MEET KATELYN SCHOENIKE
My AAA and Smithsonian African Art internship has officially begun! This week has been filled with adventure, new experiences, and a general euphoria that words could never describe.
The first time I visited Washington, D.C. was with my 8th grade class. As we explored what the wonderful city had to offer I declared at that moment that I would return, live downtown, become one of those annoying DC runners, and be in charge of all Smithsonian operations. Today, at my current intern status I still have quite a ways to go before I run the entire Smithsonian institution, but with that being said, this first week has been a dream come true as I crossed multiple items off of my bucket list.
My official title is the Curatorial Intern at the African Art Museum. I am working under Dr. Christine Kreamer, Chief Curator and Deputy Director, on the upcoming Ethiopian Devotional Art exhibition. This first week has been filled with extensive organization, staff meetings, and riveting discussions about the contents and procedure of the following few weeks of my internship and work on the project. At the end of my experience I plan to have gained a general knowledge and understanding of the complex process of putting together an exhibition. I will be assisting along every step of the way including object loans, research, focus groups, and editing the publication that will accompany the exhibition.
As I walk to work from my apartment, provided by AAA on Capitol Hill, to the African Art Museum I can’t help but get lost in the moment. I feel overwhelmingly important as if I am doing something positive and wonderful with my degree from the College of Wooster in Archaeology and Art History. Everyone here has a positive, upbeat, welcoming attitude. However, as empowered as I feel on my way to work I am also incredibly humbled as I realize how much I can learn from the wealth of knowledge and experience of those around me over the next month.
MEET EMILY HAVER
My name is Emily Haver and I am the AAA 2015 intern at the Naval History and Heritage Command, made possible by the kind donations of AAA members.
I was born and raised in Southern Colorado and then moved to Boulder to go to school at the University of Colorado. I majored in Anthropology with a minor in Geology and graduated this past May.
It certainly has been an adjustment working on a military base. After acquainting myself with the yard, its rules and regulations and all that the NHHC does, I started work on little jobs for people around the office; an InDesign chart here, a wreck site report there, with some spreadsheet work thrown in between. It’s been a lot more office-chair work than I expected but research and reporting is half of archaeology is it not? I must admit I am quite anxious to do a little more hands on work in the lab. Most of what I have learned so far has been on my own or through trial and error. I hope that as this internship progresses I will have the opportunity to learn more through relationships with my co-workers.
It is impressive what the Underwater Archaeology branch of NHHC is in fact able to accomplish with their limited resources and lack of funding. My time here will be most eye-opening as to the realities of cultural conservation and create in me a new appreciation for the devotion those scientists and policy workers must have for a cause so often overlooked by others.