Frances Perkins was a proud alumna of Mount Holyoke College, class of 1902 and maintained a lifelong attachment to her alma mater. To reinforce the strong ties between the College and the Frances Perkins Center, an endowed internship fund was established in 2013.
The purpose of the paid internship program is to provide opportunities for current Mount Holyoke students to obtain meaningful hands-on experience working in professional fields they might pursue after graduation and that are consistent with the mission of the Frances Perkins Center. These might include museum or archival work, public history, communications, cultural landscape assessments, social policy, or other areas related to current Center initiatives and that are not typically part of the undergraduate curriculum.
The first intern, Rebecca Brenner MHC ’15, worked over the summer of 2014 with Perkins biographer Kirstin Downey to organize materials for donation to the Mount Holyoke Archives and Special Collections.
Katya Danyluk interned at the Frances Perkins Center’s Damariscotta office in 2015. Katya researched content for the Betta Ehrenfeld Public Policy Forum, merged three databases into one, and journeyed to Mount Holyoke College, along with Exhibit Guide Maya O’Keefe-Ulin, to collect research materials from Kirstin Downey’s manuscript, The Woman Behind the New Deal, which she later organized for the Center’s future use.
Over the summer of 2016 Christina Li continued the accessioning process of Kirstin Downey’s research materials for The Woman Behind the New Deal. Christina shared her writing and editing talents throughout the length of her internship assisting with grants writing, editing press releases, newsletters, and social media. Christina provided invaluable support for all Center outreach efforts including the Betta Ehrenfeld Public Policy Forum and the annual Garden Party.
The internship is administered jointly by the Center and by the Mount Holyoke Career Development Center. Future internships will be announced and applications invited in January for the upcoming summer. For more information or to contribute to the internship endowment fund, please contact us at (207) 563-3374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.