The education team provides preprofessional internships to MSU students in order to encourage and facilitate their career goals in museum education. Meet one of our current education interns, Jeannie Koeber and check out what she is working on this semester.
1. What are your duties for your internship with education at MSUM?
a. As an intern with the MSUM education team I get to do a variety of things every time I come into work. I’m preparing a teacher kit to be available for teachers to make lessons plans with trips to the museum for enhancing the students’ goals for that grade level. I’m working with the team to create and develop ongoing Virtual Outreach Programs (VOP) to do virtual tours of the museum on an exhibit. I’m working with a docent program specifically designed for adults with dementia. And then I’m also involved in doing tours for random groups (ex. Boy/Cub Scouts) who wish to visit the museum, tour its entirety and then focus on one area in particular.
2. What do you like about the MSUM Internship?
a. I like all of the different facets the education team has to offer. The Teacher Kits, the VOPs, the Docent Tours, the Informal Learning Network, the African and American Museum Professionals Mentoring and Exchange Program, and so many more which I am interested in, but can’t do due to time constraints. Some of these are the Heritage Tourism Resources, the Stained-Glass Window Census, working on traveling exhibits and working on the China-USA-South Africa museum coordination/exchange. It’s amazing!
3. How is the internship in education enhancing your future career goals?
a. My internship is really getting me excited about getting into a museum education department which also teams with the development department to enhance the museum’s scope of involvement with the surrounding community and beyond. It doesn’t hurt that I’m getting to know a lot of people, and have started networking without even completely realizing it.
4. Advice for other students contemplating an internship at MSUM?
a. The hard work is worth the knowledge and hands-on training you receive. There is so much to do in a museum for all career paths that it is difficult to stay centered in just one at times. When I was applying for internships I was excited about learning hands-on. I applied for three and would have been happy anywhere. Yes, I had my choices in order of preference and the MSUM was not number one. However, during the interview, I was impressed by how much the education department wanted to reach out to the local community and beyond with the VOPs and Teacher Kits that I was drawn to it. Now, adding the additional educational experience of working with the ElderHeART Program, I can see the MSUM reaching out to even more people in the community.
5. Something fun/quirky about you that no one knows.
a. Some Africans say if you can’t trace your lineage back ten generations you don’t know who you are. Since I can only trace back to my paternal grandmother and my maternal grandfather, I’m evolving and figuring out who I am without aid from my far reaching back ancestors. I’m hoping that in the generations to come, I will be an inspiration to them.
To learn more about what Jeannie is doing on a weekly basis, please view her internship journal online.