Latino Museum Studies Program
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2014 Latino Museum Studies Program
June 30 - August 1, 2014

We are happy to share with you the list of practicums that will be offered as part of our 2014 Latino Museum Studies Program. Click on the PDF at the bottom of the page to review the list. Please identify your top three choices in part two of the essay question in our application. ¡Mucha suerte!

Program Overview

Organized by the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC), the Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) was created in 1994 to increase the representation, documentation, research, knowledge and interpretation of Latino art, culture and history. This program focuses on developing museum practice within a framework of Latino cultural studies and is offered in two components.

The first component (June 30 – July 7) is designed to enhance leadership, research and creative skills through a series of lectures, workshops, interactive discussions and behind-the-scenes tours of Smithsonian museums and collections. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian professionals. Curators, researchers, historians, archivists and professors will lead interactive and lively tours and discussions providing participants a unique opportunity to see and hear first-hand the best practices in museums and cultural centers. Additionally, the program will provide an ideal platform to promote the diverse perspectives, fields of study, ethnic backgrounds and experiences of the participants and the faculty.

The second component (July 8 – August 1) consists of practicum project with a selected Smithsonian museum. Applicants are asked to list their top three choices for a project in their application essay. The SLC is excited to partner for a third year with the National Trust for Historic Preservation located in Washington, D.C. to offer additional practica. Smithsonian units participating in the practicum this year include: Smithsonian Latino Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, National Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of Natural History, National Portrait Gallery and the Anacostia Community Museum. Complete practicum descriptions will be posted on our website on March 10, 2014.

The Latino Museum Studies Program provides a national forum for graduate students to share, explore and discuss the representation and interpretation of Latino cultures in the context of the American experience. It provides a unique opportunity to meet and engage with Smithsonian professionals, scholars from renowned universities, and with leaders in the museum field.


  • Share and promote Smithsonian Latino collections and resources
  • Contribute to current research and program development at the Smithsonian
  • Highlight Smithsonian museum practices and methodologies
  • Discuss, explore and expand the methodologies of interpreting visual and material culture in the context of the Latino experience and narrative
  • Develop new ways of thinking and broaden the understanding of fundamental museum issues
  • Create a network among participants, Smithsonian staff, guest faculty and program alumni

Seminar Dates: June 30 - July 7, 2014

Practicum Dates: July 8 – August 1, 2014

Selection Criteria
LMSP is open to graduate students enrolled or engaged in the fields of Latino and Latin American art, culture and history; these include but are not limited to visual arts, sociology, performing arts, literature, cultural anthropology and related studies. Successful candidates should have an active interest in theoretical and practical issues related to museum fields or cultural centers and have original ideas to contribute regarding the representation and interpretation of Latino visual and material culture.

Fees and Expenses
Participation is free and includes accommodations for the duration of the program, as well as the cost of round-trip travel to Washington, D.C. Participants are responsible for all other expenses, including transportation within the city and meals. A modest stipend will be provided to participants who are selected to participate in the four-week practicum component.

Application Process

  • Complete and submit the online application form. All information must be submitted in English. The link to the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) is
  • Request two letters of recommendation. Letters should address why the candidate is an appropriate fit for the program and should be posted to the SOLAA site by the April 21 deadline. The recommender will be notified via email and receive uploading instructions.

Deadline for Application: 5 pm EST, April 21, 2014

Application Guidelines
Online Application
Practicum Descriptions
Frequently Asked Questions