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3.07 Intern Night MARE

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Track: Council/Industry Specific
Format: Case Study
Organization: IFMA
Knowledge Level: 200 level
Session Description: An intern is on an extended career interview for the entire duration of their work in your organization.  This is an opportunity to see the individual’s capacity to add real value.  This time should be applied to an intensive project that challenges the intern to expose their skills in ways that demonstrate they will be an asset to the organization when they are selected for a full-time position.

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.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about effective intern project development: utilizing the intern's expertise.
  • Hear about the Mass Accident Response Exercise (MARE).
  • Review communtiy involvement to achieve culture change.
  • Discuss customized training to the unique requirements of the facility.
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    Loren Plotner, FMP
    Smithsonian Institution
    Assistant Facilities Manager
    Office of facilities Managment

    Loren Plotner is a facility management professional and has worked for the Smithsonian Institution in FM since 2001. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in the Navy, 17 years as an engineer and three years as security force in the Washington district. Loren also spent 11 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician and a level 2 Firefighter in Virginia Beach and Caroline County, Va.

    Daniel Davies, CFM
    Smithsonian Institution National Zoological Park
    Facilities Manager
    Office of Facilities Management & Reliability

    Daniel H. Davies, CFM, is a facility manager at the Smithsonian Institution. He joined the organization in 1994 and played a key role in the renovation of the Old Patent Office Building, which re-opened in 2006 as the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. In 2007, he became the facility manager for the National Zoological Park and its Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Davies started with a B.S. in agricultural science (Rutgers 81) and 10 years at the helm of Red Beard Construction Co. doing public sector renovations with an historic preservation tilt, before joining the Smithsonian facilities team. Certificate work at George Mason University led him to CFM designation in 2007. Davies is past president of the Museum & Cultural Institution Council of IFMA, and a past board member of the International Association of Museum Facility Administrators.

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