UAM Summer Internship 2017: Wrapping up the 2017 Internship

Jean Middleton - 12 October 2017

Jean standing outside of a stone building on a stone street
Jean Middleton standing outside of King's Museum in Scotland

Now that I’ve had a couple of weeks to get started on my Masters of Letters in Museum Studies in Scotland at the University of Aberdeen, I thought it was time to wrap up my contribution to this blog. I can’t believe it has been over a month since the last day of my internship with the University of Alberta Museums and I am still amazed at how much I fit into those four months! From making a graphic for the expansion of the University of Alberta Palaeontology Museum to cleaning bird droppings off sculptures with Q-Tips, my experiences were certainly diverse. I’m happy to have been able to share some of the highlights on this blog, but there was so much I wasn’t able to write about.

It seems like my University classes have just begun, but I’ve been busy getting to know the museums and collections at the University of Aberdeen and all over Scotland! In my classes, I’ve been learning all about museum theory and practice and have had many opportunities to reflect back on my experiences at the University of Alberta Museums. I was able to put my care and handling training to use while working on assignments based on objects in the collection. I’m already looking forward to next semester when I’ll be able to apply what I learned while helping with the Dentistry exhibition at the University of Alberta, to working with my new classmates to plan our own exhibition at the King’s Museum at the University of Aberdeen.

I’d like to thank everyone at the University of Alberta Museums for an incredible summer!