Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Internship of the Week: Archival Assistant Internship- UW Archives

Looking for an on-campus internship?
Love UW-Madison?
Interested in preserving the UW brand?

Consider interning with the UW-Madison Archives

The Organization:
The University Archives is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison General Library System. Its primary purpose is to: preserve University records and information of permanent historical value; provide records management services; and serve as an educational resource encouraging administrative and scholarly research in its collections.

The Position:
An internship with the University Archives provides students opportunities to work with archives and history professionals. Internships may be specialized or general depending on student’s interests, qualifications, and on-going research projects. Benefits include: career path exploration, complementary academic studies with hands-on experience, creation of digital projects to advance learning and resume building, interaction with colleagues and mentoring by professionals, and experience in a team environment.

During the school year, the Archives can offer the following internship possibilities:

Oral History – design an oral history project based on your own interests or our collecting focus areas, conduct background research, and interview narrators; index or summarize new interviews or re-code extant interviews; or create and implement digital projects using audio editing and slideshow creation software such as Sound Forge, Soundslides or Windows MovieMaker.

Archives Collections Processing – rehouse, arrange and describe, prepare inventories, indices or other finding aid documents; complete data entry for a variety of campus records and/or creation of biographical files; complete basic preservation tasks to ensure longevity of historic materials.

Images/Media – work with the media archivist to process, manage and preserve image, audio and film collections. Tasks may include cataloguing and creating indexes for collections, digitizing photos for reference requests and updating data sources using Microsoft Access and Excel. Interns will become proficient in using Adobe Photoshop. Additional work may include outreach projects using the Archives social media platforms (Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube).

“Revolving” – spend a few weeks working in each of the above listed archival workgroups (oral history, collection processing, and images/media).

Required Skills:
• Current UW-Madison student
• Committed to an academic semester-long internship
• Experience using Microsoft Office software, Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver
• Strong organization skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Problem solving skills (quick thinking)
• Creative (broad thinking)

Desired Skills:
• Genuine interest in archives/campus history
• Background/knowledge in archival work

The Details:
Location: Madison, WI (UW Campus)
Time Period: Spring 2014 semester; 6-8 hours/week
Compensation: Unpaid/Voluntary
Desired Background: Open to all majors
Organization Contact: Troy Reeves
Organization Website: www.archives.library.wisc.edu
BuckyNet ID: 70147

Application Deadline: December 16, 2013

**Additional application details & requirements can be found on BuckyNet**

Monday, November 4, 2013

Internship of the Week: Parallel Computational Sciencenternship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Interested in spending your 2014 Summer engaged in research related to the Atmosphere?
Looking for the opportunity to be a part of a National Research Center?

Consider applying for the 
2014 Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS) 
at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The Organization:
CISL's mission is to support and advance the geosciences with world-class computing, data management and research in mathematics and computational science. CISL realizes this mission by providing:

  • High-performance computing and expertise needed for the development and execution of large, long-running numerical simulations
  • A data archiving and management system that is balanced in performance and capacity relative to computational resources
  • High-speed network and data communication capabilities that are balanced with respect to computational facilities, storage facilities, and the requirements of a national and international community
  • Research data sets and expertise needed by atmospheric and related sciences
  • A computing environment and support services that emphasize user productivity and cost-effectiveness
  • Education and training in computing and related technologies with an emphasis on under-represented groups
  • A center of activity for the mathematical and geophysical communities that applies mathematics and statistics to fundamental issues in the geosciences

The Position:
SIParCS interns may work on projects drawn from a relatively wide variety of areas related to computational science, including:

  1. Working with scientists, running models on supercomputers to study the Earth system, including the oceans, atmosphere, land processes, ice and solid earth. The phenomena studied by computational geoscience, including solar flares, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, ocean circulation patterns, climate change, drought and wildfires, have tremendous economic and societal importance.
  2. Deploying, administering, or benchmarking massively parallel computers and complex networking and data storage systems.
  3. Developing new software tools or infrastructure for modeling and forecasting system and for visualizing or analyzing data.
  4. Conducting research in areas of applied mathematics, numerical methods, and statistic relevant to the geosciences.

