Interns get hands-on experience at national museum
Six Bermudian students are receiving hands-on training in every aspect of museum operations through the National Museum of Bermuda’s summer internship programme.
Projects include helping to create a teacher’s research guide on piloting in Bermuda, researching a maritime topic of their choice from the museum’s vast collection and rehousing the museum’s extensive shipwreck and underwater cultural heritage collection.
The interns will also develop their history-writing skills and will submit articles for the museum’s blog, the members’ magazine, MARItimes, and its history and academic journal, the Bermuda Journal of Archaeology and Maritime History.
The interns — Hana Bushara, Yusef Bushara, Jaylen Simons, Dominique Williams, Amani Simons and Samantha Stempel — come from a variety of academic backgrounds ranging from biology to global studies and political science to ancient, medieval and modern history.
Chyna Trott, a former intern who now works at the museum full time as a curatorial assistant, said: “The skills I learnt at the museum elevated my understanding of Bermudian history and the history of the wider Atlantic world.
“The internship was invaluable to provide clarification of my chosen field and allowed me to foster relationships with museum professionals.”
Internship programme manager and museum curator, Deborah Atwood, emphasised the important role that the interns play at the museum.
Dr Atwood said that Bermuda’s cultural heritage “has a bright future with these talented, enthusiastic students”.