When I graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2007 with a degree in Art History, there was no doubt in my mind that one day I would work in an art museum. Art has always been extremely important to me; It is engrained in my character. However, I did not realize the skills that were required for such a career and I was unprepared to fill such a role.
Six years later, I began pursuing my Master’s degree in International Public Relations with the goal to utilize this education to obtain my dream of working for an art museum. Once I learned that an internship was required as part of the program, I knew it was my chance to gain hands on experience in my desired field. I contacted the Michener Art Museum and was beyond excited when I was accepted as the New Media Intern for the summer of 2014.
I had no idea what to expect when I began interning at the Michener. However, I quickly realized the importance and fast paced nature of working in the social media department. Connecting with members and visitors on a regular basis is critical in the museum’s social media success. By strategizing with my supervisor and utilizing various social media platforms, I have gained a great deal of knowledge in generating content and communicating with the community.
Writing weekly blog posts for the museum’s blog has also been a beneficial experience from my internship. I love to write and enjoy engaging with others on a public platform. By researching various artists and their work, and sharing their stories with others, kindles my love of art and history.
Lastly, my close interaction with works of art has been one of my favorite aspects of the internship experience. On my first day, two Tobin sculptures were installed and I was able to be a part of the event. Since then, I have witnessed several other sculpture installations, but the novelty has never faded away. I love being in such close proximity to art, in all of its various forms and functions, and am grateful for these experiences.
Interning at the Michener has solidified my love and desire for working in an art setting. I am grateful for the opportunity the Michener Art Museum has bestowed upon me and cannot wait to continue my journey in the art community. This internship has truly been one of the best experiences of my life.
-Caitlin McGrother, Michener Art Museum Intern