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Featured interns

Fall 2020

Dara Czernikowski
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2020

Dara was an intern at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, working with curators Jessica Landau and Nicole Heller. Her research involved a rigorous content analysis of exhibition labels, focused on exploring the museum’s representations of inter-species relations.

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Pauline Deely
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2020

Pauline worked as a conservation intern for Gretchen Anderson at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Her role included display cleaning, pest management and a range of tasks supporting the preventative conservation needs of the museum.

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Grace Marston
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2020

Grace worked with Sarah Hallett and Sinead Bligh at the Mattress Factory to contribute to the digitization and cataloguing of the Greer Lankton Collection. She helped progress collection descriptions and metadata, and progressed research about Lankton’s life in the downtown art scene of 1980s New York.

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Lawson Pace
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2020

Lawson was an intern at the Senator John Heinz History center working with Anne Madarasz, Director of the Curatorial Division and Chief Historian, undertaking research for a digital project and public program exploring the international travels of Pittsburgh journalist Nellie Bly.

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Melanie Pantano
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2020

Melanie was an intern at the Silver Eye Center for Photography working with their Assistant Curator Kate Kelley. She assisted with a wide variety of tasks associated with the operation of the space, including online content development and virtual programming.

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Isaac Pleta
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2020

Isaac was an intern at the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh working with its Executive Director Madeline Gent. He created a popular series of social media videos for the organization that provided virtual visits to local galleries during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Victoria Swindle
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2020

Victoria was an intern at the Detre Library and Archives at the Heinz History Center, where she worked with its Archivist Sierra Green. Her project began the creation of a virtual archive documenting the Western Pennsylvanian response to and impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Jenny Wang
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2020

Jenny undertook her internship with Sylvia Rhor, Director of the University Art Gallery. Her role focused on the development of social media content that showcased the collection of the UAG during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Spring 2020

Archer Klein
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Archer worked as an intern on a collaborative project with the University Art Gallery and the University Library System on a Pitt Seed Grant project Art on Campus under the supervision of graduate fellow Chelsea Gunn. Archer developed new metadata for artworks on the Pitt campus, undertaking condition reports and provenance research.

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Kelli Slogan
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Kelli worked as an intern on a collaborative project with the University Art Gallery and the University Library System on a Pitt Seed Grant project Art on Campus: Creating and Collection Management Infrastructure at the University of Pittsburgh under the supervision of graduate fellow Chelsea Gunn. Archer developed new metadata for art on campus, undertaking condition reports and progressing provenance research

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Erin Patrick
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Erin worked as an intern at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History under the supervision of Nicole Heller and Asia Ward. Her work focused on the programming of the museum’s Anthropocene Living Room exhibit, including new learning program materials and activities focused on issues of air quality.

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Annette Yauger
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Annette was an intern at the Nationality Rooms, working with Michael Walter collection management and display development tasks related to these rich collections at Pitt. She photographed, processed, and accessioned items from West Africa from a recent donation, and contributed to the development of a new display on the third floor of the Cathedral of Learning.

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Christina Hansen
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Christina undertook her internship with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s conservator Gretchen Anderson. Her work focused on the treatment and pest management in the museum’s collections, and developed skills in preventative conservation and condition reporting in the museum context.

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Elizabeth Masterson
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Elizabeth was an intern at Contemporary Craft under the supervision of its Executive Director Janet McCall. She worked across a variety of tasks related to the exhibition and promotion of contemporary craft practice, including gallery preparation and artwork packing. Her major project involved creating an inventory of books in the Contemporary Craft’s research collection.

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Maja Lynn
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Maja was an intern at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, where she worked in the institution’s Library and Archives under the supervision of Ryan Woodward. Her focus was developing new metadata and archival content for the museum’s online database, and assisting with supplementary materials for public exhibitions.

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Ashton Crawley
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Ashton undertook an internship in the Archives and Special Collections Department of the University Library System, under the supervision of David Grinnell. Her work focused on collections related to Polish émigré communities in Western Pennsylvania, organizing archival materials from the 1910s through to the 1990s.

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Ryan Kulka
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Ryan worked at the Carnegie Museum of Art under the supervision of Emily Mirales. Her project focused on records from the Carnegie International, using the museum’s collections database to develop loan records with key metadata and photographic documentation.

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Sujeeth Buddai
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Sujeeth contributed to research project for a proposed University Art Gallery exhibition under the supervision of graduate student Rebecca Giordano. He developed curatorial research on the history of the Selma Burke Art Center in East Liberty, organizing materials from research databases, newspaper clippings and archival documents and photographs.

