DORSET >> Carling Berkhout, a Dorset native, a freshman at Bennington College and 2015 graduate of Burr and Burton Academy, has been awarded an internship at the Smithsonian Institution's Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. She will spend her seven week Bennington College Field Work Term beginning Jan. 4, at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Berkhout's academic studies at Bennington College are focused upon creative writing, studying and playing traditional music. She is an accomplished musician as a clawhammer banjo player and is excited to have the opportunity to work with Smithsonian Folkways as a Sales and Marketing Intern who will be researching and writing about music, promoting albums, working on press releases, managing social media platforms, and compiling playlists.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. On July 1, 1836, Congress accepted the legacy bequeathed to the nation by James Smithson and pledged the faith of the United States to the charitable trust. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 138 million, including more than 127 million specimens and artifacts at the National Museum of Natural History.