Today, we welcomed a new cohort of University of Michigan students to the Washington Office for a week-long internship in D.C. The internship is a part of the University’s School of Information “Alternative Spring Break” program. The students—Sophia McFadden-Keesling, Adrienne Royce, and Natalia Holtzman—will work on two projects related to the Washington Office.
Sophia and Adrienne will travel around D.C. taking photographs of important libraries, locations, events, and activities. Their photos will help build our photo library. They will also tour the Department of Commerce Research Library, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Library, and several university libraries as part of their travels. In addition, they will review the images we have in the photo library and update the alternative text where needed to ensure that it is descriptive.
Natalia will interview all of the ALA policy staff in order to learn about the range of activities and issues in the ALA Washington Office. Her final product will be creating a draft one-pager that gives a snapshot introduction to the office. She will also publish a blog post about her experience.
All three students are currently working to earn a master’s degree in Information at the University of Michigan. Outside of their studies, Sophia currently works as a cataloging assistant in the William L. Clements Library and as an instructional aide at the School of Information; Adrienne is the Lab Manager and Research Lab Technician at the University of Michigan’s Senior Research Center for Group Dynamics; and Natalia has a Master of Fine Art with a specialization in creative writing.
The University of Michigan Alternative Spring Break program creates an opportunity for students to engage in a service-oriented integrative learning experience, connects public sector organizations to the knowledge and abilities of students, and facilitates relationships between the School and the greater library community. In addition to ALA, the students are hosted by other organizations and federal agencies such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Archives. The students get a taste of life here in D.C. and an opportunity to network with information professionals. The Washington Office has participated several times in the past, including 2013, 2015 and 2016.
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