Welcome 2017 Summer Interns!

Posted on June 8th, 2017 by

We are so pleased to welcome this summer’s Interns to the Museum! This cohort hit the ground running – their first day was Monday and amid the regular orientation activities they got right to work, helping prepare invitations to our upcoming members-only preview for Just Married! Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland. (Have you reserved your seats yet? Don’t delay, space is going fast!) You’ll be hearing from them every Thursday throughout the summer as they explore the world of Museums and the Jewish Museum of Maryland in particular. Below they have introduced themselves in their own words.


Jillie Drutz, Exhibitions

Jillie Drutz, Exhibitions

My name is Jillie Drutz and I am very excited to be working as an intern with the exhibitions department at JMM. Born and raised in Reisterstown, MD, I graduated from the George Washington University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Anthropology knowing that I wanted to work in a museum. Then, I came back home and I did! I worked in museums! I was so lucky to be able to have worked at the National Aquarium and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History doing a variety of work.

Checking out an old school card catalog.

Checking out an old school card catalog.

I believe in museums and their extraordinary ability to connect people. I am passionate about research and making it accessible to everyone. And museums are really amazing places to do that. I have gained a lot of museum education and educational management experience, but I really wanted to be a part of research and exhibition development, which was why I was interested in an exhibitions internship. But, specifically why I wanted to intern with the JMM—well there was a much more personal reason.

Jewish history in Maryland has a very special place in my heart. Visiting the Jewish Museum of Maryland, I feel like I am learning about my own family. And now interning here, I have the privilege to help others do the same.


 

Ryan Mercado, Exhibitions

Ryan Mercado, Exhibitions

Bonjour/Hi, my name is Ryan Mercado! The greeting in English and French is the “unofficial way” people in the City of Montreal generally greet each other since the city is half English and French, but more on that later. Where to begin? I am 22 years old and I just finished up my undergrad career at UMBC in May! I graduated with a BA in History and Political Science, as well as a Minor in Judaic Studies. My journey to this Museum is different than most. To be more specific, my journey to Judaism is different than most. I grew up in a traditional Catholic family in Olney, Maryland, about an hour south from here. It was a good childhood but when I got older I realized I just didn’t feel spiritual and connected in Catholicism. In my Sophomore Year I took a class called “Ancient Israel” and was first introduced to the discipline of Judaic Studies. Eventually after some soul searching and some delicious challah bread, I decided to convert to Reform Judaism. I am currently in my conversion process and hope to be finished by next year.

Dressed for the chill

Dressed for the chill

What fascinates me most about Judaism is its vast history and culture. After that initial class I filled the rest of my undergrad career with Jewish history and culture classes. I knew from then on I wanted my career to focus on Jewish history and culture in some way. I found my way to the UMBC Campus Hillel where I met Ms. Alana Hayes, the Peer Educator here at the Museum, she told me about this internship and I decided to apply and take it! My goal in these 10 weeks is to learn how Museums operate, how exhibits are run, and how history and culture intertwine to create an exhibit. Hopefully, my time as the Exhibition Intern will provide me with that! Currently I am getting ready to move to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where I will begin my Master’s studies in History at Concordia University. During my undergrad career, I studied abroad in Montreal, learned French, and fell in love with the city. While I was in Montreal, I started my conversion at the synagogue there and delved into the history of Jewish Montreal. I hope that this internship will give me the skills to understand and incorporate Jewish Montreal, as I will do with Jewish Maryland. As for the rest of the summer, well, let’s just say I have a lot of planning and packing to do before my big move! Come by and say hello! I’m sure I can tell you a story about my time in Canada!

À bientôt!/See you soon!

-Ryan


Tirza Ochrach-Konradi, Exhibitions (Oral History)

Tirza Ochrach-Konradi, Exhibitions (Oral History)

Hello! I’m Tirza!

