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PIR: Careers at the Smithsonian

Representatives from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (NMAH), Judy Chelnick ’76 and Omar Eaton-Martínez, will deliver a talk at Hobart and William Smith on careers as part of the Professional in Residence (PIR) series presented by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. Chelnick is NMAH’s associate curator in the Division of Medicine and Science and Martínez is program manager for interns and fellows.

Their talk, “The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of History,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 in the Geneva Room at the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The following day, on Friday, Jan. 22, Chelnick and Martínez will be available for on-on-one interview appointments with students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Trinity 210. For those who are interested in an appointment please RSVP by emailing cso@hws.edu.

Chelnick was a history major at William Smith College and went on to earn her M.A. from Case Western Reserve University. She has more than 30 years of experience in the field and joined the Smithsonian Institution in 1987. She also sits on the Collections Committee at the NMAH, and is the author of several articles about various artifacts. Chelnick hopes to show students what can be accomplished with a liberal arts education.

“All of these subjects have histories to them and there are different career paths,” Chelnick says. “I don’t think people are aware of all of the opportunities available to them.” This is Chelnick’s second time returning to HWS as a campus guest.

Martínez earned his B.A. in African-American studies at the University of Maryland and his master’s in educational leadership at American Intercontinental University. Currently Martínez is a Ph.D. student in American studies at University of Maryland, College Park. He joined the Smithsonian four years ago and is in charge of developing partnerships with educational institutions and non-governmental organizations. Martínez provides strategy for diversity recruitment for certain positions in the museum and gives presentations to various stakeholders.