  • Interns primarily follow the guidance of their scientific mentors and are encouraged to collaborate in the design of their research project. 
  • Writing: SIParCS interns are encouraged but not required to write papers as part of their research experience.
  • Seminars: In the last week of their 11-week experience, interns will present seminars to their peers and scientists.
  • Interns will interact professionally with all staff.
  • Conference Travel: Interns may be funded to attend national scientific conferences to present their research related to SIParCS.
Qualification Desired:

  • Must currently be enrolled in a university in the United States.
  • Must be a graduate or undergraduate who has completed their sophomore year.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of peers.
  • Skill in the use of software for communication purposes (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail).
  • Ability and willingness to learn and use scientific computing tools and programs.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Basic problem solving skills.
  • Ability to analyze data and draw conclusions.
  • Potential to excel in a scientific career.
  • Basic knowledge, through coursework, of mathematics, computer science or engineering.
  • Ability to work full-time during the summer program.
  • Ability to interact with mentors and peers in a manner that supports collaboration and inquiry.
  • Ability and willingness to work within guidelines and policies of organization and assigned work 
  • groups.

The Details:
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Time Period: Summer 2014 (May 19 - August 1, 2014)
Compensation: Paid
Desired Background: Strong math, computer science or engineering knowledge
Organization Contact: Kristin Mooney
Organization Website: http://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/siparcs/opportunities
BuckyNet ID: 68911

Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

**Additional application details & requirements can be found on BuckyNet**

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Internship of the Week: U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP)

Interested in a special PAID, 2-summer Internship with the Department of State? 
Want to be nominated by our Diplomat in Residence?

The Organization:
As the lead foreign affairs agency, the U.S. Department of State is dedicated to protecting and strengthening America’s interests abroad and right here at home. America’s foreign policy is designed to amplify the nation’s voice and extend its reach in areas critical to the daily lives of its citizens. We work to ensure our country’s diplomatic leadership enhances our economic, food and energy security and stability, and reflects American values.

The U.S. Department of State – and our employees – promotes freedom and democracy throughout the world, helping countries lift themselves out of poverty to become prosperous, stable and democratic states. We are continuously striving to find ways to work together as a country to maximize the impact of America’s resources.

The Position:
With your diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge, and exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills, you can contribute to the ongoing mission of the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Internship Program.

The opportunity is to participate in a paid, two-summer internship that will expose you to real-world diplomacy. During your first summer, you will work in Washington, D.C. where you will experience classroom education about America’s foreign policy and work on a policy desk. The following summer, you will take your newfound knowledge and apply it in a U.S. Embassy overseas.

Qualifications you must have:

  • Have completed at least one year of college and will have completed 60 or more credit hours by the time the internship begins (June 2014) 
  • Be a U.S. citizen 
  • Fully complete the regular U.S. Department of State unpaid internship application for Summer 2014 at USA Jobs, including the standard Statement of Interest and your unofficial transcript 
  • Write an expository essay of 500 – 550 words on a defined topic (see link below) 
  • Provide a PDF copy of your 2013-14 Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal 
  • Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Email the names and affiliations of two recommenders who will then send a recommendation to Student Programs for review 


The program is designed to promote ethnic, racial, gender, and geographic diversity in the U.S. Foreign Service. 

Application Deadline: October 31, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Value of Career Fairs in the Recruiting Process: From the Employer Perspective

Early this Fall I had the opportunity to sit down and speak candidly with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network (NMFN) Campus Recruiter Erin Oakley about the role that Career Fairs play in the recruiting process.

About Erin: 

Erin is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of Ripon College. At Ripon College, Erin pursued a B.A. with an individual major in Music Entrepreneurship and a minor in Leadership Studies. Self-identifying as a product of a Liberal Arts education, Erin has taken her passion for building relationships and entrepreneurial spirit into her work as a Campus Recruiter for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

Question: What role does a career fair play in the recruiting process for you?

Answer: Lots! A career fair provides access to a lot of students with lots of majors. She looks for students who are selling their skills and experiences. Additionally, it is an opportunity to make connections with students they may have previously connected with at information session of who have attended other events.

Question: What do you look for in the students you meet at the career fair?

Answer: A few key points including:
•Professional attire
•Strong presenter (good eye contact and handshake)
•Asking good questions (why you, why us)
•A demonstrated passion

Question: What would you tell 1st and 2nd year students about attending Career Fairs?

Answer: Go for it! Attend a fair even if you don’t know what you want to do. Put yourself out there. Practice the opportunity.

Question: Resumes and follow-up. What is your take?

Answer: Career fairs help us them determine how they will rank the resumes they receive. After the fair, she will call the top candidates and let them know they are being strongly sought. Career fairs can help a candidate move up or down in regards to their application status.

Follow-up after a career fair is very important, as important as a first impression. If you are interested, show them and connect with them again after the fair.

