Cambodia and New York Internships
Interns must attend the Tulane Siena program to be qualified for these positions. All internships will begin after the Siena program, working based on the knowledge gained there. To apply, once you have registered and paid a deposit for the Siena program, please complete this form which will include the following application materials
- Current Resume
- Current Transcript
- Personal statement (no more than 1 - 2 pages) explaining why you think you will be a good fit for this position
Applications will be taken on a first come basis until all spots are filled.
We are looking for approximately 15 interns to work in Cambodia and New York for a minimum of four weeks (six weeks is the preferable length). Due to the project's large scope, there is much room to accommodate the students' individual qualifications and interests.
The most important — and nonnegotiable — quality is the willingness and ability to live and work in a developing country. Preferably applicants will have traveled overseas, and in the third world, but what they lack in such experience they could make up for in enthusiasm. As for other requirements, a background in civil law would be helpful, as would a reading knowledge of French. An understanding of international law is also very important.
Internships are available for Siena students interested in working with the Holocaust Art Restitution Project. Students will be working on both Nazi-looted art and antiquities looting matters with a combination of research (particularly in the National Archives and Library of Congress) and writing (white papers and perhaps briefs) supervised by a leading historian in the field, Marc Masurovsky.
Interns can work in New York with The Ciric Law Firm, PLLC, the probono firm for HARP. Interns will be working on cultural heritage cases (mostly World War II cases), CLE program formation, and will have the possibility of writing for publication. Interns can be located in New York or work remotely, but must be able to meet in New York at the request of the firm.
These internships will be supervised by historian Marc Masurovsky, who has long been a leader in the field of Holocaust repatriation and restitution, as well as the broader fight to stop the plunder of cultural objects and sites. Marc Masurovsky is on the research staff of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the US. He co-founded the Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP) in 1997 and has served as its Director of Research and is a Board member. He has researched the question of assets looted during the Holocaust and World War II since 1980 and has worked as an expert historian on a class-action lawsuit for Jewish claimants seeking restitution of lost accounts and other liquid assets from Swiss banks. As a consultant and historian for the Department of Justice's Office of Special Investigations, he researched alleged Nazi war criminals living in the U.S., interviewed witnesses to crimes against humanity and studied post-war relations between former Nazi officials and Allied intelligence agencies. Mr. Masurovsky earned his M.A. in Modern European History from American University in Washington, D.C. For his Master's thesis, he researched "Operation Safehaven: the Allied response to Nazi post-defeat planning, 1944-1948.
The Khmer Empire was once the most powerful force in Southeast Asia. More than 500 years after its collapse, its splendor survives in the art and archaeology of Cambodia. This heritage is among the kingdom’s most important resources, but having survived centuries of war and abandonment, may be destroyed by its own popularity. Looters are decimating ancient Khmer sites --- desecrating tombs, beheading statues, and ransacking temples --- in search of valuable antiquities to sell on the international market.
In response to this plunder, the Kingdom of Cambodia's Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MOCFA) is launching a department to study and combat the illicit antiquities trade. Thanks to a partnership with Tulane Law School, graduate students now have an unprecedented opportunity to become involved in this exciting work. Selected interns will travel to the capital of Phnom Penh, where they will work alongside Cambodian and international colleagues, assisting the government in one of its most crucial efforts.
In addition to making a valid contribution to Cambodia, interns will benefit from their work by:
- becoming competent in legal research, using both print and electronic resources, as well as archival research;
- developing a pragmatic understanding of a foreign legal system and public international law;
- analyzing legislation and making recommendations for improvement;
- assisting in the drafting of regulations, sub-decrees, and decrees; and
- gaining hands-on experience in cultural property law, a fast growing legal field of increasing importance
These internships will be supervised by Tess Davis, a Researcher in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow. Davis comes to this project from the Lawyer's Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation — a not-for-profit institution based in the United States — where she was Executive Director until 2012. She previously worked for the nongovernmental organizationHeritage Watch in Cambodia, first as Project Coordinator, and finally Assistant Director. Her career began at the Archaeological Institute of America. For the past decade, Davis has devoted herself to fighting the pillage of ancient sites and trafficking of artifacts, particularly in Southeast Asia. Due to this and her other work, she has been interviewed by CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS), Voice of America (VOA), the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the Phnom Penh Post, and the Cambodia Daily, among other national and international media outlets. Davis graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor Arts in Archaeology and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law. She now serves on the Advisory Board of Heritage Watch and is Vice Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Cultural Heritage and the Arts Interest Group. She is admitted to the New York State Bar.
Housing / Logistics:
Housing in Cambodia, and particularly Phnom Penh, is available and affordable. The easiest solution would be for students to stay in guesthouses or hotels. We can recommend several where colleagues and their teams stay for long-term visits while in the country. Such rooms would be available — depending on the amenities — for between $15 and $30 a night (and even less at a weekly or monthly rate). There has also been a proliferation of serviced apartments, which may be comparable in price. The cheapest option would be to rent a flat — one could be found for as little as $200 a month plus $50 in utilities — but this would only be recommended for those who are independent and have lived and worked overseas before. A list of recommendations will be provided to interns prior to departure.