In 1998, the library launched an internship for a recent college graduate interested in librarianship. Our fledgling program caught the attention of Barbara Holley ’54, a retired librarian and in 2002 she established an endowment to help support it. Holley made it possible for us to offer a unique, one-year, paid position that allows the intern to “try out” all the departments in the library. Most former Holley interns are now working in archives, libraries, museums and other cultural institutions.
The real-world impact of the Holley internship inspired Robert Fortenbaugh ’44 to establish an internship program in honor of his wife, Esther Kenyon Fortenbaugh ’46. This is a semester-long internship, designed to expose a current Gettysburg College student to a specific library department and has grown to include multiple students throughout the year. Fortenbaugh interns have served in archives, reference, cataloging, music and exhibits preparation.
Both Esther and Robert have passed away, but their daughter, Linda Fortenbaugh Thompson along with other family members and friends, continue to support these popular internships. For a glimpse into what these interns have gone on to achieve, please see “A Tribute to Robert B. Fortenbaugh, 1923-2009” in the Spring 2010 issue of the Friends of Musselman Library newsletter.
The seeds that Barbara Holley and the Fortenbaughs planted continue to bear fruit. In 2012, Ron ’72 and Diane Werley Smith ’73 endowed the Diane Werley Smith internship, a 10-week summer internship in Special Collections. This focused experience provides a rare opportunity to learn more about work in Special Collections and Archives without the distraction of school obligations. For more information on the founding of this internship, please see the article, “Alumni Couple Establishes Summer Internship” in the Spring 2012 issue of the Friends of Musselman Library newsletter.