An Artful Summer in Cape Cod

August 11 2017
Category: Academics

As the upcoming solar eclipse approaches, our #SoaringToSuccess continues to shed some light on the internships our students are completing this season. This week features, Samantha Berger '18, an English literature major with an interest in art, who is busy interning at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

Let’s head to the Cape and learn more from Samantha…

Student, Samantha Berger '18 outside the Cape Code Art Museum where she is interning this summer.

It was not until I started working at the George Waters Gallery on campus that I realized how much I enjoy being around artwork. That being said, I wanted to find an internship that could help me further explore the gallery setting.

For the past two months, I have been interning at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. During my time there, I have been working closely with the assistant director of the museum and the registrar in art storage. One of my primary jobs this summer has been to take inventory of the permanent collection and locate the pieces that are out on loan. I have had the opportunity to handle and examine countless pieces of art in a variety of mediums and I have been lucky enough to engage with artists whose work is featured in the galleries of the museum. Because of my experience from the gallery on campus, I have been able to assist in installations by hanging artwork and placing labels.

In addition to my regular jobs, I have also been able to take part in the events hosted by the museum. I volunteered at their Free Fun Friday event where children and families could visit the museum for free, but also take part in the various creative activities stationed around the building. Later this summer, I will assist with their Annual Gala and Art Auction.    

Overall, this internship has helped expose me to the professional art world and has allowed me to understand how a smaller art museum operates every day. Working at the museum has provided me with insight into a potential career path I am considering in the future. Each day I am able to learn more about how the art community and the museum function as a whole.