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Intern Profile: Samantha Short at The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Short Samantha photo1Samantha Short was the Social Media Intern at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY. Here’s her account.

My first duties were to create events on the Sanctuary Facebook page and website and create pages on the Sanctuary ticket seller website, Brownpapertickets.com. I also helped create an entirely new segment on their website called People Power. In this part of their website, I created new stories about almost all of the people who volunteer and spend their time helping out with the Sanctuary. The People Power page has buttons that navigate you to each section of the page: for example, I created the Kitchen Sanctuary button, which has a different story for each person that has dedicated their time in helping to prepare and share food with the community. I have also written stories for the intern page, the Youth Media Sanctuary page, the Funders and Inspiration page, as well as many more organizations and people that volunteer. I also wrote up the press releases for their events of the Fall 2013 season, as well as attended some events to help out with the door and café.

Short Samantha photo3I met artists and presenters from all over the world who came to perform and speak at The Sanctuary. I have definitely broadened my horizons by learning about these different artists and organizations that are affiliated with The Sanctuary. I have not only learned a lot about these people, but I have also learned a lot about different types of media, which was helpful because I would like to pursue a career in that field.

After writing all the stories, descriptions, bios, and press releases, I now think being an English major was the right path for me. I enjoyed studying the different bands and performers that came to The Sanctuary as well as writing about them on the website to attract the public. When I first came to college, I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my future, but since I started my internship at the Sanctuary, I think I would like to go in the direction of social media and public relations since I enjoyed my time doing this type of work.

Before I started my internship, I thought the only thing that English majors could do with their degree was either become an author or become a librarian. Since my search for an internship, I realized that there is a lot more that could be done with an English degree. I enjoy working with different types of media, and I have realized that there is a need for people who can write and communicate with others in the media world.


Intern Profile: Stephanie Clowe at Hellman Library Archives

Haunted Saint Rose Archival Display

English major Stephanie Clowe, above, poses with her “Haunted Houses of Saint Rose Display.” At her internship at the Hellman Library, she worked with Maria Kessler McShane, librarian and archivist. This is her report.

What does an archivist do? This is the question that plagues every archives intern.

I could tell you that an archivist

  • Preserves history and cultural heritage
  • Digitizes materials for accessibility
  • Assists with research

I could also stress

  • how an archivist selects what is significant and worth saving
  • how an archivist describes the content and conditions of materials
  • how an archivist preserves materials in acid free folders in temperature-controlled rooms

But what I have learned from my experience as the Neil Hellman Library archives intern is how much people love Saint Rose. The history of the College reveals that the traditions of learning, growing and believing in one another are perhaps the strongest qualities of Saint Rose. The support of faculty, students and administrators has been present since the beginning in 1920. What the Saint Rose Archives does is outline the community that the College has created; it’s in the maps, the yearbooks, the photos, the newspapers and the books.

The history of the College would not mean anything if not for the students, past and present. Every student that comes to Saint Rose dreams of achieving a similar goal: to develop abilities, acquire knowledge and the ultimate goal of a meaningful life.

On my first day in the archives my supervisor, Maria Kessler McShane, took me to the special collections. This locked room on the third floor of the library reminds me of the second rule of the archives: what‘s in the archives stays in the archives. This means that the materials in the special collections are non-circulating. Members of the Saint Rose community can look at items and documents but not remove them from the library.

The archive’s special collection is home to the rare book collection, the crowns of all Rose queens, college documents, and realia, which is the term archivists use to categorize three-dimensional objects. The special collections is cool, literally: the room must be at a certain temperature to maintain the quality of the materials. Looking around this windowless room I realized a crucial element of the archives: storage. The college archives is home to a lot of paper products: theses, announcements, photos, but also, glassware, the original Rose Queen gown, and banners. All of these items take up space. Exploring the special collections of the Neil Hellman library helped me to understand just exactly what an archive is and also began my thoughts on projects.

My main project this past semester was blogging under the title “Tales from the Archives.” Each week I would search the archives for a story, something that I wanted to share with the community about Saint Rose’s history. There were times when I really struggled to choose something. What would people find interesting? I wrote blogs about the Saint Rose Chronicle and other student publications. I wrote about the alma mater, course listings, campus maps, and Neil Hellman. Every blog post included a picture that I scanned from the primary document and links to the archives website. Researching for the blog posts was fundamental. The more materials I found meant the more I had to write about.

My favorite project this semester was my display, “Haunted Saint Rose,” in the library window. Among other things October is National Archives month. I created an exhibit about ghostly activity on the college campus. I began researching for this project in the vertical files and found information already assembled on ghosts.

