As my time in Chicago winds down, I can honestly say that I have no regrets about how I spent my summer. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and took on a demanding internship 1. in a natural history museum, 2. in an exhibits department, and 3. working on evaluation. If you could have told me a year ago that I would be pursuing all three of those challenges in the same summer, I would have thought that you were crazy! And yet, as I prepare to leave the city and head back to school to finish my masters, I know that I will return to Cooperstown refreshed, reinvigorated, and ready to make career decisions when the time comes.
At the Field Museum, I’ve learned more about what type of environments I succeed in the most. I’ve learned that flexibility is the key and that if you don’t ask questions then you won’t get the answers. Managing other interns and balancing my time between two departments allowed me to get a better idea of where my talents lie. Where is that, Cate?! People. My talents lie in my ability to work with people. Whether that’s casually chatting with visitors, teaching fellow interns, answering questions, giving interviews, or leading story time – I LOVE to work with people. I thrive on human interaction. I need to work with a team. I need to work with the public. I need to work with people.
Most importantly, this summer I used my time wisely! Nine weeks and nine museums visited! Including…
- The Field Museum of Natural History (yes, I’m counting it!)
- The Adler Planetarium
- The Shedd Aquarium
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- The Morton Arboretum
- The Oriental Institute and Museum
- The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
- The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI)
- The DuSable Museum of African American History
Here are a few photo highlights from my time in Hyde Park at the DuSable and the MSI today!