I was born in Athens, Ohio but I moved to Towson when I was five and have lived there since. I’m currently working toward a double major in Sociology and Fine Art at Scripps College in southern California. I have recently been terrorizing my mother by baking excessive batches of cookies, and in my other free time I enjoy reading fiction, playing board games with my brother, and talking to our cat.

What a cutie!

What a cutie!

I am one of three Exhibitions interns for this summer. In this role I will be focusing on an oral history collections project for which the JMM is collaborating with Beth Am Congregation. The opportunity to do interview work is a major part of what drew me to this job because these skills are very important for qualitative sociology work. Additionally a lot of art theory has to do with collecting, preserving, and understanding art objects. Working in exhibitions will give me the opportunity to dig into how the JMM does these things with their collections. I’m excited to be with the museum this summer and have this opportunity!


 

Joelle Paull, Collections

Joelle Paull, Collections

Hi! I’m Joelle. I am working as a collections intern this summer. I’m from Los Angeles, but recently graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I majored in Art History and Medieval and Early Modern Studies. This summer I am looking forward to learning about the Jewish community in Maryland and exploring the museum’s collections. Museums have always held a special place in my heart and I am really excited to be working at the Jewish Museum. I am hoping to go into museum or non-profit administration and eventually pursue either a law or museum studies degree. The JMM internship appealed to me because it offers incredible experience working with objects and insight into how museums function behind the scenes.

Enjoying the great wide world

Enjoying the great wide world

When not at work, I try to spend as much time outside as possible – hiking, camping, etc. I love music, going to concerts, and already miss my college radio station. Ever since returning from studying in Italy, I have been known to spend time tracking down good aranchini.


Erin Penn, Education & Programs

Erin Penn, Education & Programs

Hi! My name is Erin and I’m from Baltimore, MD. During the school year, you can find me in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with horse and buggy’s.  There, I am studying Art History and Religious Studies. When I’m not in class or studying in the library, I love watching the latest romantic comedy on Netflix, keeping up with celebrity gossip, and capitalizing on the student discount at Good Life Ice Cream.

I am so excited to be interning this summer at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Here, I look forward to experiencing the behind the scene aspects of a museum. I am very interested in museum operations and am considering working in a museum as a career. I especially am excited to help plan the events and work with the schools through the education department.


Sara Philippe, Education & Programs

Sara Philippe, Education & Programs

My name is Sara Philippe and I am a summer 2017 Education Intern at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. I’ve lived in the Baltimore area my whole life and graduated from the Park School of Baltimore in 2015. I am a rising junior at Wesleyan University where I’m majoring in History and Romance Languages. I love learning languages and recently began to learning Italian and Arabic. I love to travel, explore new places, and eat good food. I’m really passionate about all different kinds of history and love to read and write about it, as well as teach and share it with others.

A photo I took today as I observed my first student tour of the museum and synagogues!

A photo I took today as I observed my first student tour of the museum and synagogues!

I have always loved teaching and working with students, but I have never worked in a museum before, so I decided working in a museum in any capacity would be an important experience for me because of my interest in pursuing a history-related career. I have always deeply valued the work that museums do in providing the public with access to valuable information and preserving history that could otherwise be forgotten. The history of Baltimore and its Jewish community is also especially interesting to me as someone who is a descendant of Jewish immigrants to Baltimore, so I look forward to the opportunity to engage with this history further. This summer, I am excited about gaining an understanding about some of the work that goes into museums in general, as well as engaging with people outside of the museum through tours and other educational programs. I can’t wait to being of as much service as possible to the museum staff and to getting to know the other interns!


Amy Swartz, Collections

Amy Swartz, Collections

My name is Amy Swartz and I am a Collections intern at the Jewish Museum of Maryland this summer. I am from Reading, Pennsylvania and am going into my senior year at Loyola University Maryland. At Loyola I major in History and double minor in Art History and Political Science.

