Imagine doing a job that has you surrounded on a daily basis by artefacts and hidden treasures. That’s exactly what I did this past summer as an intern at the province’s largest museum, The Manitoba Museum, in the heart of downtown Winnipeg.
The experience provided me with the opportunity to work with and meet some of the amazing people whose passion and skill make the Museum the wonderful place that it is.
Their drive and work ethic was inspiring and I felt privileged to be welcomed to the Museum team with open arms.
One of the main tasks for me and another intern named Jenna, was doing inventory in The Manitoba Museum’s storage room. This is a huge space filled with all sorts of amazing artefacts and hidden treasures.
Our task was checking to make sure each item was in its place listed on the online database, as well as adding extra items we found to the proper section on our list.
Mondays was special at the Museum during my internship because that was the day each week Jenna and I did the inventory, and took a journey into the past.
Looking at all the old-fashioned dresses and garments was exceptionally cool!
My home base for the summer was in the Funds and Development Department of the Museum. Here, I worked on going through the online grant website in order to look for suitable grants the Manitoba Museum could apply for. Then, I scanned previous grant applications and uploaded them to the computer so that they could be filed into the online database.
I was also given the opportunity to attend meetings between representatives of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Membership and Development Coordinator at The Manitoba Museum, regarding membership options at both museums.
I also met with the Corporate Partnerships Manager at The Manitoba Museum, to discuss creating a photo book that I would be making to commemorate The Manitoba Museum’s 2015 Tribute event honouring The Winnipeg Foundation.
This entailed looking through pictures from the event held last spring and choosing the best shots to include in the photo book.
I was excited to work on this commemorative book as it allowed me to be creative while utilizing and expanding upon my previous design knowledge.
My summer internship at The Manitoba Museum was fantastic. It was great to work with passionate and diligent colleagues who do so much behind-the-scenes to ensure the museum continues to thrive.
Sarah Steidl is one of 15 high school students sponsored by the Winnipeg Foundation this summer to work alongside non-profit organizations within the city. To read more stories about the 2015 Summer Internship Program, click here.