For the next three weeks on each Wednesday, current UChicago undergraduate students completing summer internships at the Smart Museum of Art will present alongside their staff mentors about their experiences and how those relate to their studies as well as future career aspirations. Undergraduate students who may be interested in learning about internships and career paths in the museum field are welcome to attend. Students are encouraged to register for each session of interest to them via the Handshake links below and then access the presentation at the relevant time via the Zoom links below.
Summer 2021 Smart Museum Capstone Presentation Schedule
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 | 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Central
Students: Ella Anderson (Art History Major) and Erika Romero (Art History Major), Collections Data & Information Interns
Mentor: Jenna Post, Assistant Registrar
Description: This presentation will explore the ways digital tools and techniques have been utilized by Erika Romero and Ella Anderson in their roles as Collections Data and Information interns at the Smart Museum. In their presentation, they will discuss their college paths and academic interests, as well as how this internship fits into their career goals. In their presentation, Erika and Ella will discuss the digital projects they have been contributing to at the Smart, and the application of these digital tools in future professional positions. They will be joined by Jenna Post, who will share on the impact of Erika and Ella’s work with the Registration department and how it connects with other departments of the museum.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 1:00 PM-1:45 PM Central
Student: Doreen Xiao (Economics & Statistics Major), Development Intern
Mentor: Lisa Abel, Interim Director of Development
Description: In Doreen Xiao’s and Lisa Abel’s presentation on the Smart Museum Development Summer internship, Doreen will speak about her academic interests, career ambitions, and her impetus around work at the Smart in the context of a future in the non-for-profit arena. Doreen will focus on what she enjoyed most this summer and the skills she gained in working on exhibition-related projects (i.e., Toward Common Cause) and stewardship initiatives. Lisa will offer insight into how Doreen’s project work relates to the Museum’s overall Development practice and supports the Smart as a whole.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 | 2:00 PM-2:45 PM Central
Student: Yazud Brito-Milian (Creative Writing & Anthropology Major), Teen Engagement Intern
Mentor: Jason Pallas, Manager of Community Engagement & Arts Learning
Description: In Yazud Brito-Milian’s and Jason Pallas’ presentation, Yazud will explain their college path as well as academic and career interests. They will also explain why they wanted to work at the Smart, how this experience relates to their career goals, and the types of projects they worked on. This summer, Yazud has been intensively supporting the Smart Museum’s teen engagement programs that provide multivalent opportunities for South Side youth to access their lived experience, step into their creative brilliance, and contribute to civic dialogue through artful expression. Both Yazud and Jason will discuss how experience such as that of Yazud at the Smart Museum will be beneficial for future job opportunities.