Name: Evelyn Yuen
Internship, Co-op, or Research Site: Museum of the Bible
Position Title: Communications Intern
Major or Program: History and Sociology
Current Class Level: Junior
Work Term: Spring 2022
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
As the communications intern, I am responsible for developing "stock" content for social media, press releases, and the museum's magazine. I sort through digitized artifacts and organize lists of artifacts that would be appropriate to post on social media. Interpreting the artifacts and presenting them in plain English is also part of the process. Besides that, I help research best practices and competitors' practices for podcasts and TikTok for internal use.
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
I obtained this position through my last position at the Museum of the Bible as a museum education intern. But originally, I learned about the intern positions at the Museum through Indeed.
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
The people at the museum are amazing and very supportive. I learned a lot from them and their encouragement has given me (a non-major) so much confidence to complete my duties well.
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
My manager and the staffs' appreciation and encouragement are indicators by which I know I did something helpful to the museum. Besides, my manager has given me so much freedom in my duties and allows me to express my opinions. The fact that they value my effort and opinion are clear indicators that my work is making an impact.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
Be confident in your knowledge and skills and be curious all the time. Don't refrain from asking questions due to fear of asking a "stupid question." As a non-major, I did not know technical jargon and the process of establishing a marketing campaign, I learned through asking. Especially since every company and organization has their style of working, not knowing everything is not anathema and asking is not an indication of ignorance. In fact, employers expect constant communication with the intern and are welcoming towards questions.
Please provide a short reflection or quote about what you liked most about your position / earning internship credit / working with the Career Center.
The resources from the practicum have definitely debunked many myths that I held. They have supported me well as I now know what to expect from an internship and how to get the most out of it.
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