The staff at the Heritage Center are pleased to welcome Richard Kriebel, a history major at Grove City College as our new summer intern! Rick started working with our curator, Candace Perry, during the month of May and will continue his work through mid August of this year. Rick will periodically be a guest blogger for us throughout this summer. We are thrilled to have him on board with us!
The Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center is an excellent place for an internship. It is not a famous institution, but museums that are big and prestigious have too many volunteers and interns. This means that they will assign interns to relatively narrow projects, which limits the learning experience. Instead of developing curatorial skills, for example, an intern at a large institution might develop skills related to documenting quilts or printing plates, and nothing more. At the same time, the Schwenkfelder Library is not too small. Museums that are too small lack the resources needed to give any kind of realistic experience. This museum has an ideal size: I work on a lot of different things, but I never lack the resources to get it done. All the equipment and information I need are available to me.
I was more impressed by the people here though. The first project they assigned me was to set up my own workspace, shown above. The curator and director helped me set it up. This immediately let me know that I was respected, despite my status as an intern. The staff members are compotent, professional people, but they are all approachable, helpful, and polite. I am grateful to be here.
June 10, 2011