My ultimate goal is to become a museum curator or director. This goal has led me to intern at a few great museums. My first internship was at my city’s archive library, where I became familiar with archiving and filing documents. My second internship was at Baltimore’s very own Evergreen Museum, where I made room guides, documenting all of the artifacts in the museum. This summer I found my way here, at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. I want to learn more about the museum field and I am so excited to begin learning about working with artifacts and collections this summer.

Checking out the interactives in "Voices of Lombard Street"!

Checking out the interactives in “Voices of Lombard Street”!

Some fun facts about me: I love to sing and have been doing so since I was a child. I am in Loyola’s all-female a cappella group – the Loyola Belles – so if you are ever in the Baltimore area, you should see our great show each semester! I also love theater and have been in shows since 5th grade so when I’m not spending my money on food (yes I am a foodie) I’m saving up to see Broadway shows. I also just finished a semester abroad in Copenhagen!


 

Stay tuned for more missives from the interns – every Thursday they’ll be sharing their responses to a vareity of prompts. In addition, each intern will share two individual blog posts over the next 10 weeks – follow the tag “interns” to keep up-to-date with all their goings-ons!

 

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Introducing Our 2016 Summer Interns!

Posted on June 9th, 2016 by

We are so pleased to welcome this summer’s Interns to the Museum! This cohort has spent their week learning about the Museum and diving into their intern projects. You’ll be hearing from them throughout the summer as they explore the world of Museums and the Jewish Museum of Maryland in particular. Below they have kindly introduced themselves in their own words.


Who Am I?

My name is Rachel Morin and I am an Education Intern at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. I grew up in Owings Mills, MD, but I moved to Philadelphia when I was 18 to study at Temple University. I double major in Visual Studies and Advertising and, no, I could not tell you what I want to be when I grow up yet, but I am slowly learning that not knowing is “okay”.  That is why I am here; in fact, I had no idea that this is what I would end up doing with my summer. I saw an opportunity and applied for the Exhibitions internship position, but somehow got put into the Education group. I am not sure how this occurred, but I decided to go for it anyway, because any experience builds up your knowledge base, and who am I to deny myself that? As you can see, I love to learn, so that is all I really want from this experience. I hope to be able to apply my experiences and new knowledge to future jobs and I am excited to work with programming and learn what goes into the process of creating community-based projects.

(Day 1: Seems promising… )

(Day 1: Seems promising… )

A little about me; I went to George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology where I spent most of my time being trained in the traditional styles of drawing and painting and needless to say it made a big impact. I love to paint surreal imagery and dissect dreams and the human psyche. I am currently trying to transfer my passion to a more digital setting through the practice of Photoshop and Illustrator. Additionally, I love cats, yes really, traveling and tea. I am on my way to becoming a tea connoisseur. Try the Milk Oolong from Capital Teas. You’re welcome.


An official ID

An official ID

I’m Alice Wynd, one of this summer’s exhibitions interns! I am going to be a senior at the University of Rochester, but I grew up in Towson, immersed in Baltimore and Maryland culture. When I’m not writing or reading about history, I love to watch movies, play tabletop games, and listen to Hamilton.

During the past two summers, I worked at an archaeological dig in Bermuda, where I had the opportunity to excavate and catalogue artifacts from as early as the 17th century. While I was working in Bermuda, I had the opportunity to lead public tours and design exhibits for our sites, which showed me the importance of presenting our findings to the public. This sparked my interest in museum work, which brought me to the Jewish Museum of Maryland this summer!

This summer, I hope to learn the basics of curatorial work, from the principles of exhibit design to navigating the museum software, and gain an understanding of the process required to create a new exhibit from scratch. Hopefully, I’ll also get to see some cool artifacts!


Live from Jonestown, It’s Emilia Halvorsen!

