From the journal of Sarah from the week of July 28, 2014
My time as an education intern is over. I will no longer work on science projects. I won’t be testing Christmas lights or cutting wire. I won’t be meeting new campers and learning new names. I’ll be a student at Tulane going through the repetition of classes and cherishing what free time my schedule allows. I’ll miss the World War II Museum. I’ll miss the people I met and the relationships I built. I’ll miss the familiarity of the routine and the excitement of a new day. I’ll miss this experience. As sad as it is to leave the Museum and the camp behind, I know that my experience at the museum will impact me for a long time to come. I learned about an area that I had no previous knowledge of: I was always a visitor of museums not a worker. I never knew what went on behind the veils of exhibits or what was behind closed doors. Now I know that behind those doors are vending machines and coffee makers, conference rooms, and offices. Now I know that behind those doors are people passionate about museums and their impact, people who are trying to make a difference.
I am proud of my time at the National World War II Museum. I am grateful that I was offered the opportunity to help the museum further its goal of keeping World War II relevant by working with the other education interns to make a video that outlines pykrete and why it was so important to World War II. Though there were some obstacles to overcome when making the video, we finished filming and editing and hopefully it will be on the website soon. This project helped me accomplish my goal of leaving something for the museum that they can use for future summers and that will help them in their pursuit of keeping World War II relevant and alive.
I am excited to use my experience at the museum in my life at Tulane. I am excited to take different strategies back with me to my times spent in classrooms tutoring and I am ready to take my knowledge of the World War II Museum back to family and friends and encourage everyone I know to go and visit. I hope to use my experience at the museum to help me succeed in other internships and jobs I will find in the future.
I would tell students interested in an internship at the museum to take initiative and know when to speak up about activities/ events. Working at the museum was great, but at times some activities seemed repetitive and some activities were hard to relate back to the use of science and technology in World War II. I would tell students interested in museums to find an interest and study that. It is important to have people of many different backgrounds in one place to really advance the strategies and learning techniques they want to foster. The museum staff consisted of people with history degrees and English degrees. It was scary in the beginning realizing that I was the only English major in a sea of interns studying history. I would tell students that your major will help you if you apply yourself to the job and work to make a difference there.
Thank you, National World War II Museum. I had a blast.