Every year, when the majority of our summer interns go back to the classroom or jump head first into the real-world, we repeat the same mantra. "Interns rock." They just do. How else could museums accomplish mind-blowing cultural feats? Answer: Not without them. The work of dedicated volunteers and interns--who invest months of their lives into singular, "accomplishable" tasks--is critical. Whether it's clearing image rights, collaborating with partner museums, or developing thoughtful research, the work that comes from our interns is top notch.
Here's a shout out to our summer class of 2014, cast as the superheroes they are!
Gwen (a.k.a Superman), is from Lancaster, California. She loves Black Cherry ice cream, can drive a massive tour bus, and hopes to establish a career in museum education and outreach. Of her internship, Gwen says that she's enjoyed "being involved in the early stages of exhibition development. It's been a practical experience."
Francesca (otherwise known as Wonder Woman) hails from a small city near Venice, Italy. With a background in archaeology (and a serious love of everything Star Wars), she believes that "what matters most are the people you work with and the passion they're able to pass on to you." Why did she want to come to SITES? "Because it means not only one museum, but many museums all in one!"
Laura G. is spot on as the hard-working Robin. She'd like to pursue a museum career as a curator of American history and (true to her lunch box form) is a huge fan of pop culture sidekicks, like Vinnie from “Doogie Howser M.D.,” Cosmo Brown from “Singin’ in the Rain,” and Al from “Quantum Leap." Here at SITES, Laura's been thrilled with the opportunity to observe the overall exhibition design process for the upcoming exhibit, Patios, Pools, & The Invention of the American Backyard.
The role of Cat Woman is played by Laura A., from Seaford, New York. When asked about why she wanted to work with SITES and its Museum on Main Street project, she said, "I love that the exhibits tell the broad American story but each community gets to make their own story a part of the exhibition." If that weren't enough, Laura can perform Dracula and Cookie Monster accents like nobody's business.
Jesse, who evidently doesn't like cheese on his pizza (seriously?), is cast as The Joker, but he's really a serious-minded grad student from Lawrenceville, Georgia. This summer he's been developing digital content for the Stories from Main Street project and, one day hopes to join a museum education department.
Rachel (alter ego, Batman) is pursuing a degree in Exhibition Design, with the goal of putting those skills to use in a museum after receiving her degree. She is from Oshkosh, WI, and spent a summer as an acrobat at a circus!
In the words of Spiderman, "With great power comes great responsibility," and these super interns know the feeling!