6th Annual Here to Career
This past Thursday 7/12/18, interns and fellows from across the Smithsonian gathered at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s (HMSG) Ring Auditorium for the 6th Annual Smithsonian Intern and Fellow Here to Career Event.
The Smithsonian Here to Career event is an opportunity for SI interns and fellows to explore and ask questions about Smithsonian careers across a wide variety of disciplines. This year’s panelists included:
- Mandy Van Heuvelen, a Cultural Interpreter from the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
- Jia-sun Tsang, a Senior Paintings Conservator at the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)
- Gene Hunt, a Research Geologist at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)
- Rudy Watley, Associate Director of the Supplier Diversity Program at the Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs (OEEMA)
The panel discussion was moderated by Emily Key, the Education Programs Manager for the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC).
Over 70 interns and fellows gathered to hear the panelists discuss their own education and career backgrounds. A lively discussion offered interns and fellows invaluable advice about Smithsonian careers, maintaining a work-life balance, and transitioning from an internship/fellowship to full time staff. The morning concluded with a thoughtful audience Q&A session, leaving the interns and fellows with some peace of mind about their future careers. If one thing can be learned from this event, it is that your career path may not always be in a straight line (and that is perfectly okay)!
Thank you to all who attended this event! A special thanks to our panelists and moderator, as well as the HMSG staff who made this event possible.