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Pennsylvania Military Museum
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Chandler Snow

Major: Archaeological Science
Hometown: Military Child

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this enrichment experience because I had previously volunteered at the Pennsylvania Military Museum. I spoke to my adviser, and she told me I should make it an official internship through Penn State.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

While working at the Pennsylvania Military Museum, I have many duties which I am allowed to help with to maintain an organized museum environment. I have learned to accession and catalog artifacts using the state museum database. Online, I have worked to advertise upcoming museum events, and I have assisted with the creation of a new exhibit which will be opening soon.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I have wished to work as a museum technician for almost my entire life, and therefore actually working as a museum technician will help me to better understand how a real museum operates. I believe that this experience has impacted me academically by expanding my applicable skill set in a museum environment. Every day that I spend at the museum, I learn more about history and the proper care of artifacts. This care includes keeping track of where the object is, as well as preventing future physical decay.

Working for various people has taught me what I enjoy doing the most, and this experience continues to expand upon that.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I would like to work as a museum technician, and in that highly competitive field experience is necessary to get a paid position. I have taken advantage of several other opportunities within the field of archaeology to learn more about the collection and preservation of artifacts. I enjoy working within a museum environment very much; working in the field as an archaeologist is a little less fun for me, and I know this because I have experienced working with both. Working for various people has taught me what I enjoy doing the most, and this experience continues to expand upon that.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I think that it is very important to gain experience in a field you are interested in through interning to be sure that it is what you really would like to do for a career. I would recommend that any Liberal Arts student tries to intern with someone relevant to their career.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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