Past Internships — In Their Own Words

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2014

• I had a won­der­ful time work­ing with the Camp­bell House in coop­er­a­tion with the Mis­souri State Archives. I have cre­ated a large, orga­nized, and detailed data­base of court cases involv­ing Robert Camp­bell and other mem­bers of his fam­ily. I have learned a lot about the his­tory of the Camp­bell fam­ily and Robert Campbell’s deal­ings with debt, real estate, reli­gion and busi­ness. I’ve also learned much about the his­tory of the City of St. Louis. This has been a very reward­ing expe­ri­ence. –Tony B.

gabby

Camp­bell House Intern, Fall 2014

• My time at the Camp­bell House has been spent work­ing on the Museum’s National Land­mark nom­i­na­tion … I have also had the oppor­tu­nity to take on other posi­tions at the Museum by giv­ing tours and vol­un­teer­ing at events. This oppor­tu­nity has really helped me decide that I am in the right field and doing the right thing with my edu­ca­tion.” –Gabby B.

• My expe­ri­ence while intern­ing at the Camp­bell House Museum this sum­mer was extremely reward­ing.  Dur­ing the sum­mer I worked on the col­lec­tions inven­tory which allowed me to work with the museum’s exten­sive and unique col­lec­tion while also learn­ing the rich his­tory behind the Camp­bell House.  Work­ing at a non-profit, pri­vate his­toric site also taught me the value of the involve­ment of a pas­sion­ate staff.  From the vol­un­teers, other interns, and the staff, every­one involved at the Camp­bell House were hard­work­ing and pas­sion­ate about pre­serv­ing the his­tory of the home and friendly to work with.  Intern­ing at the Camp­bell House Museum allowed me to not only gain valu­able knowl­edge about work­ing at a museum, but to also have a fun expe­ri­ence with great peo­ple. –Rachel V.

• My expe­ri­ence while intern­ing at the Camp­bell House Museum this sum­mer was extremely reward­ing.  Dur­ing the sum­mer I worked on the col­lec­tions inven­tory which allowed me to work with the museum’s exten­sive and unique col­lec­tion while also learn­ing the rich his­tory behind the Camp­bell House.  Work­ing at a non-profit, pri­vate his­toric site also taught me the value of the involve­ment of a pas­sion­ate staff.  From the vol­un­teers, other interns, and the staff, every­one involved at the Camp­bell House were hard­work­ing and pas­sion­ate about pre­serv­ing the his­tory of the home and friendly to work with.  Intern­ing at the Camp­bell House Museum allowed me to not only gain valu­able knowl­edge about work­ing at a museum, but to also have a fun expe­ri­ence with great peo­ple. –Amanda J.

• Intern­ing at the Camp­bell House Museum for the sum­mer was an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence. I had the oppor­tu­nity to work with lovely peo­ple who are all pas­sion­ate about his­tory and the Museum. This made com­ing to work a blast! For my project I worked with the Vir­tual Cities pro­gram and built a vir­tual model of the Lucas Place neigh­bor­hood. This allowed me to learn more about the his­tory of the neigh­bor­hood and use some of my com­puter sci­ence skills in a museum set­ting, which was exactly what I was look­ing for in an intern­ship. CHM is a beau­ti­ful house with won­der­ful peo­ple and I would highly rec­om­mend an intern­ship there. –Anna G.

Camp­bell House Interns, Sum­mer 2014

2013

Campbell House Interns, Summer 2013

Camp­bell House Interns, Sum­mer 2013

• Intern­ing at the Camp­bell House was a reward­ing way to spend my sum­mer.  I enjoyed engag­ing with St. Louis his­tory, learn­ing Past Per­fect soft­ware, under­stand­ing the inner work­ings of a small pri­vate museum, and con­tribut­ing to the house in a small way.  I feel that work­ing closely with and get­ting to know the museum staff and vol­un­teers was the most valu­able aspect of the expe­ri­ence.  Because this intern­ship pro­gram sparked a pas­sion for the home, I will be stay­ing involved with the home as a docent. — Rachel D.

