I recently graduated from Yale University, where I majored in the Humanities and focused on the history of Ancient Greek art and music. While I had worked for the Yale University Art Gallery’s Department of Ancient art for three years, I wanted to try working in museum education in an environment a little closer to home (in both time and space). The National Museum of American History seemed like a great place to start, with its many creative and interactive public programs that “bring history alive,” often literally through theater. As an intern for Daily Programs, I have been able to see how public programming works from many levels: learning how future programs are planned and current programs are evaluated, while also helping design and run programs myself. My favorite parts of this internship have been the ability to directly engage with visitors about American history, whether working on a history cart or fiddling civil war tunes in the Price of Freedom Exhibit. Being on the floor and watching the museum experience in action seems like the best way for me to figure out if I’ll ultimately want to work in museums.
Department of Public Programming