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Posted on January 12, 2017 by in The OFI Blog

Whitworth University students interning with the Smithsonian Institution for the month of January. Left to right: Lydia Pierson, Jian Rzeszewicz, Jerrica Kjorsvik, Hayley O’Brien, Phillip Bax, Jedidiah Keating, and Chris Dewey.

All the way from Spokane, Washington, seven Whitworth University students are spending their January Term interning all across the Smithsonian Institution. From the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, these students are experiencing what life is like here at the Smithsonian.

Senior Journalism and Political Science Major, Hayley O’Brien, is working with the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) on their issue of Faces. Each year the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage takes over one issue of the Faces Magazine, geared toward exposing children ages 9 – 14 to the different cultures around the world. This years issue by the Smithsonian will surround the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Hayley is currently working on articles for the magazine about this years NEA National Heritage Fellows. To see some of Hayley’s work, be on the lookout for the Smithsonian’s issue of Faces this Fall.

Just around the corner, juniors Phillip Bax and Lydia Pierson are interning in the Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships and Internships. There they are learning how the Smithsonian’s academic appointments are handled and working to publicize the latest and greatest about interns and fellows all around the Smithsonian. You can check out some of their work on the OFI homepage here. You can also subscribe to the weekly OFI newsletter they are working on by visiting here to stay up to date on Internships and Fellowships at the Smithsonian.

Junior Biology and Psychology major, Jian Rzeszewicz, is interested in pursuing a career in conservation and was encouraged by her professor at Whitworth to look into internship opportunities with the Smithsonian. This January she is working with Conservation Commons at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Specifically she is helping with the upcoming Earth Optimism Summit, planned for April 21-23rd. You can check out some of Jian’s work by visiting the event homepage here.

Over at the Archives of American Art (AAA) you’ll find senior History major Chris Dewey busy organizing and sifting through works for upcoming exhibits. Working alongside the curator of manuscripts, Chris is helping with a wide range of exhibits. From works from the fifty states to artists and their cats, Chris is gaining valuable experience in archiving and curating.