I spent six weeks this summer working as an Intern at The Sherman Museum, in Sherman Texas! Through the Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies at Austin College, I was given an opportunity to work alongside an all new staff and help them as they added their own unique spin to the programs and exhibits at the museum. My internship fell during the museum’s annual “Dino Days” exhibit. An exhibit the museum runs each summer about the Dinosaurs that once roamed the Texoma area and beyond! I worked with the staff on the Dino Days exhibit, gave tours of the Museum to visiting families and school groups, and helped plan and implement activities and lesson plans for their dinosaur themed day camp: “Dino Academy.”
Working Dino Academy was my favorite part of my internship! I truly loved getting to work with the kids who came ready to learn all about the dinosaurs. They came ready to learn (and especially ready to start the crafts station, which was my main assignment for the camp). Seeing their faces light up with excitement about the different kinds of dinosaurs was wonderful and made me excited to keep going back for the remaining days of of the camp. I enjoyed the Dinosaurs and the kiddos a great deal, but I also enjoyed learning about the archival process and how it operates within small museums, and all kinds of new things about the history of Sherman and the surrounding area.
The internship provided me with great skills that will help prepare me for my future career as a teacher! I learned lesson planning skills while working on Dino Academy and helped create and brainstorm about all the games, lessons, and crafts for Dino academy. It was a wonderful six weeks, and I can’t wait to “wow” my future students with my newfound knowledge of the beasts that roamed in our very backyards!