Catherine Carver, a USI history major with a minor in anthropology, was recently selected as the recipient of a six-week Global Engagement Internship to New Lanark, Scotland. The internship will provide opportunities to gain a better understanding of global issues and challenges that impact the world.
A native of Deltona, Florida, Carver will travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site in Scotland from May 10 through June 22. She will help develop a public search room to support access to New Lanark’s collection of photographs, maps, drawings, and documents. The work will connect the New Lanark collection to the collections housed at USI’s David L. Rice Library and in New Harmony, Indiana.
New Lanark is a restored 18th century cotton mill village in southern Scotland. Less than an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow, it welcomes thousands of visitors each year. It is connected to USI’s Historic New Harmony through the life and work of Robert Owen, founder of the second community experiment in New Harmony. In 2011, USI and Historic New Harmony hosted a visit by Jane Masters and Anysley Gough from New Lanark. The summer internship was one of the outcomes from that visit.
At USI, Carver works for Academic Skills as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) leader and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, Student Support Services, and USI's Honors Program. Last spring, she received the Donald Pitzer History Scholarship. She plans to pursue graduate school in history or archeology.
“This work is very applicable to my career goals,” said Carver. “Plus, it’s always great to be able to travel abroad.” She plans to visit the National Archives in Edinburgh, Scotland during the trip to research her family history, which has been traced there.
USI faculty mentor Dr. Kristalyn Shefveland, assistant professor of history, will accompany Carver to Scotland for 10 days, and work with her over the course of the internship to maintain a record of the experience and to complete a final project.
The internship will include audience research, on-site and digital interpretation, and development of educational material. Carver plans to focus on issues of public health, education, and poverty reduction in relation to New Harmony, New Lanark, and the world today. She also plans to host a blog and share pictures during her internship. She will be expected to present her experiences at the Global Engagement Forum in late 2012 at USI and at other venues.
USI plans to use the internship as a launching point for an ongoing partnership with New Lanark. “USI will fully and permanently fund a student to work at New Lanark, Scotland next summer and every summer thereafter to keep a permanent link to our history in Scotland,” said Mark Rozewski, vice president for Finance and Administration.
Carver's was one of four Global Engagement Internships awarded in spring 2012 through USI’s International Programs and Studies. See the links at top right for more.
Photo Credit: USI Photography Services