Note: SGS internship placements will not be offered in Phnom Penh in Summer 2018 owing to safety concerns around national elections. Check back for Summer 2019.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a department of the Royal Government of Cambodia under the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. The Museum is the memorial site of the S-21 prison of the Khmer Rouge regime, where 12,000 to 20,000 people are estimated to have perished from torture and execution. It is a place to pay respect to victims who suffered under the regime and to contemplate the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge era between 1975 and 1979. Above all, the Museum aims to be a place for healing the wounds of the past and reconciling with a dark period of our shared human history. In keeping the memory of this tragic past alive, the Museum contributes to making sure such atrocities are not repeated.
The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum volunteer program aims to provide hands-on experience on how to raise awareness about the Khmer Rouge genocide through exhibitions, research, educational programs, and community outreach. Interns will assist in collecting and arranging the museum’s vast archival collections. The work can include any of the following activities:
· Researching and interpreting archival materials
· Providing administrative and organizational support
· Digitalizing documents and photographs
· Translating and summarizing the victims’ confession, from Khmer to English or vice versa (if intern has appropriate language skills)
· Producing transcripts of oral histories collected by Tuol Sleng staff (if intern has appropriate language skills)
Archival Section: from more than 60 countries around the world. Currently, the Museum partners with the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and UNESCO to preserve the Museum as a memorial site and to safely conserve an extensive archive of prisoner’s photos, confessions, and biographies, as well as Khmer Rouge propaganda material in film and magazines. The Museum archives were registered in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2009.
Five days per week, full time, for 8 weeks minimum. 12 weeks preferred. Working hours will be agreed in consultation with supervisor.
Casual, but modest dress should cover knees and shoulders.
It is absolutely necessary that all international interns are prepared for and used to engaging with people from different backgrounds and cultures. This requires respect for fellow Cambodian staff as well as other Cambodians with whom interns will come into contact over the duration of their internship. Such cross-cultural engagement and understanding is fundamental to this work. Respect, openness, and a readiness to learn will ensure that interns get the most out of their experiences in the country and in their internships. Applicants should also be aware of the deeply disturbing nature of many of the historical records at Tuol Sleng, and only apply to this position if they are prepared to work with very serious subject matter.
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