Internships

The Cary Institute provides the following list of potential projects. We also encourage students to contact Cary scientists and other staff for internship projects that are developed by the student and performed under the mentorship of a Cary employee.

To solicit an internship, please submit an email with a cover letter to the intended mentor explaining your interest in their work and how your project might fit in with their program.

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

 

Data Curation

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

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

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

Wildlife Ecology/Sustainability Internships

 

White-tailed Deer Ecology and Management

Availability: Ongoing, spring and fall semesters
Renumeration:  Unpaid position with the expectation the intern will receive credits through his/her school

Browsing by overabundant deer can degrade plant communities and cause declines in animal populations that use those habitats.  Protection of our forested ecosystems from excessive browsing by deer is one of the priority management goals for the Cary Institute property.

The White-tailed Deer Ecology and Management Intern will assist the Manager of Field Research and Outdoor Programs with aspects of the Institute's deer management program. The intern will gain field experience monitoring deer and other wildlife using trail cameras. Data collection and management experience will be gained by downloading and organizing photos/videos, recording animal incidence and behavior data from photos/videos, and related tasks.

Depending on the time of year, the student may also be involved in other aspects of deer management such as field surveys quantifying deer browsing of trees or oversight of our annual controlled deer hunt.

This internship is most suitable for a student in biology, wildlife biology, conservation/environmental sciences, or related field who is interested in gaining real-world experience with wildlife ecology and management.

The student must be able to hike to remote parts of the property and work outdoors under adverse conditions such as in inclement weather and around insects and poison ivy.  The student should be willing to learn to use a GPS, trail cameras and computer programs including spreadsheets. The student must have a valid driver's license.

We will work with academic institutions to provide credit for this unpaid internship. Scope of the internship can vary depending on college requirements and the number of credits the intern would like to earn.

Contact: Mike Fargione at fargionem@caryinstitute.org.


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