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.
I’m really excited to be interning at JMM this summer! As a freshman, I was pretty unsure as to what I should study. Hopkins offers a Museums minor, and my friends (and my mom) thought that I’d love a class or two in the department. During my soph-omore fall, I realized I love the subject. But I want more than just classes: I want to have real experience in a real museum. That’s where JMM comes in, and I can’t wait to work on projects here!
I am extremely excited to be interning at the Jewish Museum of Maryland this summer for a few reasons. The first is that my field of study and passion are both related to the mission of the JMM, which is all about preserving history and Jewish education, and the exhibits that are displayed at the museum. I find it fascinating to be able to walk through years of history and to learn about, not just the Holocaust, but also unique stories like that of Hedy and Paul Strnad.
This will not be my first experience interning at a Jewish organization, but it will be my first experience interning at a museum. I am very interested to learn about the intricacies and workings of the museum and how each department contributes to its functioning. As an undergraduate student who will soon be graduating, my interest is always peaked by learning opportunities and potential career paths.
Outside of school and work, I tend to fill my time with various creative activities. I sew, write, dance and story tell regularly. I go to comic conventions with my roommates, most of the time partaking in panels (even running some), dressing up and holding photoshoots.
While looking for collection internships I found JMM. My other internships had been in DC and in Chestertown, so I’ve never really looked at Baltimore before. But I did find the position at JMM and I was quick to apply, as it was exactly what I wanted to do. As I wasn’t familiar was the museum, I started to look into programs at JMM, current exhibits and exploring the website. I was immediately interested in the exhibits at JMM; I love historical fashion, my roommate and I often creating historical replicas of the various fashion trends of different times. I also saw how they had an extensive and wide variety of artifacts, manuscripts, books, and photographs in their collections – Which I found very interesting.
I wanted to intern at a museum because I have always loved museums. I love the feeling that I get stepping into a room filled with history and historical knowledge. Museums serve a very important role in public education, which is something that I am very passionate about. I am also specifically interested in Jewish history, and I think that it is extremely important, especially in our time, to remember the past so that we can learn and grow from it. I think that it is essential for this knowledge to be publicly available for everyone to engage with.