HRB 690: Internship

HRB 690 is formally known as Internship. I chose to do 3 internships over 3 semesters, for a .5 credits each, rather than combine all the time into a one-semester internship. I was seeking out varied experiences and wanted to learn more about research, growing and cultivating plants, quality assurance, and several other topics. While I am passionate about making products, I am advanced at product development and knew that I would be taking HRB 793, Case Studies in Herbal Product Design. I ultimately chose very different experiences that afforded me some amazing learning opportunities in areas I may not have ever had exposure.

There were numerous deliverables throughout these internships. I conducted extensive research, filled out data sheets, counted microbial colonies, developed procedures, determined cost analysis, developed Certificates of Analysis for botanical products, planned and executed herbal workshops for the public, planted, pruned, and cultivated medicinal herbs, and developed herbal monographs.

I have written posts reflecting on these experiences and provided artifacts below and in my portfolio. 

To read the about these experiences and what I learned from them please see the posts for each. Additionally, each separate internship is discussed in more detail in my project portfolio, as well.

Internship 1: MUIH Microbial Analysis Experiment – The Research Phase

Internship 2*: MUIH Microbial Analysis Experiment Phase 2 (The Bunsen Burner Experiment) and 3 (Microbial Testing).

*Internship 2 was a bonus internship. I had already committed to working at the Arboretum at that time, however I felt strongly about continuing the work I had started. I received no academic credit, however I was mentored throughout this internship and learned a great deal.

Internship 3: U.S.D.A. National Arboretum, National Herb Garden

Internship 4 MUIH Dispensary Microbial Testing

There were numerous deliverables throughout these internships. I filled out data sheets, counted microbial colonies, developed procedures, determined cost analysis, developed Certificates of Analysis for botanical products, planned and executed herbal workshops for the public, planted, pruned, and cultivated medicinal herbs, and developed herbal monographs. The three monographs are linked below.

Basil Monograph

Lemon Balm Monograph

Rosemary Monograph

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