• I thor­oughly enjoyed my sum­mer intern­ship at Camp­bell House Museum.  As some­one who is new to St. Louis, I dis­cov­ered many valu­ables in the house: a rich his­tory of a promi­nent fam­ily in the fur trade and their gor­geous belong­ings, a stel­lar exam­ple of a metic­u­lously restored his­toric site, and a knowl­edge­able and friendly group of com­mu­nity mem­bers who have incred­i­ble high stan­dards for pre­serv­ing and improv­ing the museum.  As an intern, I was able to gain expe­ri­ence in basic museum skills: giv­ing tours of the home, learn­ing how to inven­tory arti­facts, uti­liz­ing archival soft­ware, and study­ing the family’s cor­re­spon­dence and records to con­duct research.  With­out hes­i­ta­tion, I would rec­om­mend Camp­bell House Museum to stu­dents inter­ested in his­tory, art, preser­va­tion, and edu­ca­tion as well as any­one look­ing to give their time and resources to a wor­thy cause. — Heather W.

2012

• Wow!!  There are so many pos­i­tive things to describe my time at Camp­bell House that it’s hard to find a place to begin.  You will not find a more ded­i­cated group of peo­ple focused on the preser­va­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion of pub­lic his­tory, and the home itself is a national trea­sure, unlike any­thing I’d had the oppor­tu­nity to expe­ri­ence pre­vi­ously.  A trade­mark of my year at Camp­bell House was the amount of hands-on, down and dirty work that I was given the oppor­tu­nity to do with arti­facts and doc­u­ments, from preser­va­tion pro­ce­dures to the design and imple­men­ta­tion of exhibits.  CHM also pro­vided me with valu­able expe­ri­ence in Past­Per­fect museum soft­ware.  I would highly rec­om­mend an intern­ship or vol­un­teer expe­ri­ence with the Camp­bell House Museum to any­one plan­ning a future work­ing in archives or muse­ums, it is time well spent in a mag­nif­i­cent home with the best staff around. –Sam M.

Campbell House Intern, Fall/Spring 2012

Camp­bell House Intern, Fall/Spring 2012

• My time at the Camp­bell House Museum has been an absolutely amaz­ing expe­ri­ence. I was able to con­tinue to develop my skills as a stu­dent of museum stud­ies while work­ing with a close-knit, ded­i­cated group of staff and vol­un­teers. In addi­tion work­ing with actual Camp­bell fam­ily arti­facts, I was also allowed to work with let­ters and pho­tographs from the archive. This dual expo­sure helped me to under­stand what being a historian/museum pro­fes­sional is really about. The Camp­bell House has given me more oppor­tu­ni­ties than I ever imag­ined and has pro­vided me with a solid base on which to begin my museum career. I am truly grate­ful for my time there. –Lind­sey D.

• I had a won­der­ful sum­mer intern­ing at the Camp­bell House Museum. I loved learn­ing about the Camp­bell fam­ily and their house, and shar­ing that his­tory with vis­i­tors on tours. Because I was inter­ested in learn­ing more about the family’s reli­gious his­tory, I spent the sum­mer research­ing and piec­ing together a time­line on that topic. I had so much fun! I also really enjoyed get­ting to know every­one who works at the museum – the staff, the docents, and the other interns. I’m so grate­ful for my expe­ri­ence at the Camp­bell House! –Syd­ney S.

• My intern­ship this sum­mer at Camp­bell House Museum was a truly won­der­ful expe­ri­ence. One ben­e­fit of intern­ing at a smaller museum was that I got an under­stand­ing of how a museum is run in a lot of dif­fer­ent aspects. Camp­bell House Museum itself is such an incred­i­ble his­tor­i­cal resource, and the staff were amaz­ingly friendly and always excited to help me with what­ever I was work­ing on! –Kather­ine N.

2011

• My intern­ship at Camp­bell House Museum this sum­mer was very reward­ing! I learned so much about run­ning a museum and all the tasks that a museum direc­tor takes on. I have gained expe­ri­ences that I’m sure will be invalu­able in my future. Intern­ing at Camp­bell House opens a door to the past that any­one would love. Every time I come into the museum, I become a part of his­tory and I couldn’t ask for any­thing more. I feel as though I know the fam­ily and I am proud to say that I have been able to share their story with any­one who is inter­ested. Work­ing on the ser­vant exhibit really enabled me to do some orig­i­nal research. I was able to work with the museum staff to put together a project that will help every­one who comes through the museum to under­stand not only what it may have been like to live in this house, but also what it may have been like to work here. I have never been more excited to con­tinue on my path towards run­ning my own museum one day. –Erin V.

