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Olana and Columbia-Greene Community College Summer (ID: 108995) for Summer 2022


P and R Taconic Park Comm

5720 Route 9G
Hudson , NY 12534
E-Mail: Amy.Hausmann@parks.ny.gov

Division/Unit: Historic Sites


Web Site: https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/olana/details.aspx(New Window)


School Affiliation

Columbia-Green Community College

Proposal Information


*This internship is for current Columbia-Greene Community College students only.*

The Olana and Columbia-Greene Community College Summer Internship invites students to participate in a summer career development program working alongside staff members from Olana State Historic Site and The Olana Partnership on three key projects over the course of CGCC's six-week second summer session (beginning after July 4).

Students will work closely with Olana staff to research and develop a project, in concert with their CGCC internship supervisor. Interns will be supervised by educational staff from The Olana Partnership. These projects encourage students to apply the skills learned via their studies in one of three subject areas to their work at Olana: fine arts, business and administration, environmental studies. All internships will follow a project-based format in which students will be responsible for beginning and completing a specific project in concert with Olana staff and CGCC faculty/advisors.

Please see the three project outlines below:

1) Environmental Education and Interpretation: Assist education, interpretation, and NYS Parks staff with developing a guide for future environmental education curricula and interpretation onsite at Olana.
2) Visitor Research (Digital Media and/or Onsite): Assist marketing, communications, visitor services, retail, and programming staff in learning more about how to reach a young adult audience and target this untapped demographic through marketing, programming, visitor services or retail efforts. Provide recommendations on how the visitor's experience of the whole site could be improved.
3) Collections, Exhibitions, and Interpretation Research:. Learn more about daily tour operations, collection maintenance, programming efforts, and collections and exhibitions. Work with Olana collections staff to develop reference guides to assist interpreters, education, and visitor services staff in preparing for public tours and programs.

Internships will require students to:
- Participate in one orientation session and additional training sessions with Olana Staff as necessary
- Interview key Olana staff members to learn more about daily site operations to successfully research their projects
- Collect findings and complete a report with recommendations for Olana at the culmination of their internship
- Complete 90 hours over 6 weeks with Olana hours of Tuesday-Saturday, 9-5pm (schedule can be flexible and tailored to student's schedule)

About Olana and The Olana Partnership: Olana is the greatest masterwork of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), the preeminent American artist of the mid-19th century and the most important artist's home, studio, and designed landscape in the United States. Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana's 250-acre artist-designed landscape with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains and welcomes more than 170,000 visitors annually. The landscape is open for guided touring, and reservations are highly recommended. The landscape is open daily 8 AM-sunset.

Olana State Historic Site, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State to support the restoration, conservation, and interpretation of Olana. The Olana Partnership operates Olana State Historic Site in a cooperative agreement with New York State Parks.





Hands on Field Work


Internship Areas: Communications/Public Relations, Education, Financial Administration

Logistical Information

Payment? Paid

Number of Hours: 30 or more

Location: Columbia

Number of Interns Needed: 3

Desired Candidate Profile

Preferred Standing Sophomore

Minimum Standing: Sophomore

Degree Concentrations: Business Administration, Environmental Studies, Visual/Performing Arts