Interning this summer at one of the most vibrant centers for learning and knowledge—the Smithsonian Institution, Emma Daley ’10, who will start in HWS’ teaching program this fall, is getting a valuable education of her own.
“The Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum complex, is such a symbol of culture and intellect, she said. “The mission is basically to further knowledge.
Working at the National Air and Space Museum, Daley spends much of her time coordinating volunteers and earlier this summer helped organize the museum’s July 4 concert. She also works at the welcome desk, directing visitors and sharing information about the museum. “It’s a unique opportunity to improve my communication skills by interacting with people from all over the world, many of whom do not speak English, Daley said. “It really reminds me of what an international effort it is to promote knowledge. Everyone who comes here is pursuing knowledge and education.
The staff has also been warm and friendly and helpful in guiding her. “They ask a lot from you because they know you are capable and can handle the responsibility.
The internship has the added benefit of providing Daley with the opportunity to explore Washington, D.C., including visiting the National Archives and the National Museum of Natural History. She has also attended speeches given by Senators Hillary Clinton and John Edwards.
Through her experiences of living in D.C. and working at the museum, Daley is learning about her own abilities to interact with people and adapt to different situations. “In all these new situations, I’m learning so much about who I am and about my values.