The education team has a new intern this summer. Get to know Jacqueline Hoffman. She has a background in Anthropology, Museum Studies, and Linguistics at Michigan State University.
1. What are your internship duties with the education department at MSUM?
One of my main duties is to create a program for kids with a focus on archaeology. Now, I’ve never done anything like this before, so it is really new and interesting to learn about the process behind the sorts of programs that I have seen and attended when I was younger. I do exhibit checks to make sure everything is in good condition and not messy. Part of that includes collecting visitor’s typewriter responses, which are always fun to look at. I also get to float around the different departments and participate in different activities around the museum, although I haven’t done much of that yet.
2. What do you like best about the MSUM Internship with the education department?
I don’t think I could really pick a single part that I like the best. Every day is different and just as engaging as the last. I do like that I am dealing with a foreign concept, something I have little experience with. If I’m not learning things or creating something, how will I know where my limits are? I won’t know if I am able to do something well until I try it for the first time. Plus, it’s always fun stretching what I do know into something that I don’t.
3. How is the internship in education enhancing your future career goals?
I want to work in a museum someday. Depending on the size, I may not be in the education department, but what I learned here will definitely add to my experiences that I can draw from. Unfortunately, because I have far too many interests, I don’t have a well-defined career goal planned yet, but I have no doubt that this internship will help me see the educational potential of an exhibit or institution anywhere I go.
4. Advice for other students contemplating an internship at MSUM?
Just get out there and try it. Talk to staff members if you want more guidance or direction. Internships are meant to give you experience and allow you to help out at the museum. Make it something that you are interested in and it is sure to be a beneficial experience for everyone.
5. Something fun/quirky about you that no one knows.
I have a fairly decent collection of toy castles and Nancy Drew books.
If you are interested in interning at the MSU Museum, please check out our website for more information.