Most of the information about ghosts on campus talked about the same buildings. I compiled the most interesting stories and began searching for ghostly materials in other places. I listened to Sister Dorothy Flood talk about her experience in Carey Hall. I found creepy Halloween photos and a Halloween dance card from 1939. Researching and writing my project was the major part of the display. However, assembling the materials and developing an aesthetic layout was much more time-consuming. After two and a half weeks I took my display down, packed up my materials in a folder, in a box, in the special collections, happily knowing that if someone is ever interested in paranormal activity on the Saint Rose campus. The research is done.

Two other minor projects that I worked on were digitizing the college’s online photo collection and writing supplements to the oral histories. Any romantic would love to look through the photo collection. The boxes I looked through were all from the 1960’s. This was a fascinating time in Saint Rose’s history. So much change. The college went co-educational, non-denominational, there was an increase in “day-hops” or commuter students and the college expanded physically buying more property and building the Events and Activities Center. Scanning, cropping, titling, describing and exporting are all things that went into this project. Out of all of my projects this semester I think I learned the most about the college from listening to the Oral Histories. All of the interviews I listened to were from Sisters who spent decades teaching at the college. Their passion for learning is awe-inspiring; most of the Sisters while teaching were students themselves and achieved Ph. D.’s for this project I listened to each oral history multiple times, wrote a small biography of the Sister, a summary of the interview and a list of subjects discussed.

The skills I have developed as an English major–reading, writing, and researching–truly helped me in my internship. After I graduate in the spring I would like to attend graduate school and study Information Science. The best advice I can give future interns is be enthusiastic about everything. Even the small assignments are important and deserve your full effort and attention.

The archives is an abundance of information. (And yes, I looked in Jimmy Fallon’s file.) Anything you want to know about Saint Rose is in the archives. If you want to see a picture of nuns playing instruments, it’s in the photo collection. If you want to see the Rose Day procession from 1939, it’s in the video collection. If you want to read the first edition of the first student newspaper The Arrow it’s in the newspaper collection.

Maybe I’ve become a nerdy archivist intern, but that somehow seems redundant (like all archivists/ librarians are innately nerdy). And that is something so wonderful because of the archivist’s love of sharing the past with the future.

Intern Profile: Amy Student at The Millay Colony

IMG_20131101_144710_279Amy Student (above) was the Fundraising and Social Media Intern at The Millay Colony for the Arts. Here’s her account.

I did a lot of website maintenance and creation for The Millay Colony. My first assignment was to get them set up with an Indiegogo campaign, which is a website that anyone can use to raise money for a worthy cause. The Millay Colony wanted to raise $20,000 to send four people on a one-month residency on our campus. We successfully raised the money by offering gifts as simple as our colony bookmark and as extravagant as a poker lesson with Annie Duke. I also helped sell tickets to our annual Ruby Party, which also helped us raise some of the money.

I attended the Ruby Party, and helped with a lot of the set-up. We had artists from past residencies come to volunteer for our “Encounter Booths” where you could do anything from having your palm read to getting a poem written just for you. I worked directly with the artists to make sure they had everything they needed for their encounters. I also worked the door where I checked in people who had already purchased tickets and took donations from those who wanted to help our colony. Before the night was over we had raised the $20,000 goal plus thousands more in donations.

During my time with the Colony I spent a lot of time spreading the word about the application process for our residencies. I sent a lot of emails to local art blogs and galleries to raise awareness about our residency programs and to also try to get people interested in applying to our colony. I sent emails to news and radio stations and even got us a mentioned on WEQX.  I made flyers like the one above, and posted them around the Albany area to further spread the word. I also made sure we were on all local events calendars.

There was also basic office work. I would maintain our database of alumni and enter all donation checks. I sent out all the gifts from our Indiegogo campaign and made sure that Caroline and Calliope had everything they needed in the office. I would also do small errands for the residents, and help them with their computer problems.

One night I was there late and got to meet all of the new residents that were going to be with us for the next month. I took the tour of the campus with them, and got to eat dinner with all of the staff and artists. It was really awesome to be able to be surrounded by people who felt so strongly that fallowing your dreams is OK. Someone said in our Indiegogo video that The Millay Colony for the Arts makes her feel like what is she doing is OK, that she is doing what she is supposed to. That night I totally understood everything that woman had said about the Colony.

