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Katie Coffin - 7/20/2016

The goal of Indiana INTERNnet’s summer intern events is to provide an opportunity for community engagement and professional growth.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis event on June 14 began with a professional development session in which staff throughout different departments spoke about their careers, providing a sense of the many different types of jobs that exist in a museum setting.

Interns were invited to explore the museum’s exhibits, including Dinosphere, Pirates and Princesses: Storybook Adventures and Power of Children. They also took a behind-the-scenes look at a Lilly Theater rehearsal and the museum’s extensive collections.

Here’s what a few of our attendees had to say:

“I enjoyed getting to talk with the different employees from different departments about what they do. I also liked being able to go into the archive and see all the artifacts that weren’t on display in the museum and that I may never have gotten to see otherwise.”

“I loved getting to see behind the scenes in the collections as well as having the ability to look through all of the exhibits! Additionally, I really liked how several different people came around to each table to speak with the interns. I enjoyed hearing how their degrees gave them a jumping point, and then they turned their career into something that worked for who they were as a person.”

“Having a place where I could feel comfortable and have a fun, enjoyable time all while networking was probably my most enjoyable aspect. I also loved the collections tour.”

Interns explored the Indianapolis Zoo on July 14 during a scavenger hunt and participated in “animal chats” with zoologists. Following professional development and networking, everyone was invited to enjoy the Animals and All That Jazz concert after the zoo closed.

Talent retention is at the core of Indiana INTERNnet’s mission, and a feeling of community connectedness is a significant factor in a young professional’s decision regarding where he or she lives and works.

“To complement the real-world experience interns gain on the job, these engagement events provide an opportunity for them to build relationships through networking and develop community pride,” emphasizes executive director Janet Boston. “We are so happy with the positive response we’ve received from The Children’s Museum and Indianapolis Zoo events, and we look forward to the Indiana State Fair.”