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Meet the ARCS 2024 Summer Internship Stipend Recipients ARCS Update Vol 9 Issue 13

June 24, 2024 | ARCS News

Meet the ARCS 2024 Summer Internship Stipend Recipients!

We are thrilled to introduce the ARCS 2024 summer internship stipend recipients. ARCS is committed to advocating for paid internships in an industry that remains inaccessible to many, and to that end, is proud to award stipends to those seeking internships in registration and/or collections management. This program also includes an ARCS membership, allowing these emerging museum professionals to continue their professional development. ARCS members will be hearing from the recipients this summer, but in the meantime, please meet our winners!

Andressa Lima Batista

Andressa Lima Batista is a cultural producer and agent. She is currently studying Museology at the Federal University of Bahia, focusing on themes such as city, memory, culture, and cinema. She has professional experience in Cultural Mediation and Museological Documentation. She also works as an art educator, volunteers at TV Pelourinho and is a member of the Kilombola Museology Network, the Museum Educators Network of Bahia, the Pretas na Cena Collective, and the Pixa Mina Collective.

Anna Johnson

Anna Johnson graduated from Purdue University in 2023 with majors in Art History and Professional Writing, and is currently gaining professional experience before pursuing a master’s degree in Material Culture. She will be interning at Purdue Galleries in West Lafayette, Indiana where she will research and organize under-cataloged areas of their collection. This will include learning the intricacies of object handling and storage while writing articles to help present the Purdue Galleries art collection to the student body.

MJ Smith

MJ Smith is from Plaistow, New Hampshire, and just finished her junior year at Wesleyan University, where she is majoring in American Studies with a concentration in violence in history. She also plays the harp and captains the Wesleyan Women’s Basketball team. During her first visit to Alaska as a kid, she found herself enthralled with the Cordova Historical Museum. Ten years later, she is excited to return and join the museum’s staff as the Collections and Exhibits Intern, organizing the collection and utilizing it for exhibit development and program planning. She is enthusiastic about the chance to get her first hands-on museum experience in a town that she cares about and whose history she feels it is important to preserve. In her free time, MJ enjoys reading, listening to the How To Train Your Dragon soundtrack, and attempting to make gluten free pasta taste good.

Dayna Pinsky

Dayna Pinsky (she/her) is a rising junior at DePaul University. She is studying Anthropology with a minor in Museum Studies. She enjoys the variety of anthropology courses she’s been able to take, like Archeological Field Methods, Anthropology and Museums, and Special Topics at the Art Institute, to name a few! Her coursework has immensely helped to prepare her for her new position as a Collections Intern at the Adler Planetarium this summer.

On campus, she has been fortunate to find spaces to continue to exercise her other passions outside of academics. She is the Co-President of the DePaul Urban Gardening Club and the Vice President of the DePaul Dance Company. She is so thankful to have found such a great community of people on campus through these two great organizations. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and going to the lake, rock climbing, thrifting, and exploring new neighborhoods in Chicago with her friends. She is looking forward to working with the Adler Planetarium this summer and furthering her knowledge about collections and archives!

August Waters

August Waters is in his junior year at the University of Delaware majoring in Art Conservation and minoring in Linguistics. This summer he will be interning at the Kent Historical Museum in Kent, Washington, working on assisting in the ongoing collections inventory related to the Citizens Band for Common Courtesy 1976 signage project, as well as working on
provenance research and assisting in implementing collections policies.

Barrett Massand

Barrett Massand grew up in McLeansville and Greensboro, North Carolina and is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is double majoring in Global Studies and South Asian Studies and minoring in Anthropology. Since childhood, Barrett has been particularly interested in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and after completing his undergraduate studies, he hopes to pursue Anthropology as a graduate student.

Barrett will work as a Collections Management intern this summer at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina. Through this internship, he’s excited to dip his toes into the water of museum work for the first time, learn the ins and outs of the curation process, and contribute to the preservation of North Carolina’s rich pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial history.

Eva Herna´ndez Cruz

Eva Herna´ndez Cruz is a Puerto Rican artist and aspiring art historian. Eva is the only child to her father, Erasmo Herna´ndez Rami´rez and her mother, Marie Cruz Brownell. Eva was raised in Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico. During her four years at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Eva found her passion for Art History. She is a double major in Art and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies. She plans to continue her higher education and earn a PhD in Art History, specializing in Baroque Art, sub specializing in Latin American Colonial Art or East Asian Art. During her years at Saint Joseph’s, Eva also found a great passion for museums, as they safeguard the history and art she so loves. Eva will be an intern in Collections Registration at the Barnes Foundation this upcoming summer. Eva also continues to pursue her own art and has exhibited multiple times in campus exhibitions, the Frances M. Maguire Art Museum and galleries in Philadelphia and San Juan.

Elaina “E.D.” Harrison

With only a Fall semester left, Elaina “E.D.” Harrison will be graduating with her Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of San Francisco in December of 2024. This summer, E.D. has been supporting the California Academy of Sciences with a reorganization of their Ornithology collection. As part of this project, she and a colleague have been updating internal records, monitoring for pests, and condensing the collection to make room for a large acquisition of Strigiformes.

Ian Mitchell

Ian Mitchell is a fourth year Anthropology student at the University of California-Berkeley. He has been selected for an internship at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology where he will be cataloging and interpreting previously undocumented accessions. It is his hope that the work he completes this summer will help future researchers better understand the collection, thereby fostering accessibility and knowledge production. Outside of museums, Ian enjoys music, tennis, and comedy. He is thankful to ARCS for facilitating his journey towards a career in museum registration and collection management!

Hope Manning

Hope’s interest in collections management began during her time at the University of Richmond where she double majored in Business Administration and Art History. As an Art History major, she was immediately compelled by telling an object-based history and interpreting artistic movements through artworks. After spending a semester abroad in Amsterdam, she fell in love with the Van Gogh Museum and Japonisme’s effect on Van Gogh and his artworks. Her thesis relied heavily on resources made possible by effective collections management practices, such as the newly digitized Van Gogh letters and his newly digitized oeuvre and personal art collection. For two years, she worked in her campus library’s Rare Book room where she learned fundamentals on taking inventory and shelf reading, processing new collections, building book boxes to help preserve compromised books, and curating library displays.

Simultaneously, Hope worked with the Book Arts studio on setting and printing type on the letterpress and engaging students in printmaking events. As a rising senior, she interned with Capital One’s contemporary art collection. Through this internship, she practiced maintaining inventory, updating the collections database, creating condition reports and intellectual property contracts, and co-curating spaces across Capital One’s campus. These experiences, along with networking with current registrars, have encouraged her to enroll in the George Washington University’s Museum Studies program, with a concentration in Collections Management. Additionally, she is excited to have been chosen as a summer collections management intern for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, working with their historic prints and printmaking collection. The internship focuses on learning and navigating the collections database, researching and identifying objects in the collection, practicing proper storage and art handling techniques across mediums, and producing a public program. She is grateful to ARCS for the summer stipend and is excited to be an active member of ARCS.

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