The first project for my internship is down! I have finally submitted a two page long paper detailing various grants, organizations, and business the RVPF can hit up for money. It only resulted in frustration and a messy desk for me. This is not the work I was expecting to do during my internship but it is far better than writing a 30 page paper on anything or doing nothing in a museum for several hours straight. This project has definitely shown the lengths non-profits have to go to get money for their projects. Some of the organizations and businesses that were asked to donate include Colonial Dames and Bank of Botetourt.
I am now starting work on a couple of projects that involved cemetery preservation and another project on endangered historical sites in Roanoke. The first two involve me emailing someone at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources for information on cemetery preservation and making an FAQ out of the information. The other project sees me interviewing foundation members on the current status of various historical sites in Roanoke and updating our list of endangered sites. I still can’t believe they’re trusting me to work on some of these projects. You would think they would keep interns away from vital projects especially ones that involve funding or finding historical information.