National Archives Interns Share Their Stories....
University of Michigan - 2007
For the second consecutive year, the National Archives hosted student interns from the School of Information at the University of Michigan through a program called Alternative Spring Break (ASB).
For a week in February, we had the privilege of hosting seven students - six located in the Washington, DC area and one in the Great Lakes Region in Chicago. The interns all experienced working in areas of interest related to their graduate studies.
In addition to completing their respective tasks, the interns in DC had the opportunity to meet with the Archivist and interact with National Archives staff and learn about the benefits of working for the National Archives. They also took a tour of the Rotunda and of the Public Vaults as well as tours of special holdings at both the College Park and Washingon, DC buildings.
Ms. Bast had the opportunity to work with the Special Media Preservation Lab team to sort through file directories, identify redundant copies and consolidate related images into a predetermined structure.
Mr. Gebre-Kristos was assigned to the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), where he learned about the Classification Management program being used within the Executive Branch Agencies and the sharing and exchange of information in a collaborative-type information technology environment. He also aided the Program Lead to identify and capture best practices being used within the Executive Branch, increase security education and awareness, and provide organization and structure to e-mail traffic and questions that arise from the implementation of Executive Order 12958, as amended, "Classified National Security Information." Learn about ISOO
Ms. Lu was assigned to the Textual Archives Services Division where she completed data-gathering tasks that are required to make descriptions from specific previously published finding aids for entry into the online Archival Research Catalog (ARC).
Mr. Walling completed his weekly internship in the Office of Presidential Libraries and helped prepare a PowerPoint presentation for use when giving informative presentations about the mission and programs of the Presidential Library system to other organizations and members of the public.
Mr. Walling also learned about the initiatives of the Presidential Libraries in the areas of public awareness and public programming, as well as preservation and access to Presidential records.
Mrs. Bette Shifman was assigned to General Counsel and was responsible for testing hypothetical complaints and refining topic development for a legal track Text Retrieval Conference on behalf of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
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Ms. Panozzo was assigned to Modern Records Programs, where she participated in the appraisal of electronic records through an agency visit and reviewed and analyzed electronic records management guidance under development.
Ms. Passehl, the Chicago intern, spent most of her time reviewing ARC records, finding aids, pathfinders to identify records related to the history of Michigan. In the course of doing this, she also worked closely with most of the Great Lakes Region staff to take advantage of their institutional memory as well. The end result was a handout that staff members can distribute at public outreach events in the state of Michigan.
Ms. Passehl also had the opportunity to attend an evening program that discussed Lorraine Hansberry, "A Raisin in the Sun" and archival resources in the Chicago area. The program included a screening of the original film version of "A Raisin in the Sun" and presentations by National Archives staff members as well as three other Chicago archives on how their collections could be used to understand the life and times of Lorraine Hansberry.
In feedback provided after the close of the internship, the interns all agreed that their time at the National Archives was well spent. Ms. Panozzo best summed up the intention of the internship:
"This week helped me become excited about archives again. It is so important to see what the future could hold with a career at the National Archives...this week was a confirmation that archives and records management is the field for me!"