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Stan and KaylaWorking 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.

Some internships, such as the Mildred White Internship and the Julius and Dorothy Jacobsen Internship are available as scholarships for 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.

Rachel Carsrud 2009-present

Internship in archives management made possible through a Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana College.

Major projects: 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 permanant art collection.

Amanda Jenson - 2009

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

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 Daktoa

Kristin Foggia - 2007


Internship in archives management made possible through a Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana College

Major Project: Augustana College Archives

Kelli Kappenman - 2006-07

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: Government Documents Technical Assistant, SDSU Briggs Library

Elizabeth Thrond - 2005

Internship in archives management arranged through Augustana College

Major Projects: Augustana College Archives, Sioux Falls Theater Collection

Antonia Dauster - 2004-05

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

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: Director of Outreach and Communication, The Center for Western Studies; Doctoral candidate, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

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 - 1995

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: Executive Director, Angel Flight Central, Kansas City, 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

 

Pictured above is Augustana student and Mildred White intern
Kayla Hathaway and CWS board member and volunteer Stan Christopherson
installing the JoAnne Bird exhibition.