I’m Emilia, and as one of the Exhibitions Interns here at the JMM, it seemed only right to make a formal introduction. I was born and raised in Baltimore City, and have really loved my experiences here- there’s always something to do, and there’s something really special about the Baltimore community, which I first began to appreciate after seeing the community come together and mobilize following the Baltimore Uprising. Before College, I attended Friends School from K-12. Now I attend Brown University, where I just finished my freshman year. In my free time I enjoy singing jazz, writing, and neglecting my gym membership. I also have an affinity for big earrings and fresh sushi. When I’m not working at the Jewish Museum, you can find me scooping Baltimore’s best ice cream at the Charmery in Hampden.

A super natural, very candid me making myself at home in my new cubicle.

A super natural, very candid me making myself at home in my new cubicle.

I am super excited to be part of the Jewish Museum team this summer. Museums have been the backdrops of some of my most special childhood memories, moments of awe and appreciation shared between me and my family. I really believe in the value of museums and the mission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland in particular, so I look forward to getting to know more about how museums operate, and to contribute to the behind the scenes work. The exhibitions internship seemed perfect for me, combining my passion for museums with my interest in anthropology. I can already tell it’s going to be a challenging summer, but also a rewarding one. I hope to look back at the end and see that I’ve gained important skills and made strong connections.


Beginning my Time at the JMM

My name is Oscar Cade Simon; I am the digital projects intern at the Jewish Museum of Maryland for the summer of 2016. I am new to the east coast and have lived in northern Baltimore for around five years now. Originally I hail from the Bay area on the west coast.  Currently outside of work I am a sophomore at the University of Maryland Baltimore County with an Animation major. I went to high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts in Mt. Vernon for all four previous years.

Living in Baltimore has been an interesting experience for me, as the Jewish Museum of Maryland demonstrates there is a plethora of history and information contained in every neighborhood of the city. I hope to learn more about the various waves of immigrants that settled in Baltimore and the changing social conditions that facilitated areas to become what they are today. The JMM presents a unique opportunity to combine my knowledge of media arts with history in a professional, interesting and visitor friendly way. This summer I hope to help digitize some of the Museum’s research and work so that it can be accessed on the internet where it is not subject to decay and change, and more importantly can be accessed by anyone. My goal is to ensure a legacy and prominent online presence for the JMM so that everyone can share in the history of Jonestown and the Jewish experience in Baltimore as a whole. I want to be able to gain new skills and insight into the lives of the people that inhabited Baltimore.

Me in my workspace, in front of this very blog post.

Me in my workspace, in front of this very blog post.


Hello, my name is Anna Balfanz. I’m from Baltimore, Maryland and currently studying Anthropology and Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. At the end of April, I found myself staring at my computer screen, half procrastinating for finals and half desperately searching for a summer internship that would

  1. Teach me new skills
  2. Relate to my major
  3. Fill my time – And –
  4. Be something I genuinely enjoyed

I went on to internships.com, a known savior of college students searching for a way to spend their summer productively. After quickly scrolling past a million “marketing” internships, I abruptly stopped when my eyes caught about five different internships for the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

I’ve gone to a Jewish day school for twelve years, thirteen if you count pre-school. Classes such as Hebrew, Bible, and Jewish History alongside Calculus, AP Environmental Science, and English Literature filled up a normal day. Of course, that changed when I entered college. While I felt ready to move away from a heavy focus on Judaics and pursue my own interests, I found myself really missing Judaism. Sukkot would pass during midterm week and I’d end up never stepping foot in a sukkah, or I would find that it was Purim a few hours before I needed to rush to the Megillah reading. I knew I wanted to re-connect to this part of me, but with such a busy schedule, I wasn’t sure how.

Me, Intently searching for the perfect internship

Me, Intently searching for the perfect internship

After reading a brief description, I quickly knew that an Education and Program Internship at JMM could not only hit all of my bullet points but also solve this problem. This summer, I’m excited to learn tangible skills such as leading tour guides, writing educational programs for museums, putting together exhibits, and promoting a museum. I also hope that I learn to think about museums from a different perspective, form close relationships with the other interns, and don’t feel too exhausted after spending ten weeks alternating between this and volunteering at the SPCA (I found a way to fill my summer!). All in all, I’m incredibly excited for the chance to work in this museum. It connects me back to Judaism, gives me practical experience working with the museum-side of anthropology, and provides me with a warm, welcoming environmental in which to spend my time. Let’s get started! 


