3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Format: Case Study
Knowledge Level: 200 level
Project selection is important, but not difficult. Your brief list of possible projects can be shared with intern candidates as you explore their interests. This discussion may also lead to other, better ideas for projects that offer good products to the organization, and thoroughly challenge the intern to learn and to thrive.
The Smithsonian National Zoo embarked on such a project with a recent intern. She arrived with academic and practical experience in disaster response management. After culling through a list of possible projects, she was given the task of developing and implementing a Mass Accident Response Exercise. This project enabled the intern to apply much of the theory of her studies, and it provided much-needed guidance to the organization and client community about how to respond effectively in a crisis involving many injuries or casualties. This case study will review the effective development of an intern project to provide an incredible experience for the student, and a useful product for the organization.
Loren Plotner, FMP
Assistant Facilities Manager
Office of facilities Managment
Daniel Davies, CFM
Smithsonian Institution National Zoological Park
Office of Facilities Management & Reliability