Eiteljorg Insider | A Learning Experience
By: Staci Seber, marketing and communications intern
My time at the Eiteljorg Museum has officially come to an end. It’s hard to believe that these past four months have come and gone already. During my time serving as the marketing and communications intern, I have been able to work among some incredible people and teams. I have been part of incredible experiences such as the opening of A Sense of Beauty: Showcasing the Power and Beauty in Native Art and Bringing Friends Together: Contemporary Hopi Carvings from The Eagle, Perelman and Rader Collections. I can’t forget to mention the museum’s 30th Anniversary Celebration and Cowpokes and Cocktails, both wonderful events.
Before beginning my internship at the Eiteljorg, I was a college graduate looking for a full-time position. Graduating from Ball State in just three years, I felt I didn’t have the time to take on an internship while in school. It wasn’t until I was a few months into my job search that I realized how important it was for me to serve as an intern. I needed the real-world experience on my resume that college was unable to give me. I was uncertain about applying to the Eiteljorg, or anywhere really, because I didn’t think anyone would be interested in working with a college graduate.
I’m so thankful that the marketing and communications team gave me a chance and hired me for the spring semester internship. During my time at the museum, I never felt like the “intern.” I had my own responsibilities and projects to work on each week which made me feel that I was contributing to the team. Each minute spent at the museum was an enriching learning experience.
In the first few weeks of the internship, I met with individuals from almost every department at the museum. Every staff member I met with during my orientation was so passionate about their work, and it was nice learning more about what they do, day in, day out. These discussions were not just informing but also comforting. I was worried that I was falling behind in life, but many reassured me that I’m still young and I should embrace that.
As I move forward, I have accepted a full-time position outside the museum and will continue to use the experience I’ve gained from this internship. My time at the Eiteljorg Museum has taught me so much and has truly prepared me for what lies ahead. Though there is both excitement and uncertainty in the road ahead, I know I’m ready to take my next steps into adulthood. I will miss working with such passionate and talented individuals, but I’ll definitely be back to visit!