In summary:

•Career Fairs are an essential part of the recruiting process as they can help you rise above your peers
•Career Fairs can provide you with access to opportunities that you may otherwise not qualify for
•Attend a career fair regardless of your year-in-school or major; it will be worth the practice
•Prepare for the Career Fair
•Follow-up afterword

Visit your Career Services office to learn more!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Internship of the Week: Digital Media Lab Intern @ Madison Public Library

The Organization: 
Madison Public Library’s tradition of promoting education, literacy and community involvement has enriched the City of Madison for more than 135 years.  Our nine locations throughout the City of Madison are open six days per week and welcome over 2.35 million visits each year.

The Position:
Media Lab Interns will gain hands-on experience in their field while helping to boost the profile of a well-respected public library system. Opportunities exist to work with the public in an instructional capacity in the fields of; Video Game Design, Animation, Music and Sound Design, Film Making and Editing.  Media Lab Interns will also work with the Media Lab Instructor to organize and implement workshops and classes.

Responsibilities include-

  1. Assist the lab Instructor with lessons, workshops and classes
  2. Lead discussions and demonstrations in your chosen field of study
  3. Aid in the creation of the media lab infrastructure and pipelines
  4. Help maintain lab equipment 
  5. Supervise the media lab during Open Lab hours 
  6. Other media lab-related tasks as needed

Qualifications Desired-

  1. Enrolled in a college or university 
  2. Have strong technical, artistic and interpersonal skills
  3. Able to work an occasional weekend or evening

The Details:
Location: Madison, WI
Time Period: Fall/Spring/Summer
Compensation: Unpaid
Desired Background: Current UW student; pursuing a degree in entertainment, education, media production, digital art or related field.
Organization Contact: Tana Elias
Organization Website: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/
BuckyNet ID: 66569

Application Deadline: October 3, 2013

**Additional application details & requirements can be found on BuckyNet**

Monday, September 9, 2013

Internship of the Week: Development & Communication Intern @ Project Vote Smart

The Organization:
In a very real sense the need for Project Vote Smart was born in the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Unbridled power, "factions" that might deform their vision and an informed people were our Founding Fathers’ paramount concerns.

Had they also been able to witness the great fortune of their design they would be pleased. However, had they also been able to witness the future ability of "factions" to torture truth, influence the structure and purpose of their creation by effectively frustrating the people's ability to be informed, they clearly would have created Vote Smart or something very much like it.

It was through this awareness by political leaders of both parties (Ford, Carter, Goldwater, McGovern, Frenzel, Leach, Ferraro, Proxmire, Hatfield etc.) and members of groups like the League of Women Voters, Common Cause and the American Taxpayers Union, along with third party leaders like the Libertarian, Green and Natural Law Parties and their concerns about the changing character and conduct of politicians and campaigns that Project Vote Smart was born.

The Position:
The Project Vote Smart National Internship Program provides a unique lesson in the study of American politics. Students from across the nation and around the world come to our high tech research center in the Montana Rockies for ten weeks to help American citizens educate themselves about elected officials and candidates. By providing this information in an easy and accessible manner, Project Vote Smart believes that citizens can better defend themselves from the political hype and misrepresentation characteristic of present day political campaigns.

Project Vote Smart is looking for interns with skills and interests that can be put to work in their Communications and Development department.

Responsibilities will include: 
1.Maintaining contact information for national and statewide media
2.Contacting news organizations regarding news releases
3.Assisting with the writing and editing of external communications
4.Researching and assisting with new outreach/public relation campaigns
5.Creating content for the organization on Facebook and Twitter.
In addition, those with graphic design experience, both web and print, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications Desired-
The overriding qualification for securing an internship position is your willingness to commit 100% to the Project's goals and mission.  In addition, you must meet the following requirements:

1. Must be able to set aside political beliefs and be objective and non-partisan while working
2. Must be in good standing with your university/school, as current student or alum
3. Must be able to commit to a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks
4. Lastly, please remember that our research facility is located in an extraordinarily beautiful but remote area. You will be expected to maintain the facility.

The Details:
Location: Philipsburg, Montana
Time Period: 10 weeks (variable start)
Compensation: Free room & board; unpaid
Desired Background: All majors
Organization Contact: Jim Harrold
Organization Website: http://votesmart.org/internships/#.Ui33qMakp4U
BuckyNet ID: 58927

Application Deadline: October 10, 2013

**Additional application details & requirements can be found on BuckyNet**