[Libs-Or] Volunteer Opportunity

KendraSchwindt kendraschwindt at hotmail.com
Wed Jan 12 18:12:49 PST 2011

In keeping with our discussion on internships, here's one that landed in my email today that I thought I'd share (paid and unpaid available).  Excuse any cross-postings.   Please contact the person at the end of the announcement for details.

Kendra Schwindt
1st Career: College Information Manager 
2nd Career:  still figuring that out and available for loan (contact paulw at wintersassoc.com  for more information about "Executives on Loan")

> Apply now!  Smithsonian Gardens is offering summer internships
> opportunities for 2011.   If you are interested in applying, submit your
> completed application by February 1.
> Smithsonian Gardens (SG) designs, manages, and maintains the gardens
> and grounds of the many Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., which
> attract over thirty million visitors each year.   SG's Collections
> Management and Education branch is responsible for developing
> educational programs and materials as well as managing the Archives of
> American Gardens and a collection of garden furnishings and
> horticultural artifacts.  While SG offers a number of diverse
> horticulture-based internships that entail regular garden maintenance,
> the Collections Management and Education branch offers summer
> internships in the following areas:
> The SG Education and Outreach internship fosters experience in
> horticultural programming and is structured to provide an intern with
> opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the areas of education,
> outreach, or research.  The intern will have the opportunity to work on
> one or more of the following projects: develop educational content for
> use in social media platforms, backpack tours and trunk program based on
> existing garden themes or special concepts; develop interpretive labels,
> guided and cell phone tour text for garden exhibitions or living plant
> displays. The intern will work with horticulture records and resources
> under the guidance of the SG Collections Management and Education staff
> to develop these materials.
> The Archives of American Gardens (AAG)  is a growing photographic
> archives that documents American garden design and landscape history
> from the 19th century to the present day. The AAG internship fosters
> experience in the following areas: collections registration, cataloging
> and description, research, development of finding aids, inventory, and
> digitization.
> Projects focus on cataloging images by describing their content
> according to recognized data standards, assisting with basic reference
> duties, image digitization, computer automation of collection records,
> and developing outreach materials including blogs and text for web
> pages. This experience will help interns learn the practices necessary
> to prepare archival collections for curators, staff, and outside
> researchers.
> The Garden Furnishings and Horticulture Artifacts
> Collection<http://www.gardens.si.edu/horticulture/res_ed/furnishings/gardenfurn.htm >
> internship is designed to provide an intern with the opportunity to
> learn organizational and assessment skills essential to collections
> management. The intern will undertake the annual inventory of SG garden
> furnishings on display in the Smithsonian gardens, research specific
> pieces or design styles, and compile data to add to the collection files
> and catalog records. The intern may also photograph and label pieces as
> well as research appropriate preservation treatments. A familiarity with
> collections management, preservation practices or historical research,
> either in a classroom or museum environment, is recommended.
> To learn more about the Smithsonian Gardens, Collections Management and
> Education Internships, visit
> http://www.gardens.si.edu/horticulture/res_ed/intern/intern_res_ed.htm
> .
> Requirements:  Collections and education applicants must be currently
> enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program and have completed
> coursework or be currently enrolled in courses in archival science,
> library science, museum studies or museum education, history,
> horticulture education or other related field.
> Applicants must have excellent organizational, analytical, and
> interpersonal skills, special attention to detail, and strong computer
> skills. An interest in horticulture or garden history is highly
> desired.
> Internship Details
> * Open to all current undergraduate and graduate students who study
> archival science or museum education or a related discipline and wish to
> further their knowledge through practical hands-on work experience
> * Paid and unpaid internships available
> * Ten to sixteen week long internships 40 hours per week
> * Opportunities to complete special projects that may relate to the
> intern's special area of interest
> To learn more about Smithsonian Gardens' internship program go online
> to http://www.gardens.si.edu/horticulture/res_ed/intern/intern3.htm .
> Application Deadline:  June 1 (fall semester), November 1 (winter
> semester) or February 1 (summer semester).
> Application Requirements: Application (online through
> SOLAA<https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html>), two letters of
> recommendation, college transcript(s), and essay describing background
> and career goals. Completed application materials can be submitted
> on-line or mailed to:
> Smithsonian Institution Gardens
> Collections Management & Education Internship
> P.O. Box 37012
> Capital Gallery, Suite 3300, MRC 506
> Washington, DC 20013-7012
> or by Fed Ex or UPS to:
> Smithsonian Institution Gardens
> Collections Management & Education Internship
> 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 3300
> Washington, DC 20024
> Contact:  gardens at si.edu<mailto:gardens at si.edu>
> _______________________________________________
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