I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I’m in my second year of graduate school in the George Washington University’s Museum Studies program, focusing on museum administration and history. I received my BA in history from GW in 2011. For the past month I have been interning in Development (Office of External Affairs) with Amy Karazsia and Rachel Wood. It wasn’t until my last internship at the National Park Foundation that I discovered my interest in fundraising and development. I decided to apply for an internship at NMAH to gain experience in individual giving and membership. A few of my major responsibilities have been soliciting funding for the upcoming American Enterprise exhibition; building relationships through the Smithsonian Council for American History, the Museum’s membership program; and researching prospects for individual, foundation, and corporate giving. The most valuable and exciting part of my internship thus far has been assisting with a couple of donor tours and meetings. Development is more than crunching numbers and processing mailings; it can provide unique opportunities to interact with people through shared interests and passions.