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Morgan Powell
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Morgan worked as an intern at the Mattress Factory where she worked with Archivist Sarah Hallett on the Greer Lankton Archive. She assisted with the digitization of the collection, sorting, measuring, scanning and cataloguing artworks, photographs, correspondence and ephemera.

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Ryan Negron
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Ryan undertook his internship under the supervision of Tim Neff, Vice President and Director of Museum and Education at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum Trust. He processed collection donations for storage and display and catalogued artifacts into the museum’s collection database.

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Clara Wang
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Clara was an intern at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, supervised by Marketing Director Paige Ikhanipour. She helped develop database and promotional content, and supported the preparation and documentation of a temporary exhibition at the center.

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Stephen Dadio
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Stephen worked with the Collection Manager for Anthropology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Deborah Harding, to support collection needs including custom packing and storage supports for objects, cataloguing and photography. His work focused especially on the museum’s collection of ceramics from South America.

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Lumnija Gjoni
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Lumnija worked with the Archeology Collection Manager at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Amy Covell-Murthy. She helped reorganize the archeology library holdings at the museum and assisted with other collection care tasks.

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Lei Li
Museum Studies Academic Internship, Spring 2020

Lei was an intern in the Education Department at the Carnegie Museum of Art. She assisted with the Art Connection classes for 9th grade students and helped with the development of a manual for part time education staff at the museum.

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Fall 2019


Jon Engel

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2019

Jon worked under Pitt’s own Mellon Fellow in Curation and Education Rebecca Giordano, helping her with preliminary research for an upcoming exhibition about the artist and educator Selma Burke. He worked with a wide range of archival sources, contributing transcriptions and digitized content to a new repository documenting Burke’s career.

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Miranda Harkins

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2019

Miranda worked as an intern at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh where her project focussed on cataloging the Center’s library and archive collections. She also helped facilitate research on a Spring exhibit that entailed primary research to create biographies on Pittsburgh’s local Holocaust survivors. 

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Joanna Harlacher

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2019

This semester, Joanna had the opportunity to intern at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History with Dr. Chase Mendenhall. Dr. Mendenhall is currently developing a future exhibition focusing on gender and sexual diversity within the natural world. Joanna was tasked with locating and producing content that may be highlighted within the exhibit. As a research assistant, Joanna had the opportunity to interact with professionals in the cultural sector. 

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Lauren Hevron

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2019

At the Heinz History Center’s Detre Library and Archives, Lauren organized a range of collection materials, and created finding aids and catalogue entries for them. Her research focused on collections related to cultural spaces in Pittsburgh, including live music venues and art galleries.

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Emily Hrynko

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2019

Emily worked as an intern under the supervision of Madeline Gent, executive director of Associate Artists of Pittsburgh. She conducted archival research on the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell and his time in Pittsburgh. Her work was also published in the organizations 107th Annual exhibition catalogue, authoring 10 artist biographies for the publication. 

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Georgina Laube

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2019

Georgina interned at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation where 

she worked to translate and contextualize an archival manuscript collection. Her work focused on translating

documents from German and French by Dr. Theodor Philipp Haas, a German botanist who was sent to the Dachau Concentration Camp before emigrating to the United States.

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Omolade Olubowale

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2019

Omolade undertook her internship at the Office of Public Art. She worked under curator, historian, and educator Rachel Klipa on community engagement, focusing on strategies to engage black college students in black art throughout the city of Pittsburgh. 

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Olivia Rutledge

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2019

Olivia worked at the Silver Eye Center for Photography with Assistant Curator and Communications Coordinator, Kate Kelley. Her work included printing and framing photographs for exhibition, assisting with the installation of exhibitions, and developing curatorial and promotional content the organization’s website.

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Anna Schanne

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2019

Anna worked on the Anthropocene Living Room exhibition space at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. She identified new articles to display as part of the Science Today display. She also conducted visitor observations in several galleries, and coordinated a Qualtrics survey to receive visitor feedback on future exhibitions.

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Kara Slattery

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2019

As an intern at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Kara worked under the supervision of Akemi May, curator, and Emily Mirales, assistant curator. She catalogued past Carnegie International exhibition catalogues to develop a new database that will enrich research into the exhibition’s history since 1896. 

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Simone Traub

Museum Studies Academic Internship, Fall 2019

Under the supervision of Pittsburgh Glass Center’s Marketing Director Paige Ilkhanipour, Simone contributed to exhibition programming and promotion at the center. She assisted in installing the Cuando el Río Suena show and created a set of guidelines to support the planning of future exhibits.

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