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The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Photographic History Department intern

Sarah Dansberger ’11 (drawing)

Posted 04.01.11 by MICA communications

Sarah Dansberger '11
Found internship ...

through a History of Photography course at MICA, taught by Shannon Perich, the under associate curator of the collection.

Draw:

I was excited to consider the possibility of working closely with artifacts in the Smithsonian's collection and with the professional curators, researchers, historians, and photographers working at the museum.

Projects:

I was introduced to archival housing and documentation, artifact handling techniques and procedures, and research reports to describe the collection's relevance and importance to the museum.

Experience:

Each day at the museum offered opportunities to learn from fascinating individuals and the histories engrained in the physical objects themselves. Every day at the museum was exciting. I was continuously in contact with a captivating variety of professionals, curators, researchers, photographers, historians, fellows, and other interns. Perich was an inspirational teacher, mentor, scholar, and individual.

Lessons learned:

The National Museum of American History is made up of a professional community of experts in their respective fields. Their standards challenged and inspired me to develop a similar kind of positive work ethic and practice which I could apply to other jobs in the future.