Internships

Rachel Carsrud with exhibit on John R. Milton

Former intern Rachel Carsrud with the exhibit she developed about John R. Milton, founding editor of the South Dakota Review.

Working in a professional setting at the Center for Western Studies, interns develop sensitivity to the history and cultural diversity of the plains region and learn about the practical aspects of managing a research agency. The principal area of internship activity is the archives, but students may also participate in book editing and publishing, conference and special event administration, and fund raising and marketing.

All recurring internships, including the Mildred White Internship and the Julius and Dorothy Jacobsen Internship, are available to Augustana students. The Jacobsen Internship is restricted to graduates of West Central High School, Tri-Valley High School, or Montrose High School. The Center also offers paid internships, usually restricted to graduate students, contingent upon funding availability.

Graduates of the Center for Western Studies' Internship Program in Archives and Museum Management can be found all over the midwest.

Many of these promising individuals have been the beneficiaries of paid internships, made possible originally by the Sheldon F. Reese Foundation, which inaugurated the program in 1991, and by Mrs. Margaret H. Reese, who continued the program for several years.

During the early years of the paid internship program, interns were known as Reese Interns. Additional funding has been received from David and Sandra Solberg, Drs. Tom and Elaine McIntosh, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution through the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Midcontinent Media Foundation, and Betty and Charley Gutch.

It has become a custom for former Interns to gather at the annual Center for Western Studies' Dakota Conference on History, Literature, Art, and Archaeology, where they present papers, chair sessions, and visit about their careers.

Lauren Evans - 2014-present

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College.
  • Major Projects: Cataloging of the CWS artifact collection, notably the Sally J. Fantle and Shirley Savage Jones Collections

Brooke Lowin - 2013

  • Internship in event planning and collections management arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Continued work on CWS art collections database

Seth Wolles - 2012-presentSeth Wolles

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Carol Mashek Collection, Augustana College archives, updating on-line abstracts

Rebecca Sunde - 2012-present

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Edwin and Pearl (Lewison) Hesby Collection, Augustana College archives, Blue Cloud Abbey-American Indian Culture Research Center artifact collection

Sebastian Forbush - 2012-14

  • Internships in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship and others arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Episcopal Diocese of SD records, C.E. Van Norman, Jr. Collection of Riggs family papers, CWS admin. records
  • Current position: Museum Assistant, 49ers Museum, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

Lauren Anderson - 2011-13

  • Internship in art collection management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Continued work on CWS art collection database, assistance with gallery exhibits and art events

Rebekah Walker - 2011-12

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Ron Nelson papers

Rachel Carsrud - 2009-12

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Reorganizing the Augustana Photograph Collection, processing archival collections

Hannah deFreese - 2009

  • Internship in collections management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Project: Working with PastPerfect database to inventory CWS permanent art collection

Amanda Jenson - 2009Amanda Jenson

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: processing new archival donations from the South Dakota Episcopal Diocese

Maren Peterson - 2009

  • Internship in collections management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Project: Organizing the CWS three-dimensional artifact collection

Lauren Jones - 2008-09

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Project: Working on a collection of Civil War letters and journal of Samuel DeForest Woodford, a member of the 154th New York State Volunteers

Andrew Erickson - 2007-09

  • Internship in Sioux Falls theater history made possible through a Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Cataloging theater productions in Sioux Falls to 1945, inventorying permanent art collection using PastPerfect
  • Current Position: Research Analyst, Market Logic Software, Berlin, Germany and English Instructor at Lernstudio Barbarossa, Potsdam, Germany

Kelly Goertzen - 2007-08

  • Internship in archives management and historical document editing made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Anson Yeager papers, Sioux Falls Rotary Club Records, Lillie Hays Letters
  • Current Position: Graduate Student at the University of South Dakota

Kristin Foggia - 2007

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Project: Augustana College Archives

Kelli Kappenman - 2006-07All Runner, Plowman, Feller, Kappenman

  • Internship in Sioux Falls history made possible through a Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana College

Laura Plowman - 2005-08

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Guide to Photographic Collections, Augustana College Archives, Dakota Conference papers
  • Current Position: History and Government Teacher, Brookings High School, Brookings, SD

