The Minnesota Historical Society's volunteer and intern programs welcome people from all communities to engage in mission-related projects. Over 2,660 volunteers and interns contribute 53,400 hours hours annually. This diverse volunteer corps helps to achieve the MNHS mission — Using the Power of History to Transform Lives.
Self-Motivated High School Student Gains Experience
Naya is a high school senior who recently completed an internship with our Collections Department. Naya’s work included researching back issues of the MNHS scholarly journal Minnesota History for references to MNHS Collection items and cross referencing that data with queries in our complex museum cataloging database to create a spreadsheet of linked data. She also worked hands on with the Collection, scanning paper items for use in our collections database and applying metadata to the images. Additionally, Naya has shadowed staff working in our Textile Conservation Lab and and met one-on-one with many staff members across the organization to learn more about the many professions within museum work.
Staff supervisor Sondra Reierson said “Naya has been a joy to work with. I have developed a very high regard for Naya based on her outstanding contributions throughout the term. Throughout her time here Naya has acted professionally, been timely and respectful. She consistently delivers a quality product with speed, accuracy, and thoroughness, managing her time well throughout. Naya learned quickly during her training and has since worked independently but asked pertinent questions as they arose and asked for help as necessary. She is self-motivated and shows great initiative in meeting her goals. In short, Naya has been an ideal intern.”
Submitted by Sondra Reierson 06/01/2018