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An Alumna's Testimony: The Benefit of an Internship

Emily Ward ’09 was a mathematics major with a history minor who had no idea what sort of career she wanted. Now, as result of an internship experience through Trinity, she is a full-time employee at the Field Museum in Chicago, assisting with media production for exhibits in-the-works.

During her years at Trinity, Ward worked to invest herself in her education, learning as much as she could in a variety of settings. In addition to taking an intense mathematics curriculum, Ward took advantage of Trinity’s off-campus programs, participating in both the Semester in Nicaragua and the Chicago Semester programs.

“I realized partway through Trinity that I likely wasn’t going to end up in a purely mathematical field, but I knew a degree in mathematics, combined with the other classes I was able to take, would give me a great foundation in almost any discipline I might choose,” said Ward. “If it wasn’t for the Semester in Nicaragua program where I studied video production, I certainly wouldn’t be here. I love working at the museum and I believe that it’s because of Trinity’s off-campus programs, as well as its liberal arts focus, that I ended up where I am.”

Ward obtained her internship at the Field Museum through the Chicago Semester program. The program considered her interests and experience and connected her with the Field Museum. She spent her last semester at the museum, working with the exhibition project managers who oversee the production of all the different parts of a specific exhibition. Her responsibilities ranged from researching artifacts and analyzing surveys to creating presentations and helping manage incoming exhibition proposals.

After her spring internship was completed, the Field Museum invited Ward to stay for a summer internship, working with the media and interactive department. It was this internship that turned into the full-time position she now holds. She now assists with media production, working to create videos for the exhibits. Ward is currently working on several videos and an animation for an exhibition on Mammoths and Mastodons that opens in March, 2010.

“The museum is such an interesting place to be, and I am still excited when I think about the fact that I work here. During my internship I was learning new things each day and still with each new project there is always more to learn,” said Ward. “The people are great, there is always a lot happening, and it is great to be able to work side by side with people from a variety of disciplines.”

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