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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Submissions open: 
Friday, February 7, 2020
Application deadline: 
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 23:59

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.


Internship Department: Exhibit Curation and Archival Section

Department Profile: Almost 500,000 people visit the Museum each year, both Cambodians and visitors from more than 60 countries around the world. The Museum is preparing for a large exhibit to mark its 40th anniversary. Students will conduct research for exhibit contents and support the preparation of the exhibit catalog. 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.

Internship Description: 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 researching and preparing exhibit contents, and collecting and arranging the museum’s vast archival collections. The work can include any of the following activities:

· Researching Khmer Rouge history to inform 40th anniversary exhibit

· Researching and interpreting archival materials

· Providing administrative and organizational support

· Other duties as interested/available

Openings: 2

Work Hours: Five days per week, full time, for 8 weeks minimum. 12 weeks preferred. Working hours will be agreed in consultation with supervisor.

Work Attire: Casual, but modest dress should cover knees and shoulders.

Local Language Level Needed: Not Required

Additional desired intern qualifications: 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.

City or Cities: 
Phnom Penh

Undergraduate students including coterms in all majors and MA students in CEAS. 

For more information, please see Eligibility and Stipend.

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Stanford Global Studies Internship Program/Center for Human Rights and International Justice