Douglas M. Lapp Endowment Internship in Education

Douglas M. Lapp, the first Executive Director of the National Science Resources Center, now named the Smithsonian Science Education Center.

Background

The Douglas M. Lapp Endowment Internship in Education is funded through an endowed fund in honor of Douglas M. Lapp, the first Executive Director of the National Science Resources Center (NSRC), now named the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). 

Awardees of the Lapp Endowment Internship are appointed based on a demonstrated interest in the field of science education.                              

Internships are available for graduate students only who are interested in pursuing a career in the communications, marketing, or public relations fields.

This program was established in honor of Douglas M. Lapp, founding Executive Director of the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) from 1985 to 2002, now called the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC).   The SSEC’s mission is to transform the teaching and learning of science for K-12 students throughout the nation and the world. 

As Director, he was responsible for defining the Center’s overall education program, especially for K-12 students and teachers, including building awareness for K-12 science education reform among State and district leaders; conducting programs that support the professional growth of K-12 teachers and school leaders.  Also, Doug guided the NSRC to find sustainable ways to bring inquiry and experience-based science into the classroom. Through this mandate, our original curriculum tackled issues such as invasive species, species interdependency, energy conservation, and soil conservation through a variety of curricular units spanning grades 1-8.

L-R: Robin L. Davisson, 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian, Dr. David Skorton, Andre Radloff, Hazel Arroyo, and Sara Cottle.

SSEC has welcomed our first intern under the Douglas M. Lapp Endowment Internship in Education!  

Sara Cottle is a graduate student at the University of Colorado-Boulder studying Environmental Journalism.  She will be with SSEC for 15 weeks assisting our Curriculum & Communications team with multiple assignments within our Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project.