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Central State University Forming New Ties at the Smithsonian

Posted on Jun 12, 2019 by in The OFI Blog |

Interns, left to right, Donayja Harris, Branden Fletcher, Mye’Sha Burnett, Ayanna Russell, and Cortney Reid

Ayanna Russell, Mye’Sha Burnett, Cortney Reid, Donayja Harris, and Sandria Daley students at Central State University, which is a Historically Black University located in Wilberforce, OH were recently chosen to complete a summer internship at the Smithsonian Institution.

This wonderful opportunity was made possible by a partnership with the Smithsonian African American Association (SAAA) and the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP). MSEIP funds the STEM success center at CSU. Each student was completely funded and received a stipend for the internship. The internship locations include the Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs (OEEMA), the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Gardens, Smithsonian’s National Zoo (NZP), the Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) and Office of Contracting and Personal Property Management (OCon&PPM). The students are expected to give a presentation about their specific jobs and their personal experience at the Smithsonian when they return to CSU.


CSU intern Ayanna Russell