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Ellen Brenner Memorial Internship

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The Ellen Brenner Memorial Internship is one of the four types of awards offered by the CSHL Center for Humanities & History of Modern Biology. It was established in 2020 in memory of Ellen Brenner, who was a CSHL librarian and integral member of the lab community for nearly a decade. In her role supervising library volunteers, Ellen worked with many high school students, cultivating their interests in science and libraries.

Made possible by the generosity of Ellen’s husband, Dr. Steven Brenner, and other donors, the Ellen Brenner Memorial Internship offers a stipend to Long Island high school students to work on a mentored summer project at CSHL Library and Archives. Experienced librarians and archivists at CSHL will serve as mentors to the Brenner interns. The Brenner Internship is especially intended to improve representation in the sciences by supporting women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. (Please see the latest report from the National Science Foundation on participation by members of these groups here: https://ncses.nsf.gov/pubs/nsf19304/)

One Brenner Internship will be awarded each year, with a stipend of up to $1000.

We invite applications from Long Island high school students who are interested in science and history and who desire hands-on experience in a research library or archives.

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Ellen Brenner was a reference librarian at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives. She upheld the highest standards of excellence in her work, while bringing warmth and sincerity to everyone with whom she worked. She had extensive knowledge of medical and science literature, having worked as a reference librarian at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Health Sciences Library, the Milton Helpern Library of Legal Medicine, and at the Cornell University Medical College Library. Her professional contributions led to significant growth of the CSHL Library’s programs and services. This memorial is a testament to Ellen’s understanding of the important interactions between libraries and scientists in the advancement of knowledge.

Eligibility

Students enrolled in high schools on Long Island are eligible to apply an internship that will occur in the summer after their 10th, 11th or 12th grade year. We invite applications from any interested student, but preference will be given to applications by students who belong to group(s) underrepresented in U.S. science.

Award terms

Ellen Brenner Memorial Internships involve working part-time for 6 weeks or full-time for 3 weeks during summer break. Recipients will receive a $1, 000 stipend. Interns will be supervised in projects that generally fall into one of two broad categories.

Ellen Brenner Library Interns will gain experience working in a science library with scientific resources, as well as become involved with various projects at the CSHL Library. They will work at CSHL on projects that expand the Library’s reference services and strengthen its bond with the CSHL scientific research community. They may also work on special projects relating to the development of science libraries in the 21st century. To learn more about the Library collections and holdings, please visit our Library Resources information page.

Ellen Brenner Archives Interns will gain experience working with collections related to the history of CSHL and the history of molecular biology and biotechnology, including both institutional records and Ellen Brenner Archives Interns will gain experience working with collections related to the history of CSHL and the history of molecular biology and biotechnology, including both institutional records and manuscripts of prominent scientists in these fields. Interns will work on projects that are currently underway in the CSHL Archives, Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and BGI Nobel Laureates Collection. Topic areas include digitization, oral history, archives processing, and cataloging/creating metadata. Projects include assisting archivists with processing archival collections, assisting with exhibits, surveying/inventorying collections, updating databases, etc. To learn more about the Archives collections, The Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and BGI Nobel Laureates Collection, please visit our Archives information page.

Ellen Brenner interns are expected to submit a brief written report on their work at the conclusion of their internship.

Applications are to be submitted by June 1st of each calendar year

Applications should be submitted electronically via email to ellen-brenner-fellowship@cshl.edu. Please attach all documents in .pdf, .doc, or .docx formats, with a very brief cover letter in the body of the email. Please format the subject line of your application email as “Ellen Brenner Memorial Internship Application”

A complete application package must include the following:

  1. The application form (pdf)
  2. A statement of interest (see instructions below)
  3. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor
  4. The statement of interest should be 500-800 words in 12-point font, double-spaced. It should include a description of your high school class and subject interests, it can also discuss your planned college major and a brief explanation of how you think this internship will benefit you.

The selection of Ellen Brenner Memorial fellows is based on CSHL’s determination of:

  1. Interest in science, history, writing, research, history of science, librarianship, and archives.
  2. Evidence of the applicant’s character and desire to complete the internship.

If you have any questions about applying, please contact Ms. Tara Bonet-Black: 516-367-5020 or bonetbl@cshl.edu