Typing errors corrected below!

Typing errors corrected below!

Hello! My name is David Roth Agronin, and I hail from Owings Mills, MD. I am a twenty one year old male and an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where I study philosophy and specialized in ethics and metaphysics.

I decided to intern at the Jewish Museum because I want to gain experience working at a non-profit, because I one day wish to go into law with regard to non-profits and/or non-governmental organizations. I also think that the Jewish Museum, because of its history and the history of the Jewish people has a lot to do with overcoming oppression and striving for social justice, which is something I am passionate about and which I think is a major problem in our society today. The Jewish Museum is a logical jumping off point for me to start a career aimed at improving social justice, especially within the city of Baltimore.

This summer I am also working at a Thai restaurant as a line cook and am hoping to use both of these opportunities to gain experience and a more intimate knowledge of my hometown, Baltimore.

Sincerely,

David Roth Agronin

Education Intern

Esquire

P.S. I am thoroughly enjoying using this typewriter and would like to inquire as to its price for potential purchase.


Ben

Ben

Hello! My name is Ben Snyder, I am a rising senior at Towson University where I study Secondary Education with a focus in History. I have lived in Baltimore my entire life and I attended Beth El Synagogue. I graduated from Pikesville High in 2013 where I took Multimedia classes and was the Cross Country team Captain.

I decided to intern at the museum to improve my knowledge and expertise in history. I am very much looking forward to working with the JMM staff as well as the other interns.


Gina’s First Week

Posing at the Museum's entrance gates

Posing at the Museum’s entrance gates

Hi, I’m Gina Crosby, one of the newest Collections interns here at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  I’m originally from Rochester, NY, but am currently a senior studying history and museums at Johns Hopkins University here in Baltimore, MD.  Recently, I studied abroad-four whole months!- in Morocco to practice my Arabic language skills and experience a new culture.  I loved every second of traveling and living internationally, and being able to truly immerse myself in a whole different way of life.

This summer, I’m excited to be working in the Collections Department at the JMM.  I’ve been interested in and studying museums for several years now at Hopkins, because I believe that museums are a great way to combine community outreach and historical research, two things I’m very passionate about.  I chose to work within Collections because I love being so hands-on with history, both by working with artifacts as well as through the collecting process.  I’m seriously considering a future career in museums, and I’m hoping that this summer will not only give me valuable experience in the museums field but also give me insight into my future career path.  I’m looking forward to a great summer of learning and collecting!


It's official!

It’s official!

My name is Becky and I am the current Public History Intern at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. I am a rising senior History Major at Salisbury University, but will be studying abroad at Stirling University in Scotland this fall. I love to travel both internationally and within the United States. In fact during the winter of my sophomore year, I spent three weeks in Rome attending a theatre class and enjoyed every minute. At the end of the summer I have the opportunity to spend a week in Alaska with my family. I am always ready to go somewhere new and exciting.

This opportunity at the Jewish Museum of Maryland is a wonderful chance for me to explore museum work. As the Public History Intern, I will be working with others to document the history of the lives of the Jewish population. I enjoy connecting with others and am excited to listen to their stories. Through this internship, I hope to gain increased knowledge of the inner workings of the museum and grow to understand what it means to be a museum professional.


Greetings From Tamara Schlossenberg

Tamara

Tamara

Hello. I am a recent graduate from Hood College with a bachelor’s in Archaeology and a minor in French. Currently I reside in Owings Mills, but grew up in Reisterstown just to the North West, where I am still very active in the local community. I currently am assisting my mom with the preparations for the Reisterstown farmers market. On my weekends I reenact the Civil War and participate in living histories telling about Maryland’s role in the War Between the States. In October I’m going to be relocating to Denver, CO for ten months for a position with AmeriCorps to do various community service projects.