Elizabeth Thrond - 2005

  • Internship in archives management arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Augustana College Archives, Sioux Falls Theater Collection
  • Current Position: Collections Assistant, Center for Western Studies of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

Antonia Dauster - 2004-05Toni Dauster

  • Internship in archives management arranged through Eastern Illinois University
  • This internship was made possible in part by a grant from the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation
  • Major Projects: United Church of Christ Archives, Elizabeth R. Gutch Papers, South Dakota American Guild of Organists Collection, Dorothy Grinager Collection

Holli Axtell - 2003

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Current Position: Lead Patient Registration Representative, Lakes Regional Healthcare, Spirit Lake, IA

Brandi Hatle - 2002

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Project: Western art exhibit research and writing

Deborah Lyon - 2000

  • Independent Internship: Advanced Reese Intern
  • Major Projects: Supervised the PastPerfect collections management project, reorganized the Augustana College Archives, provided reference services to patrons, and assisted with such CWS events as the Dakota Conference

Nichole Kranzler - 1999

  • Internship arranged through the University of South Dakota
  • Major Projects: Inaugurated the project to catalog CWS collections using PastPerfect collections management software. Participated in revising the CWS membership brochure and assisted with several CWS events, including the Dakota Conference, June Event, and Boe Forum
  • Current Position: South Dakota Department of Education, Pierre, SD

Jennifer Johnson - 1998

  • Internship arranged through the University of South Dakota
  • Major Projects: Guide to Women's History Sources at the Center for Western Studies, selected documents from the CWS collections on the CWS web page, assistance with the Dakota Conference and Boe Forum on Public Affairs

Ben Wester - 1998

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Project: American Indian Culture Research Center Records, assistance with Papers of the Thirtieth Annual Dakota Conference

Leah (Gleason) Hebner - 1997

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Herbert Krause Papers, Echoes from the Little Big Horn exhibit catalog, editorial assistance with A Twentieth-Century Life by Arthur Larson
  • Current Position: Lutheran Social Services, Sioux Falls, SD

Tim Hoheisel - 1997

  • Internship arranged through St. Cloud State University
  • Major Projects: Herbert Krause Papers; assistance with the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale, Dakota Conference, and June Event
  • Current Position: Executive Director of the Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud, MN

Rebecca (Stromstad) Glaser - 1996

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Explorations of the American West exhibit, editorial assistance with Fort Sisseton by Harold Schuler, assistance with the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale
  • Current Position: Associate Managing Editor, Capstone Press, Mankato, MN

Michael Hargesheimer - 1995

  • Internship arranged through St. Cloud State University
  • Major Projects: Lawrence Stavig Papers, American Indian Culture Research Center Papers, assistance with the Boe Forum on Public Affairs

Shane Nackerud - 1995Clockwise from top left: Worcester, Lyon, Nackerud, Hagen, Knauss

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: John R. Milton Papers, assistance with the Dakota Conference
  • Current Position: Web Services Coordinator, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis, MN

Karin Koster - 1994

  • Internship arranged through St. Cloud State University
  • Major Project: Reuben Goertz Collection
  • Current Position: Inver Grove Heights Historical Society, Inver Grove Heights, MN

Jan Larson -1993

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Augustana College Archives, assistance with the Dakota Conference
  • Current Position: Counselor, Luverne School District, Luverne, MN

Deborah Lyon - 1993

  • Internship arranged through the University of South Dakota
  • Major Projects: Enos Jones Collection, Augustana College Archives, assistance with the Dakota Conference
  • Former Position: Archive Assistant, University Archives/Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE

Christel (Knauss) Golnick - 1992

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Fred and Marie Christopherson Papers, Bishop Walter Jones Papers, assistance with the Dakota Conference
  • Current Position: Regional Relations Team Leader, Heartland Foundation, St. Joseph, MO

Michael Worcester - 1992

  • Internship arranged through St. Cloud State University
  • Major Projects: Norwegian Singers Association of America Records, South Dakota Ornithologists' Union Records, assistance with the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale and Dakota Conference
  • Current Position: Executive Director, Cokato Museum and Akerlund Photo Studio, Cokato, MN