Center for Humanities & History of Modern Biology

Ellen Brenner Memorial Internship

The late Ellen Brenner

The Ellen Brenner Memorial Internship is one of the three types of awards offered by the CSHL Center for Humanities & History of Modern Biology. It was established in 2010 in memory of Ellen Brenner, who was a CSHL librarian and integral member of the lab community for nearly a decade.

Made possible by the generosity of Ellen's husband, Dr. Steven Brenner, and other donors, the Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship offers a stipend to work on a mentored project at CSHL. Experienced librarians and archivists at CSHL will serve as mentors to the Brenner interns.

Two internships with stipends of up to $2000 will be awarded each year. We invite applications from scientists, medical professionals, library-science students and graduates, and others--anyone who is exploring a career path that might encompass work as research librarians, science informationists, and/or archivists. 

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About Ellen Brenner

Ellen Brenner was a reference librarian at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives. She upheld the highest standards of excellence in her work, while bringing warmth and sincerity to everyone with whom she worked. She had extensive knowledge of medical and science literature, having worked as a reference librarian at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Health Sciences Library, the Milton Helpern Library of Legal Medicine, and at the Cornell University Medical College Library. Her professional contributions led to significant growth of the CSHL Library's programs and services. This memorial is a testament to Ellen's understanding of the important interactions between libraries and scientists in the advancement of knowledge.

About the Award

Eligibility

The internship is open to library professionals at any career stage, library science graduate students, and anyone with a career in science or medicine who is eager to transition toward work as a science librarian, archivist, or informationist.

Award terms

Ellen Brenner Memorial internships involve working part-time for 12 weeks or full-time for 6 weeks. Recipients will receive a $2000 stipend. Interns will be supervised in projects that generally fall into one of two broad categories.

Ellen Brenner Library Interns will gain experience working in a science library with scientific resources, as well as become involved with various projects at the CSHL Library. They will work at CSHL on projects that expand the Library's reference services and strengthen its bond with the CSHL scientific community. They may also work on special projects relating to the development of science libraries in the 21st century. To learn more about the Library collections and holdings, please visit our Library Resources information page.

Ellen Brenner Archives Interns will gain experience working with collections related to the history of CSHL and the history of molecular biology and biotechnology, including both institutional records and manuscripts of prominent scientists in these fields. Interns will work on projects that are currently underway in the CSHL Archives and the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Topic areas include digitization, oral history, archives processing, and cataloging/creating metadata. To learn more about the Archives collections and holdings and The Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, please visit our Archives information page.

Ellen Brenner interns are expected to submit a brief written report on their work at the conclusion of their internship.

The stipend may be used for any purpose, including local travel and living expenses while in residence or working at CSHL.

Application Instructions

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Applications should be submitted electronically via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please attach all documents in .pdf, .doc, or .docx formats, with a very brief cover letter in the body of the email. Please format the subject line of your application email as "Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship Application, [Year], [Your Name]"

A complete application package must include the following:

  1. The application form, available at the bottom of this page.
  2. A statement of purpose
  3. A curriculum vitae. Please include undergraduate and graduate education, dates of study, areas of study, publications, and previous or current fellowships, grants, and awards.

Once under consideration for the Ellen Brenner Memorial Internship, applicants may also be asked to provide references or letters of recommendation.

The statement of purpose should be 500-1000 words in 12-point font, double-spaced. It should include a description of your career goals and an explanation of the importance of the fellowship both in relation to your own career goals and the broader discipline.

The selection of Ellen Brenner Memorial interns is based on CSHL's determination of:

  1. Motivation to pursue professional development activities in the areas of science, library and information science, and archives management.
  2. Evidence of the applicant's ability to succeed as a science librarian or archivist.

If you have any questions about applying, please contact Ms. Tara Bonet-Black: (516) 367-5020 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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