Internships at Norlands
How will an internship at the Norlands benefit me?
The best you can do to prepare for tomorrow’s jobs is by learning how to learn from available sources and experiences. As an intern, you can expect to learn "new" skills (some of them centuries-old) that will contribute to your ability to meet ever-changing opportunities and to prepare for future careers that may not even exist yet.
At the Norlands, we know what life was like for farmers as well as for the wealthy Washburn family in the 1800s because of our significant collection of primary source documents. These resources can provide unparalleled insights to anyone interested in history and political science as they deal with major American political figures and the Civil War era. Access to these resources will provide you with a new and valid perspective of the activities referenced in letters or journals from the past.
Will my interests be considered in developing the internship?
Yes, your interests will be greatly considered. Internship opportunities will be based, however, on the ability of the Norlands to provide materials and staff. A pre-meeting among the intern, the mentor and a University adviser will determine the nature of the projects.
What types of projects are available for me to pursue?
Service-learning experiences to include collections management, administrative office support, and coordinating special events.
Mentor-based experiences to include presenting educational programs to children, adults and giving tours. Additionally, a mentor will be provided to students conducting research.
How much time is required to complete an internship?
Goals will be established at the start of a semester to determine the time frame for internship project(s).
How will I be evaluated?
The evaluation will be based on the goals set by you and your mentor. Additionally, you will be asked to share your new knowledge with key volunteers and staff of the Norlands.
Can an internship project be done for credit?
Yes, a credit arrangement can be made with the University at the start of an internship.
Is there any pay involved?
Perhaps. Contact your university about the possibility of a stipend if requested ahead of time.
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