Being an English Major is a real blessing because I’ll be able to do just about anything I want when I graduate. I have an education that is applicable to so many fields that my possibilities are endless. The Millay Colony for the Arts really showed me that by maintaining a website, updating a data base or just by spreading flyers, I’m using the skills. You can still do all the things you like to do in a professional setting, so yes, The Millay Colony really did make me use my major. After college I really want to work to pursue working at a nonprofit organization. I also like that all the money we raise goes right back into the organization. I always thought that I would have to be either a teacher or a journalist, but there is so much more that we can do with my major.

Intern Profile: Susan King, New Sanctuary for Immigrants


photo 6Susan King (right, above, holding the name tag for Meghan Kelly, pictured at left) interned at New Sanctuary for Immigrants in Albany, NY this past fall semester. We asked her some questions after her internship, and here are her answers.

During the semester I spent at NSI, I did a variety of things, from collecting signatures to petitions for Compassionate Immigration Reform to helping maintain an urban garden. I did it all.

The petition wasn’t necessarily a petition; it was more of a way for members of the Albany community to say they were in favor for Compassionate Immigration reform. This was one of the biggest things I did all semester. Sadly, Immigration Reform was turned down in the house this November. But NSI was able to collect over 500 signatures from Albany County. Which really goes to show people such as our local congressman, Rep. Chris Gibson, and Speaker Bohner that people in Albany are in favor of Immigration Reform.

It was a really fun experience. Myself and other volunteers set up tables as several churches, The University of Albany and Siena College to both have petitions signed and to hand out information on immigration reform.

Some days I was going to meetings to talk about immigrants in the area that were seeking help and what we could do to provide for them. Legal consulting, job searching, ESL programs and assisting in furthering any kind of educational or career goal are things that NSI works will. I was able to observe and assist my director, Meg Kelly, with most of this, even if it was just paperwork, I learned a lot.

Many of the immigrants also benefited from the urban garden from Emmaus House. I offered to care for the garden and was able to help harvest and deliver some of the vegetables to Trinity Alliance Food Pantry. I surprised myself, because I actually really enjoyed it.

Writing a newsletter was something I slowly worked on all semester. I collected information about NSI from August to December and composed everything into a blog for NSI. As an English major it was something I actually really enjoyed. I updated their Facebook page and blogged for their newsletter. Mostly it was letting people know about the work NSI is doing and also informing people about what is going with the organization.

Working with NSI in generally affected my opinion about immigrants. NSI is not just lobbying for immigrants; they do everything you can imagine pertaining to assimilating immigrants into Albany.

There was one specific client I helped. She’s a single woman who had a baby born premature, almost three weeks early. She speaks very little English and had to leave her job after her son was born. She didn’t have anything ready for her baby, not a crib or even a car seat to take him home from the hospital in. I collected donations for her and her son through the college of Saint Rose faculty. I was able to collect several bags of clothes, diapers and various other baby supplies. I was surprised at the response from the entire faculty, and everyone was very thankful for their generosity.

I would like to go abroad and teach English as a Second Language after I graduate, so being exposed to non-native English speakers was really beneficial to me. The most important thing I saw was how people shift from their own specific culture into American culture. It was really challenging for some of them. Simple things that most of us take for granted, like getting a license or even enrolling in high school, becomes a huge struggle for immigrants. Seeing these struggles taught me to be more compassionate towards people. Something I think everyone could learn a little about, not just English majors.

What advice would I give future English major interns at NSI? Have an open mind. You may have a preconceived idea about immigration, but you’ll learn from a whole new perspective if you just keep an open mind. Everyone at NSI is a volunteer. They all give time from their busy lives to this cause. They’re really passionate about what they do, and if you’re interested in helping the cause, then you are welcomed with open arms.


ProVisions Announces Teaching and Learning Sessions Schedule for 2012-2013

We’re happy to announce the 2012-2013 schedule for ProVisions, “dedicated to exploring the theory and practice of teaching and learning through the disciplines.”

The  lunchtime sessions take place on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:15 pm in the Standish Conference Rooms A and B.  These sessions are free to Saint Rose faculty, adjunct teachers, college staff, and faculty from other colleges.  Please join us today, September 18, for the first session, “Teaching with/about Copyright and Intellectual Property.”

Check out the complete schedule below, and visit the ProVisions Blog for recordings and materials from the sessions.

