Erica Shockley, a student at the University of Pennsylvania and an intern in the curatorial department, applied for the internship program at the NMAJH because it was “the perfect opportunity to build upon her professional experience.”
So far, she and other interns, who attend schools ranging from the local University of Pennsylvania and Temple University to the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, have not been disappointed.
As Ethel Weinberg and Judy Finkel, the internship coordinators, often state, the internship is a great way for students to learn about “careers in the museum and non-profit world.” Monday mornings begin early, with all 14 interns in attendance for a group seminar. Together, they are given the opportunity to learn about the diverse careers in the museum world from guest speakers, and visit other local museums and non-profits. Afterwards, interns separate into their designated departments to get started on their work. Interns have been engaged in a plethora of opportunities at the Museum, ranging from attending meetings to planning seminars, designing and administering visitor services surveys, cataloging and keeping records on the condition of certain artifacts, conducting research, and helping the exhibit To Bigotry No Sanction come together and grow in its final stages before it opened in late June.
Chase Markee, a group sales intern from the University of Delaware, believes the internship has been “organized, educationally-mindful, and mutually beneficial to both the Museum and its interns. Along with the hands-on experience,” Markee said, “it’s afforded us [the opportunity] to learn from and ask questions of museum and other non-profit professionals and has exposed us to a variety of intriguing career paths.”
For information about the internship program, please visit the Museum's internship web page or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This blog post was written by Jaime Toplin, a sophomore at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She works as the Program Assistant/intern to the director at The Gershman Y’s Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, an opportunity received through the NMAJH internship program.