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Documenting Historical Expeditions

DHEDESCRIPTION: Many important historical journeys, expeditions and voyages produced botanical collections that were deposited in the U.S. National Herbarium of the National Museum of Natural History. In order to highlight these important events, one-page websites are being produced that tell the story of these plant collecting activities. Interns will conduct original research into assigned expeditions and acquire information, obtain images, and locate pertinent maps. Specimens that tie into the story will be located within the herbarium. Then interns will produce a carefully constructed one-page presentation of this information.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must demonstrate excellent writing skills and possess good research abilities for tracking down information. To apply, email a letter of introduction, a resume, a writing sample, and a recommendation from an instructor who is familiar with your skills and work habits. Indicate your period of availability and maximum hours per week.

LEARNING OBJECTIVESInterns will learn collections management techniques as well as web page production.  In addition, interns will learn how to locate specimens in a herbarium and use plant collecting field books.

TIMETABLE: Indefinite

AWARD PACKAGE: None

Project Contact Name: Rusty Russell

Phone: 202-633-0943

E-mail: russellr@si.edu