Fall Schedule

September 18: Teaching with/about Copyright and Intellectual Property

October 23: Interdisciplinary Collaboration

November 27: Internships and Capstones

Spring Schedule

February 19: An Integrated First Year Experience

March 26: Teaching Service Learning Courses

April 23: Final Wrap Up: Signature Pedagogies and Saint Rose

Undergraduate Spring Internships and Beyond: Part One

Some English undergraduate students have been working hard this spring fulfilling their degree requirement of ENG 494: Senior Internship. This course requires students to work in various internship placements for a semester. The Spring 2012 interns and their placements are:

Shalyn Benway: The Saratogian

Tiffany Burnett: Albany Poets

Mikayla Consalvo: Assistant to Prof. Ledbetter

Johnathan Dorn: Retired Persons Association

Ashley Fischer: Times Union Center Sales Center

Kathleen Gargan: Saint Rose Curriculum Library

Danielle Harder: BirthNet

Kristin Militana: NYS Breastfeeding Coalition

Emily Perez: NY State Historical Collection—Curatorial Department

Kara Sheldon: Cerebral Palsy Association

For those who will be registering for ENG 494 in the near future, here is a message from Dr. Colton and Dr. Palecanda who are the go-to professors for internship preparation and questions:

“We encourage English Majors who will be seniors next year to start thinking about their internship requirement.  We suggest strongly that you try to fulfill this requirement in the fall semester of your final year.

Juniors who are eligible to complete their internships next year should start gathering information in order to prepare for registering, applying for, and securing an internship—all of which should be completed before the beginning of the semester of the internship. Information is available from the Department of English website, under the B.A. in English:

http://www.strose.edu/academics/schoolofartsandhumanities/english/english_ba (*Links and information on internships are at the bottom of the page.)

Please review this information before researching possible internships and drafting a resume.

We encourage you to contact one of us–Professor Colton or Professor Palecanda–to discuss possibilities and to look at listings of organizations offering internships. We are in the process of making more of this information available online.

Students wishing to register for English 494 in the fall will need to obtain a signature from Prof. Palecanda after meeting with their advisors, but we recommend strongly that you begin the process of planning for the internship well before registration.

Professor Colton and Professor Palecanda have offices on the second floor of Marcelle Hall, 444, Western Ave.”

Advisement day is March 20th and it will be here before you know it! If an internship is in your plans for the fall, spend some time checking out internship procedures and thinking about where you’d like to apply before registration rolls around. If you need to start thinking about internship possibilities but are curious as to what students actually do for their internships or how the internship experience can prepare soon-to-be graduating seniors for the job market, the answers are only a click away! We have enlisted the expertise and experience of spring interns Kathleen Gargan, Shalyn Benway, and Ashley Fischer in “Part Two” of this article, which features interviews with these successful interns. Click here or just scroll down!

Undergraduate Spring Internships and Beyond: Part Two

Part Two of the Undergraduate Spring Internship article features interviews with current interns Kathleen Gargan, Shalyn Benway, and Ashley Fischer. (Click here for “Part One” of this article.) Read on to see what kinds of tasks these students are performing in their internships, the benefits they are finding in their positions, and their suggestions for future interns!

Kathleen Gargan (pictured to the left) has been working as an intern this spring at the Saint Rose Curriculum Library. Regarding her experience and duties so far Kathleen tells us, “I am gathering information regarding the New York State Education Department (NYSED) new Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy. A text list has been generated from NYSED. I have been using the catalog to see if our libraries on campus house these texts. I will be helping to create a webpage for the Curriculum Library utilizing the information retrieved from the project. I am working in collaboration with the Curriculum Library Director, Marisa Gitto, for the Curriculum Library Workshop Series on March 20, 2012.”

After graduation Kathleen plans on applying to graduate school here at Saint Rose. Kathleen will be applying to the CSSA (College Student Services Administration) program, which concentrates in Student Affairs.  Kathleen comments, “This program will fully prepare me to work on any college campus in Student Affairs, and working at the Curriculum Library has shown me how different offices work with them. In my field I might have to work on the website so learning how to do these things now is beneficial. This project I have been working on is going to help so many students and that is my main motivation for everything that I do.” Helping her prepare in many ways for a future in her desired field, Kathleen has found a great fit at the Saint Rose Curriculum Library. Kathleen comments on the connection, “In the Student Affairs field we are focused on the students and how to give them the tools to succeed and that is what this internship is all about!”

As someone who has been through the application experience, Kathleen has some advice for the next batch of interns getting ready to apply in Fall 2012: “Apply to as many internships as you can. Make sure you do so early in the fall semester so you aren’t scrambling for a place. Pick an internship that you are interested in, don’t pick one because it’s easy or convenient. Do not be afraid to ask for help from your internship supervisor in the English Department. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Do not be afraid to turn places down. Make sure the internship is a good fit for you. Make sure you have your resume and cover letters critiqued and meet deadlines for everything. Make sure you represent the English Department at Saint Rose well!”