Campbell House Interns, Summer 2011

Camp­bell House Interns, Sum­mer 2011

• My work as an intern at the Camp­bell House Museum was an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence that will help me in the future. This intern­ship pro­vided me with an active, hands on role in the museum. I have learned so much about the run­ning of a museum and the amount of detail that goes into the research for each exhibit. Learn­ing from the other interns and employ­ees added another ele­ment to my intern­ship, as every per­son at the Camp­bell House has a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and spe­cial­iza­tion to add to my knowl­edge. I was able to also work with the past per­fect soft­ware and cre­ate my own cat­a­logs of the museum arti­facts. I felt like an inte­gral part in the run­ning of the museum because the vari­ety of work I was allowed to par­tic­i­pate in cre­ated a diverse and well-rounded expe­ri­ence. I hope to con­tinue work­ing with the museum and to stay updated on all the new research being done, as I feel invested in the Camp­bell his­tory. Over­all, I had a won­der­ful intern­ship at the Camp­bell House Museum and would rec­om­mend this intern­ship to any­one who is inter­ested in his­tory and wants to have an active and diverse intern­ship expe­ri­ence. Thanks again to every­one at the Camp­bell House! –Maya F.

• I had the priv­i­lege of being an intern at the Camp­bell House at two dif­fer­ent stages in my career.  The year before I went to grad­u­ate school (2007–2008) I came into the Camp­bell House as an intern who had never worked or vol­un­teered in a museum set­ting.  The first intern­ship gave me the oppor­tu­nity to get my feet wet and see what I liked and what I did not like; my first expe­ri­ences involved archives and col­lec­tions man­age­ment.  The staff was friendly and more than will­ing to share their knowl­edge of the museum.  They were so fan­tas­tic that in July 2010, I came back to intern at the Camp­bell House Museum.  This time I came with a Master’s degree in Museum Stud­ies and was ready to put into prac­tice what I had learned.  I felt more con­fi­dent in my abil­ity to man­age the projects I was given, such as plan­ning and run­ning a project involv­ing the Camp­bell House and Saint Louis Uni­ver­sity stu­dents.  Along with the SLU project I was involved in doing research for the 150th anniver­sary of the Civil War to plan­ning and cre­at­ing an exhi­bi­tion.  My expe­ri­ences and what I learned from my time at the Camp­bell House are invalu­able. –Karen M.

• My intern­ship at the Camp­bell House was the most reward­ing and edu­ca­tional intern­ship I have had. Dur­ing my ten months at the house, I updated the archival records in Past­Per­fect, tran­scribed let­ters writ­ten to a Camp­bell busi­ness asso­ciate, and assisted in the cre­ation of the sum­mer 2011 fab­ric exhibit. This hands-on expe­ri­ence was a great way to learn about what it is like to work in a small museum. I have never before worked with a group of such intel­li­gent, ded­i­cated and inter­est­ing peo­ple. I really enjoyed every minute I spent in the house. My time at the Camp­bell House inspired me to apply to Museum Stud­ies Mas­ters pro­grams in the hope that I will one day work at a house museum. I would highly rec­om­mend this intern­ship to any per­son inter­ested in his­tory, his­tor­i­cal houses or just museum stud­ies in gen­eral. –Amanda W.

2010

• The Camp­bell House Museum has been, by far, the most reward­ing learn­ing expe­ri­ence I have had out­side of my class­room expe­ri­ence.  As an His­toric Preser­va­tion stu­dent, I have seen and vis­ited many house muse­ums. The Camp­bell House is by far one of the best pre­served and most authen­tic house muse­ums I have ever expe­ri­enced.  If that is not enough, work­ing at the museum you quickly learn to love the Camp­bell Fam­ily and to respect their legacy and home.  The Camp­bell Fam­ily wit­nessed and was a part of many great moments in North Amer­i­can his­tory.  They were friends and acquain­tances with count­less notable peo­ple as well. By intern­ing and vol­un­teer­ing in their home, one can almost begin to see one­self as an acquain­tance of the fam­ily today.  By work­ing here, one cer­tainly becomes part of their legacy.  Once you know the fam­ily, they cer­tainly never leave you.  I can def­i­nitely see myself work­ing here or at least remain­ing involved in this museum for the rest of my life! –Vir­ginia S.

