This fall, I interned at the National Museum of American History under Associate Curator, Debbie Schaefer-Jacobs in the Division of Home and Community Life. I helped her accession of a large school collection of about 900 items from donor, Dr. Richard Lodish. I had many tasks such as making packing lists for each visit, boxing up the objects from the donor’s house and bring them back to the museum, unpacking them in storage, photographing, sorting, measuring, describing and cataloguing them. Overall, this internship has really given me experience and a professional edge. I got to work hands-on with the objects and create a relationship with my supervisor and the donor. My hard work was featured on the front page of the Washington Post and NPR. I was very lucky and blessed to have this opportunity at such a well-known institution. Interning in Washington, D.C. had given me the confidence and independence to succeed in obtaining my goals.
Jan Rodriguez is a Latin American Studies student hailing from Plattsburgh State University. His internship is with a nonprofit called Partners of the Americas. Here, Jan is a Legislative Fellows intern where he is tasked with a wide range of responsibilities. Currently, he is working on a project that will provide him with transferable skills that he can use no matter where his career takes him. His organization will be participating in an international conference with attendees from the business and government sectors. Jan is researching best practices and resources for organizations doing strategic planning. He will compile his research into materials that will be used by his organization's President during a presentation at this international conference.