This summer, Kayla Jones ’17 has been working as a research, history and education intern at the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y., the birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement in the United States.
“I’m excited to blend my passion for communications and civic engagement through this internship,” Jones says. “In one of my media and society classes, we discussed the power that media can have to effect social change, and this is a great hands-on opportunity to spread knowledge about women’s rights and history through media platforms.”
Jones has been working closely with Merrill Amos ’11, curator of the Hall of Fame, to publicize the U.S. Treasury’s “#TheNew10” project, a social media-based campaign to choose a historically significant American woman to be the new face of the $10 bill. She is also working on the capital campaign to relocate the museum to the historic Seneca Knitting Mill by December 2016. The Mill, which was built in 1844, will be the new home of more artifacts related to the inductees on permanent display, multimedia exhibits and traveling exhibits from other museums.
“I think the space will be amazing when it all comes together,” Jones says. “We recently gave an archival firm a tour of the Mill, and it was great to be around people who are so jazzed about preserving the legacies of all these inspiring women.”
In addition to her internship at the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Jones is interning at the Colleges’ radio station, WEOS 89.5FM and 90.3FM and WHWS 105.7FM, a job she’s held since her first year at HWS. During that time, she has been promoted from social media manager to promotions director. Her previous projects include promoting community events such as Barktoberfest, a 5K run to benefit the plans for a new dog park along Seneca Lake, ArtsFest, a silent disco for those with disabilities, and the #HWSday social media extravaganza.
Jones’ experiences at WEOS and the National Women’s Hall of Fame have also shaped her academic interests and her post-graduate plans.
“I’ve learned how vital media is to a not-for-profit educational organization,” Jones says. “It’s a free way to share the legacies of some truly inspiring women with people all around the world, which is vital when operating under a small budget.”
Jones is an anthropology and sociology, media and society double major with a minor in civic engagement and social justice. She is a member of the Human Rights and Genocide Symposium, and is co-captain of the WHWS intramural soccer team. This fall, she will study abroad in Rome, Italy.