the development of an exhibition that includes the work of Deakin based contemporary artists. Samantha is undertaking the course in museum studies alongside running her own graphic design business.
Over a number of years the CHMS staff have built a strong connection with UNESCO Bangkok through the activities of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP) and it is gratifying to announce that Jennifer Chandler will continue to build on this relationship through a 4 month internship with the Culture Unit. This is wonderful opportunity for Jennifer who is a practising archaeologist seeking to pursue her interests in cultural landscapes and intangible heritage issues and to gain more professional experience in a regional context.
Lastly, it is also with great pride that we can announce that Clare Diamond has been selected to undertake a Curatorial Scholarship at The Dax Centre, Parkville, which collects in the specialist area of mental illness and trauma. Clare will receive a generous stipend and will work part-time for the next year on a range of curatorial duties. Clare also intends to develop her interest and expertise in this area through undertaking an associated CHMS Honours dissertation.
We wish all these CHMS students great success in their projects!
Dr Jonathan Sweet, Internship co-coordinator
Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies (CHMS)
In partnership with the City of Bayside, Melbourne, the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, is pleased to announce new opportunities for Museums Studies or HDR students to gain valuable curatorial expertise.
Three paid internships are available 2009-2012.
Each appointment will be part-time for one year, during which time the intern will curate one exhibition (under supervision) and undertake other associated duties.
Enrolled students who meet the pre-requisites will be eligible to apply for these positions.
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