U.S. National Arboretum
What types of things did you work on in your internship?
While at my internship I first created a comprehensive history of the US National Arboretum and it’s accomplishments as told through the lens of the media, specifically through newspaper clippings, completely sorting through the vast collection and narrowing it down to what was really important. After that, I created an archival box of all information pertaining to the historical National Capitol Columns on the grounds of the Arboretum, which ranged from historical facts to fundraising to upkeep/restoration.
What was your favorite part of the experience and/or what recommendations do you have for future interns?
Looking back at my experience, I think one of the greatest parts of it was seeing such a diverse and different world from what I am used to seeing in the south in general and Birmingham in particular. I was able to meet people from different countries, go to cultural festivals, and generally get to see lives being lived that were very different from my own, something I found made me feel more connected to the people around me and gave me an appreciation for the cultural melting pot that is our Capitol.
If I had to give any advice to students going into the program I would say to take the time to go find your internship the day before it all starts. Don’t add to the first day stress by also not knowing exactly where the building you’re working in is or what mode of transportation you will use to get there. Advocate for yourself!