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Day 4 of my week at We the Humanities was all about my future — I mean it was all about internships and professional development within the museum sector.  I’m a student, I’ve been an intern, I will be an intern again!  How can museums foster a new generation of museum workers through education programs, work placements, and PAID internships?  (The notion of getting money for what I’ve spent 6 years in school studying is important to me)  What opportunities exist already, and what needs to be created?  Is it different in Canada than in other parts of the world?  Perhaps of all the days I had planned during the week, this one was most important to me and the one I hoped would spark the most debates and sharing of resources.

aggv-logoThis was also the second of the “sponsored” days.  The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, both the location of my second Co-op placement and where I work as a casual event host now, graciously supported my week as curator of We the Humanities by supplying four lovely Emily Carr gift cards.  I asked people to share what their favourite artist was and had some great responses back.  Congrats to Anabelle Castaño who won the prize!  Her suggestion was Charles Frederick Goldie.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for some highlights about the AGGV.

We even had two suggestions for Eyvind Earle!

Some resources about internships which got passed back and forth during the day:

  • I recently found Adopt an Intern on Twitter, a great organization helping Scottish students and businesses to arrange and conduct paid internships and work placements.  I really value their catchphrase and motto: #TalentnotTea!

One topic of conversation was the battle between unpaid and paid internships.  We covered a few sides of the argument, but most people (myself included) were more in favour of paid internships for students and felt unpaid limited growth possibilities and was taking advantage of young workers.  Some links we shared included:

Speaking of volunteering, my good friend Justine Drummond wrote an article about a project I worked on at the Royal BC Museum: “Creativity Comes Alive at the Royal BC Museum.”  It led to further discussion and great links with the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Some highlights from my previous co-op/internship placements:

Glad to see others have had great internships (through UVic as well):

And finally, highlights from a visit to the AGGV:

I love working at this gallery, the AGGV is a great place and does some amazing work.  Thanks everyone for supporting We the Humanities!