Saturday, June 11, 2011

Susan's DC Internship

So Susan is an intern for 2 months at the National Museum of the American Indian. The museum is part of the Smithsonian and very close to the US Capitol building and the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum. The internship provides her a dorm room at George Washington University and a small stipend.

There are about 11 other interns at NMAI. Some of them are also from Haskell Indian Nations University. Near the end of July, they will be flying to New York to see the ?branch? of NMAI that is in New York City.

The trip to DC started with a drive to the KC airport and Susan's first time getting on a plane by herself. It sounds like everything went pretty smoothly on the ride to Ronald Reagan National Airport. It took a while for her to figure out how to get to GWU and get her dorm room.

Susan spends about 2 hours a day in the public area of the museum learning how to teach people about the artifacts in the museum. The rest of her day is spent cataloging items and other stuff. I'm still not sure what cataloging items means.

She has commented many times on how hot it is in DC. The temps are in the 90's and the humidity is very high. She has been taking her work clothes to work and wiping off the sweat and then getting dressed.

Susan turns 21 in July and my brother and his wife are going to try and stop by and see her. It sounds like they will meet up on her birthday or the day after.

One of the first things Susan told us about after her first few days at NMAI was a book of questions/comments employees have been asked by the general public. A lot of them are rather strange or show a good amount of ignorance such as "please don't tell my kids that you are Native American, I told them they were all gone".

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