I have had a lifelong passion for history and material culture, so working in a museum is a great way to work with both of those. I did an internship at the National Civil War Medicine Museum in Frederick, MD this past spring and loved it. I have wanted to intern at some of the museums in Baltimore for a while now as we have so many great museums and I just really enjoy being Downtown.  As much as I enjoy doing archaeological fieldwork, museum work gives me and opportunity to present history to the public and share my interests. Through this summer I hope to gain additional museum experience and gain an idea of what I want to major in graduate school.

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Introducing the “Adventurous Eight!”

Posted on June 4th, 2010 by

The Adventurous Eight!

This week we welcomed our new summer interns to the museum. Between Education, Collections and Exhibitions we are hosting 8 interns this summer – they make quite a crowd!

Exhibition interns Rachel Ellis and Julie Bertling will be working on the Chosen Food exhibition. They will be researching potential objects, listening to oral histories, and searching for interesting Jewish food events across the country.

Rachel began her summer internship this week with two days of orientation then an introduction to the Chosen Food exhibition project with Karen Falk. Her first experience in museum work, Rachel found the Collections room most fascinating, while learning how to handle objects was trickier than she anticipated.

Julie was away at a wedding for the second half of the week, so we’ll have to find out what she liked best next week!

Photo Collection intern Rachael Gilman will be working on the photography collection – scanning and cataloging photographs as well as inventorying the negative collection, digitizing oral histories and transcripts, and re-organizing the oversize photographs.

Rachael learned a lot about Baltimore Jewish History. Rachael also learned how to scan photographs; a skill that she will be using almost every day this summer as a photo intern. Her favorite thing was learning how to use Past Perfect software. She also really enjoyed meeting everyone on staff.

 

Collections intern Sara Patenaude-Schuster will be processing the new collections that come in this summer and photographing the 3D collections. In addition, Sara will be reviewing the AV collection and cataloguing them properly and digitizing the oral history collection.

 

This week, Sara learned an overwhelming amount of information in 3 days of orientation activities. She is very excited to put her new skills to work as Jobi’s Collections Intern. Her favorite part of orientation was handling objects!

 

Archival interns Brittney Baltimore and Kristin Davidson will be processing large portions of the Baltimore Hebrew University Archives. They will be responsible for basic preservation (removing staples and paperclips and placing documents in acid free folders and boxes), organizing the papers, and writing finding aids for each portion.

Brittney enjoyed her first week at the JMM. She participated in informative Past Perfect and Handling Training workshops. Her favorite part of orientation week was meeting the helpful staff and fellow friendly interns. She is very excited to travel to the Hava NaGrilla Kosher BBQ festival this weekend on assignment to interview festival goers for the Chosen Food exhibit.

Kristin Davidson participated in three days of orientation with her fellow interns. She also began scanning photographs from the Baltimore Hebrew University Collection. She enjoyed seeing the 1960s style hair and dress in the class photographs. The most useful thing she learned was how to use Past Perfect. Her favorite thing that she got to do this week was during the Object Handling workshop. She got to handle a beautifully painted porcelain Napoleanic tea set.

 

Education and Program interns Julia Mazur and Lindsay Waskow will be providing much needed assistance on several educational initiatives such as developing programs for our SuperKids campers and helping with arrangements for our upcoming Summer Teachers Institute. In addition, they will help research a documentary project focusing on Baltimore-area synagogues for our fall 50th birthday celebration.

 

Julia Mazur’s favorite part of her first week was going to Patterson Park High School and listening to ESOL students tell their stories about immigrating the Unites States. She especially enjoyed the pizza lunch.

Lindsay’s favorite part of her first week was going toPattersonHigh Schooland listening to the five ESOL students each tell their own unique stories about their immigration experiences to theUnited States.She very much liked hearing the comments from the audience and how touched everyone seemed to be that these students were able to narrate their stories in English, which is not their native language.

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