Internships

The Cary Institute provides the following list of potential projects but also encourages students to contact Cary scientists for internships that are not prescribed projects but rather projects developed by the student under the guidance of a Cary scientist.

A Cary intern will have the opportunity to receive training and professional development in the field of study in which the internship is based. The Cary Institute views credit-bearing internship arrangements as a 3-way partnership in which the student develops professional skills, the college provides credit and the Cary Institute acts as mentor for the development of those skills through the completion of an internship project. 

Library and Archives Internship Projects


Photo Repository Internship

The student will work with the library director to develop and fully implement our institutional photo repository using ContentDM.  The student will gain experience in managing digital files, creating structured metadata, and providing access to digital objects in a repository.  Preference will be given to students who have prior experience using digital management systems and working with metadata.

Upon completion of the internship, the student will be expected to prepare a written report on their work, and/or documentation of new workflows that have been created.

This is an unpaid internship, but we will work with academic institutions to provide credit for the internship.  

Contact: Amy Schuler at SchulerA@caryinstitute.org

Data Curation Internship

The student will work with the library director to survey legacy research data assets at Cary. Among the data to be gathered will be the current storage location, uses, and administrative management of research data (physical or digital), the status of associated metadata, the software applications used to access the data, the file formats along with a metric for storage requirements if relevant.The student will gain experience in conducting surveys and working with multiple data formats.  If time permits, the student may research institutional data repository solutions.  Preference will be given to students who have experience working with scientific data.

Upon completion of the internship, the student will be expected to complete a written report that summarizes survey findings and provides recommendations for long term data organization and access.

This is an unpaid internship, but we will work with academic institutions to provide credit for the internship.

Contact: Amy Schuler at SchulerA@caryinstitute.org

Archive Internship

The student will work with the library director to assess institutional archive collections (maps, historical papers) for conservation needs and possible digitization. The student will create Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids for key collection(s).

The student will gain experience evaluating archival collections for digitization, creating standardized archival finding aids, and working with open source information systems.

Upon completion of the internship, the student will be expected to complete a written report summarizing all findings and workflows for EAD finding aids, and recommendations for other archival collections.

This is an unpaid internship, but we will work with academic institutions to provide credit for the internship.

Contact: Amy Schuler at SchulerA@caryinstitute.org

Oral History Internship

The student will work with the library director to evaluate, edit, and process oral history interviews pertaining to the history of the Cary Institute.

The student will use a digital audio editor to clean and process digital files, create synchronized transcripts and/or time-coded indexes for the interviews, and create metadata. Upon completion of the internship, the student will be expected to complete a written report summarizing all findings and workflows, as well as any recommendations for future oral history projects.

This is an unpaid internship, but we will work with academic institutions to provide credit for the internship.

Contact: Amy Schuler at SchulerA@caryinstitute.org

Land Management Internship Projects

 

Stream-bank Restoration Project

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is planning a stream bank restoration project on its main campus during Spring 2017. The project will involve relocating a section of its nature trail, installing erosion control devices, removal of invasive and replanting with native plants, and the installation of crib steps to provide stream access for environmental education classes. The intern will work under the supervision of the Manager of Field Research and Outdoor Programs.

The student will gain experience in both field and office work including: planning, mapping and layout of project features; coordinating, working with and overseeing volunteers in projects such as plant removal and planting, and the construction of trails, erosion devices and crib steps. This internship is most suitable for a student in biology, conservation/environmental sciences, or related field who is interested in gaining real-world experience with land management and trail maintenance. The student must be able to work outdoors under adverse conditions such as inclement weather and around insects and poison ivy. The student must be able to hike to unpaved parts of the property and assist with physical tasks involving hand tools. The student should be willing to learn to use a GPS, and computer programs including mapping programs and spreadsheets. The student must have a valid driver's license.

This is an unpaid internship, however, we will work with academic institutions to provide credit for this internship.

Contact: Mike Fargione at fargionem@caryinstitute.org.


Erosion on a stream bank.

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