BY: NATANIA SHERMAN
Welcome back Musings readers, writers and MMSt students! I hope you all had wonderful summer and are ready for all of the exciting adventures that await you in the new academic year. I couldn't think of a better way to start Musings' fall season than to do a final Internship Check-in for the 2016 internship class. This post will be a recap of last Friday's Ignite Presentation Conference which was organized by the talented students on the Ignite Committee to showcase 5 minute talks by MMSt students about the valuable museological lessons that they learned during their 12 week internships.
|Professor Blackburn giving the opening remarks to the Ignite Presentations (Photo: Natania Sherman)|
This year's Ignite talks were organized into the following themes: The Future of the Museum, Collections and Critical Issues, Collections and Records Management, Risk Management, Small Cultural Institutions, Museum Management, Virtual Museums, Critical Issues, Visitor Experience and Engagement, Partnerships and Collaboration, Public Programming and Museum Management. Each group of talks ended with a 5 minute panel discussion to discuss the common museological issues within each group. The biggest takeaway was to see the breadth and range of activities that students undertook during their internships and to be able to compare experiences with my peers.
|We all really mastered the Powerpoint (Source)|
One of the key takeaways from all of the talks was the importance of resilience and versatility when working in non-profits, especially as a student intern who must learn to work with all of the constituents of an organization in an exceptionally short amount of time.
|Internship achievement unlocked, Museum Professional level up! (Source)|