Campbell House Interns, Summer 2010

Camp­bell House Interns, Sum­mer 2010

• Work­ing as an intern for the Camp­bell House Museum was a fan­tas­tic, hands on expe­ri­ence. As an under­grad­u­ate inter­ested in the field of museum stud­ies I was able to learn what it is like to work for a small staffed museum. Hands on is not an exag­ger­a­tion as I lit­er­ally touched every item on dis­play in the museum while learn­ing more about inven­tory, cat­a­loging, and using past per­fect com­puter soft­ware. The staff was friendly and will­ing to make time to indi­vid­u­ally help me learn.  I would rec­om­mend an intern­ship at the Camp­bell House to any stu­dent look­ing for real work expe­ri­ence that they can apply to a career. –Danielle G.

• Spend­ing the sum­mer as an intern at the Camp­bell House Museum was extremely enlight­en­ing. While my main project was revamp­ing and cre­at­ing find­ing aides for the museum’s archives, I was included in sev­eral of the other daily aspects of the house; I assisted with the col­lec­tion inven­tory, answered phones, helped with large vis­i­tor groups and gave tours, just to name a few. But, I must say, that the most impres­sive thing about CHM was the ded­i­cated staff and vol­un­teers.  Never have a met a more friendly and lively group.  As a grad­u­ate stu­dent in a museum stud­ies pro­gram, I was excited to be able to be a part of an insti­tu­tion whose vol­un­teers were so involved in the research and his­tory of the Camp­bells and whose staff allowed me to expe­ri­ence so many aspects of the museum. –Jes­sica K.

• Giv­ing tours at the Camp­bell House Museum helped me learn about the fam­ily and St. Louis, which was fas­ci­nat­ing.  Telling it to oth­ers dur­ing tours helped cement the infor­ma­tion into my mind and bet­ter taught me how to men­tally orga­nize and present infor­ma­tion.  Enter­ing Robert Campbell’s let­ter infor­ma­tion into Excel was tedious but gave me a good idea of the immense amount of work that goes into his­tory muse­ums, his­toric sites, etc.  It is excit­ing to think that there are sources still to be explored and more sto­ries to be told, and I’m glad I could help out with this. –Hay­ley S.

2009

• My two sum­mer intern­ships spent at the Camp­bell House Museum have been reward­ing, edu­ca­tional, and fun.  Hav­ing the oppor­tu­nity to work at a small museum allowed me to par­tic­i­pate in more impor­tant and larger projects that interns might oth­er­wise be able to at larger insti­tu­tions.  Over the last two sum­mers, I have worked on an exhibit to go in the Museum’s spe­cial exhibit spaces, and the entire process was mine to con­cep­tu­al­ize, orga­nize and design.  The diver­sity of jobs and skills that one learns at a small museum will be more ben­e­fi­cial to my future career in that I will have a back­ground in dif­fer­ent ele­ments of museum work.  At the Camp­bell House Museum I was given respon­si­bil­ity and really felt apart of the museum.  My opin­ions were always wanted and con­sid­ered, which really helped to enhance my feel­ing of impor­tance as a mem­ber of the museum’s staff. Sarah H.

Campbell House Interns, Summer 2009

Camp­bell House Interns, Sum­mer 2009

• I really liked my expe­ri­ence as an intern at the Camp­bell House because I was able to work hands-on with the col­lec­tion.  As the col­lec­tions intern, I com­pleted an inven­tory by myself of every piece in the whole house, a task that many muse­ums would not entrust upon their interns.  This was sup­ple­mented by giv­ing tours of the house to vis­i­tors where I could share my knowl­edge of the objects and their his­tory with the guests.  Because of this, I was able to see what it would be like to work in a museum every day and it helped me real­ize that I would like to pur­sue a career work­ing with museum col­lec­tions. –Leslie H.

• Intern­ing at the Camp­bell House museum was an incred­i­bly reward­ing expe­ri­ence. The inti­mate nature of a small museum like the Camp­bell House enabled first hand inter­ac­tion with guests of the museum as well as expe­ri­enc­ing another facet through learn­ing about its busi­ness and mem­ber­ship man­age­ment. A huge bonus of work­ing at a small museum such as this is the expo­sure to the Camp­bell family’s orig­i­nal belong­ings which enlivens their fas­ci­nat­ing story. –Chelsey H.

Campbell House Interns, Summer 2006

Camp­bell House Interns, Sum­mer 2006