Spring Break Internship in Social History and the Study of Place

To be announced

Towards a Historical Gazetteer of Oak Spring Garden

This weeklong internship over spring break will take place at Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Upperville, VA, USA.  A team of students will work with Foundation Director, Sir Peter Crane, Foundation staff and Dean Craig on preliminary research for a gazeetter, comparable to a dictionary of place, to help situate Oak Spring in social historical and spatial context.

Organization Description

Oak Spring Farm was the 4,000 acre country estate of philanthropists “Bunny” and Paul (Yale, ’29) Mellon, located about an hour west of Washington, D.C. Renowned for its beauty, plantings and extensive library assembled by Mrs. Mellon, the estate was transformed into the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, following her death in 2014.  Today, the OSGF is an operating foundation dedicated to sharing the gifts and ideas of Rachel “Bunny” Mellon.  Its mission is to support and inspire fresh thinking and bold action on the history and future of plants, including the art and culture of plants, gardens and landscapes.

Project Summary

Interns will conduct preliminary research on contemporary and historical sites, events and people associated with the area surrounding OSGF.  Making use of archival records, maps, interviews, site visits, and field trips, they will begin gathering and writing entries and stories of place. In addition, interns will document their work and create a workplan for the summer of 2018 when the project will continue.  Two summer internships will be available and spring break participants are encouraged to apply.

The internship is open to all students but those majoring in or intending to major in Anthropology, Arts and Humanities, Economics (especially with an interest in economic history), Environmental Studies, History, and Urban Studies may find it particularly useful for their development.

Interns will work as a team so differentiated skills and interests are desirable for the project overall. The project will allow students to acquire and deepen their skills but some specialized skills student may already have that could be useful include:

  • Archival Research
  • Oral History
  • GIS Mapping
  • Photography
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Project Management

Airfare, food and lodging provided for interns.  Interns will be required to do some preliminary work and reading prior to departure and attend some planning sessions.

To apply

Please send a CV and cover letter to Dean Craig (trisha.craig@yale-nus.edu.sg) by Jan 24.  Applications and decisions will be made on a rolling basis so early submissions are encouraged.  In your cover letter explain your interest in the project, what you would hope to contribute to the project and how it fits in to your continuing development.  Also, please indicate whether you would consider returning as a summer intern if that were a possibility. Please note that seniors are not eligible for the summer internship.