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Am Cleveland Museum of Art wird im Sommer eine Praktikumsstelle vergeben.

Collections Research Internship: Manuscripts of Sanskrit Texts (SUMMER 2022)

The curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art seeks applicants for a paid summer internship. Applicants must be proficient in reading Sanskrit in handwritten Devanāgarī scripts of western Indian Jain manuscripts from the 1200s to 1500s and/or Rañjanā scripts of eastern Indian Buddhist manuscripts from the 1100s. Knowledge of Pāli as written in Burmese square script and Singhalese script, and/or old Gujarati written in Devanāgarī also would be helpful. The intern will assist the curator in preparing selected manuscripts for complete presentation on the museum’s Collections Online website in advance of their exhibition in Text and Image in Southern Asia, opening on August 26, 2022. The intern would have the opportunity to work with the curator on paginating the original manuscripts to prepare each folio for high-resolution photography. The intern is to provide transliterations and English translations, mainly based on published versions of the Kalpā-sūtra, Prajñāpāramitā, and Pañcarakṣā texts, for each page and then enter them in the museum’s database. Finally, the intern would compose a 10-word “Did you Know…?” fact and a 65-word summary about the content of each page.

By the conclusion of the internship, the intern will:

  • become proficient in South Asian codicology as a result of having the opportunity to work with original manuscripts from the 1100s to 1800s from India, Nepal, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka alongside the curator and to experience their materiality, structure, and function.
  • become proficient in reading handwritten scripts from a range of regions and time periods.
  • become fully acquainted with the content of fundamental primary texts of Buddhism and Jainism.
  • learn to use Athena (the CMA’s collections management software) and understand how to build assets for online manuscript readers.

Requirements and Competencies:

  • Must be proficient in reading Sanskrit
  • Must upload a complete application including: a resume, a letter of interest (cover letter), transcript, and contact information for three references
  • Cleveland Museum of Art requires that external applicants be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status before their start date. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief may request an accommodation.

Application Deadline: April 22, 2022

This will be an onsite position. The rate of pay for this position is $8,400 (35 hours/week at $20/hour for a maximum of 12 weeks) plus up to $2,600 for travel expenses. The position can begin as early as June 6th and continue up to August 26, 2022 with work hours Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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