Next up is Shalyn Benway (pictured to the left), who is currently interning for The Saratogian. Shalyn tells us about her position and the types of jobs she performs: “The Saratogian is a local newspaper that also releases a quarterly magazine. My tasks include going out and about in the town of Saratoga, usually on Broadway and finding an individual to interview. Once I have asked them five questions, Who, What, Where, When and Why, I compose their answers into a mini-article to be put into the paper the next day. Aside from doing theses mini interviews, I also help out with The Saratogian’s magazine as well. I suggest ideas for articles for the magazine and help research information for the articles. There are also other tasks that I perform such as helping out with the letters to the editor and listening to The Saratogian’s messages left by anyone willing to share their thoughts and opinions.”

While journalism isn’t the specific vein of writing that Shalyn is interested in pursuing after graduating, she is happy that her experience in journalism  has fulfilled her interests in cultural immersion. Shalyn comments, “One aspect to journalism that I find interesting is getting to know the people in my area. I enjoyed meeting new people who I have interviewed and learning something about their lives. I had never really considered a career in journalism/reporting before, but this internship experience at least has allowed me to observe the different career possibilities that are out there. You never know what you may be interested in, or not, unless you give it a try!” Taking her experiences at The Saratogian with her, Shalyn hopes to follow her interests of fiction writing, poetry, and travel when she enters the job market: “One thing is for sure after I graduate, I will be traveling. My inspiration for my writing comes from being immersed in other cultures and experiencing different worlds other than my own. Hopefully I will be able to find a job that will perhaps require me to travel and write at the same time!”

Shalyn recommends applying to The Saratogian for anyone interested in journalism, and she has a few pointers that might help you edge out the competition. Shalyn advises, “It would be most advantageous if you apply sooner rather than later. There may be many students who will apply for an internship there, so it’s important to express your interest in interning with them as soon as you can.”

Ashley Fischer is currently interning in Group Sales at the Times Union Center. Ashley tells us about her responsibilities: “Overall, in Group Sales we target different groups of people to buy tickets for events. A lot of the work is researching different groups, coming up with ways to target them, either through email, fax, direct mail, or telemarketing, and then encouraging them to buy our group discounts. Taking orders and ensuring accuracy is critical in Group Sales. I am constantly looking out for different organizations, schools, and centers to get our information out there and make sure everything is always up-to-date. I work on a lot on informational packets, emails, and fliers that I design to send out to these different places we target.” Ashley also tells us that great communication skills are essential to her internship: “It all comes down to communication and maintaining a positive relationship with our clients,” Ashley says, and she realizes that these are real-world skills that will only benefit her when she enters the job market. Ashley comments, “I am utilizing and gaining greater communication skills, research skills, and public relation skills. I know I will continue to use the research, marketing, and communication skills that I have gained from working at the Times Union Center in my future since they are such mandatory and beneficial skills needed in today’s world.” Connecting to the community is another great benefit of Ashley’s internship: “The work done in group sales is very community oriented, and I enjoy seeing the outcome of all of my research. Working there has helped me open up and allowed me to realize that I want to make a change in peoples’ lives everyday.”

For anyone interested in an internship that is weighted in communications and public relations like Ashley’s is, here is some more information about her experience.  Telling us about a particular event she recently helped coordinate, Ashley says, “Recently we had the Harlem Globetrotters come to the Times Union Center. We were asked by the promoter to find an organization to perform at half time. We ended up using a younger step team in the Albany area, the Chimalsi Steppers. We decided to use them because it was such a family oriented event and we felt they deserved to be connected to the public since they are a part of the community. A lot of work went into scheduling their performance and the other meet and greets that occurred with birthday groups and special needs groups to meet the Harlem Globetrotters.”

Communications, public relations, and making a difference in the community have resulted in internship success for Ashley, and she has advice on how the next group of senior interns might succeed as well: “The best advice I can give when looking for an internship is to start your search early, be open to different positions, and apply to as many as you can. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t receive the position you were looking for exactly; the whole search process and internship is a learning experience. You should be open to new opportunities because you may end up enjoying the experience in the end. If not, you are a step ahead of others because you realize what direction you shouldn’t be going in and you can take the next step to where you want to be.”


Now that you know a little bit more about what kinds of internships are out there and you have some advice from some students who have been through the internship processes, start looking around to find placements that fulfill your interests, and remember to ask Dr. Colton and Dr. Palecanda if you have questions!