Video: Supported by grant funding, English major interns at the Field Museum in Chicago

Author: Todd Boruff

“When you see a guest having a positive experience on an installation that you're studying or maybe you even worked on, it's a really gratifying experience,” said Isabel Weber, an English major in the College of Arts and Letters.

In 2019, Weber was an exhibitions development intern at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Duties included writing text for displays, cataloging artifacts, and collaborating with other developers and interns on exhibit installations. 

Career discernment is a critical aspect of internships for many students, and Weber’s experience was no exception.

“I went into this summer knowing that I wanted to do museum work, not really sure what kind,” she said. “I've really fallen in love with exhibitions development.”

Weber’s internship was supported by funding from the Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program, which is administered by the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development and has supported more than 300 students interning around the world since 2010.

“The funding has enabled me to take this internship by pretty much eliminating the costs that I've had to pay to be part of this program, and I'm so thankful for that,” she said.

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