Intern Feature: Development and Media Intern
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work in the Muscarelle Museum, then today is your lucky day. I am the Development and Media Intern and the newest intern to join the ranks of the Museum Staff! There are six of us in total; three recent William and Mary graduates, two Juniors, and me, a rising Sophomore.
On a typical day, I show up to the DEN (which stands for Development, Education, and New Media) office at the crack of 9 a.m. I have my very own computer in front of the designated Quote Wall, which highlights pieces of wisdom such as “The most important thing is to be yourself. Unless you can be batman. Always be batman.” With inspiration like that, it’s hard not to be productive. As the Development and Media Intern, I am in charge of all things related to marketing and advertising, though sometimes I get other random assignments like designing a website or helping the President’s Office move. Most of my work is done on Microsoft Excel, and my current assignment is to document all of the media outlets in Virginia and the surrounding states. I’ll work for a few hours before taking an hour off for lunch, which is usually when I try to cook things and fail miserably. After lunch, I either go back to working on my assignments, or attend meetings with my boss and fellow interns until it is time to go home.
Working at the Muscarelle is certainly no walk in the park, but it is definitely a lot of fun. My bosses, Amy and Christina, go out of their way to make sure that we are well-fed, educated, and employable after graduation. Last month they threw us an ice-cream sundae party, complete with 20 different toppings and 5 flavors of ice cream (apparently Food Lion was having a sale—buy 2 get 3 free). We’ve had pizza parties, visits to the career center, field trips to the Brafferton, and next week is our end of summer cookout.
I am absolutely sad that the summer is ending and half of the interns are departing for the real world. The Museum has been great to all of us. Of course, I hope to keep working here until I graduate in 2015, but nothing can compare to that first summer, when you show up terrified on your first day and leave realizing you had nothing to fear at all.
Written by Skyler Paltell, Development and Media Intern