Portfolio of an intern of the Journal of a plague year archive


Title (Dublin Core)

Portfolio of an intern of the Journal of a plague year archive

Description (Dublin Core)

Prior to interning the JOTPY internship I thought we would be doing a lot of submissions for the archive to build it and maybe online work to raise awareness of the archive. I had no real knowledge of public history and was going in not expecting it to be such an important part of the archive. Throughout the internship I developed many skills such as curating, how to write a blog, press release and mission statement, and how to build an individual archive collection. I realized my colloquial writing was weak during the internship since many of the projects involved reaching out directly to the general public and speaking plainly. I was once quite adept at this but being an undergrad and now a graduate student these skills had become quite rusty as I endeavored to perfect my academic writing.
I had to learn to work as a team in the internship and also reach out to regular non academics for submissions and these socially based experiences were uncomfortable for me since I am more of an introvert. However, throughout the internship I came to really value the camaraderie and community the interns built together. Before the internship I shied away from group projects as a necessary evil to be avoided at all costs however the internship showed me how much fun working with others could be and to value a great team. The internship also allowed me to network with other people including fellow interns, teachers and archive associates. The internship gave me real world experience of my historical skills introduced me to many new skills set that could pertain to future employment. Overall, it was a great experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Date (Dublin Core)

August 19, 2020

Creator (Dublin Core)

Alexis Walker

Contributor (Dublin Core)

Alexis Walker

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Arizona State University

Type (Dublin Core)

text story

Controlled Vocabulary (Dublin Core)

English Community & Community Organizations
English Education--Universities
English Home & Family Life

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graduate student

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This item was submitted on August 19, 2020 by Alexis Walker using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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