Daemen College Intern Learns about History and Makes Her Own

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.