Learning + Fun Go Hand in Hand!

Learning + Fun Go Hand in Hand!

Hello again! Now I’ve been interning at the Penn Museum for about 2 1/2 months with about another 2.5 weeks to go! I’ve continued interning in Learning Programs but at the end of June I’ve also started my internship with Public Programs! So I intern in Learning Programs in the morning and do the camp from lunch until I leave! Both have been amazing and cemented my desire to pursue Museum Education! In Learning Programs I have continued to work on the Education Collection under Allyson, who is one of the best people I have ever worked under! I continue to catalogue the different sections of the collection but I have also created Visualization charts for each section so the location and placement of the objects within the cabinets can become standardized. I’ve also done odd jobs here and there for Allyson whether its finding artifacts we have on display to include in our Loan boxes or taking pictures with a fancy camera for social media. Its all been fun and rewarding! Its also nice, that although I am under the supervision of Allyson, she lets me do my own thing and work through the collection at my own pace. I’ve learned a lot about the behind-the-scenes of Museum Education and its been insightful and cool to see how the department works in its off-season. I have loved every minute of interning in Learning Programs and am excited to come back to intern in January when I come back from studying abroad. For Public Programs I serve as the Camp Intern for the Museum’s Educational Day Camp for kids ages 7-13.And I must...
Summer of Learning: Interning at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Summer of Learning: Interning at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

  When I was in 9th grade, I visited the Penn Museum for the first time and it changed my life. It sparked my interest in Anthropology and a desire to one day work in a museum. The museum has a vast collection of objects, the amount unheard of for a University Museum. 6 years later and I’m now interning at the museum in two separate departments: the Learning Programs Department whose main focus is the K-12 audience, and the Public Programs Department who focuses on the general population. Both are two separate entities but both focus on public engagement and teaching, 2 pillars of the museum’s mission statement. I knew I wanted to work somewhere in museum education in the future, so being able to intern in both departments was a perfect fit! In the Learning Programs Department, I work under Kevin Schott, the Guide Programs Manager, and Allyson Mitchell, the Outreach Programs Manager both of which who are so great and amazing. Kevin is the person I go to whenever I’m confused, 10/10 times he has had answers for me. The department has several other people who are all museum educators and work on different aspects in the department. I am so grateful to be able to work alongside them since they are some of the nicest and most welcoming people I have ever met! The first day of work, over 400 kids came into the museum, all around the same time, and it was the most organized chaos I have ever seen. Everyone in the department was calm and handled all of the hyper kids with ease...