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The Smithsonian Is Going to Pay Someone $64K to Research Craft Beer

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Ever imagine what your dream job would look like? Well, the Smithsonian might have something to offer you. The Smithsonian Food History project at the National Museum of American History is currently looking to hire someone to conduct research on America's history of craft beer for three years—a job that will include travel around the country to sip beer and learn the stories behind each drink. Specifically, the Smithsonian says you'll be conducting "archival and field research for a new initiative on American brewing history, with special emphasis on the craft industry." Sounds amazing, but even better? They're offering $64,650 a year plus benefits for a job that you'd likely do on your own if you had the time.

Unfortunately, this isn't a job for someone still in college or even a recent grad. The job description says that the ideal candidate will have experience with scholarly research and writing, and should have an advanced degree in American history with a focus on business, brewing, food, culture or something similar. If nothing else, consider this a motivator to stay in school—Jobs like this are out there!

If you know any beer lovers/super-scholars who'd be perfect for this ~incredible~ position, applications are due by Aug. 10.


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