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Summer Graduate Research Assistant program at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum‏

Applications due April 13, 2012

The Center is pleased to invite applications for the Summer Graduate Research Assistant program, designed for students accepted to or currently enrolled in a master's (MA) degree program. Students who have completed their MA within the last two years but are not yet enrolled in a doctoral (PhD) program also will be considered. The objective of the assistantship is to acquaint promising MA-level students with Holocaust studies by encouraging participation in the broad range of scholarly and public educational programs offered by the Museum during the summer months. Applications are welcome from students in all relevant academic disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, psychology, sociology, geography, and others.

Projects may include but are not limited to: (1) conducting research on Holocaust-specific and Holocaust-relevant courses in the United States, including assisting with statistical assessments of the state of the field; (2) facilitating preparations related to the August 2012 seminar on Poland and Ukraine during and after World War II in the Records of the International Tracing Service Collection, as well as other projects related to the International Tracing Service digital collection at the Museum; and (3) supporting the research, annotation, contextualization, and editing required for advancing the Museum's Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945 (vols. 3-6) and the archival source series Documenting Life and Destruction, especially for Jewish Responses to Persecution, 1933-1946 (vols. 3-5), and The Holocaust in Hungary.

In addition to each applicant's involvement in these projects, graduate assistants will be expected to participate in a weekly training seminar led by Museum staff, introducing them to key subjects, essential tools, useful methods and approaches, as well as career opportunities in Holocaust research. Each assistant will meet with a staff mentor who will assign weekly tasks and project goals and discuss the progress in achieving them. Assistants will be expected to familiarize themselves with relevant topics through assigned readings and actively engage with Center staff.

Assistants will be required to be in residence at the Museum for 12 consecutive weeks, arriving on June 1, 2012, and departing on August 24, 2012. They will receive a stipend of $2,500/month, as well as a stipend to offset the cost of direct, economy-class travel to and from Washington, DC. Local assistants will not receive a travel allowance.

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