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Author: Nelson Bennett, Communications Intern

Our current intern has shared his vew from the inside.

In five words, describe your internship.
New experiences in marketing, fun

HANDSHAKE 3: REFLECT. Opening. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK TANTRUM

HANDSHAKE 3: REFLECT. Opening. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK TANTRUM

What first drew you to the internship?
Both a practical want to upskill in marketing, an area I am unfamiliar with, and a fulfilment of a wish I’ve had for years, to work in a museum. Sounds like a weird thing to wish for, but I’ve dreamt about working in a museum since I first went to Te Papa on a school trip when I was twelve.

What have been the highlights so far?
I have to say going to professional events like a WREDA presentation or one of the openings at the Dowse. These big networking events are something completely new for a lowly undergrad student and have led to a whole host of new experiences and knowledge.
Beyond that I have found a simple joy in working in the office with the lovely staff of the Dowse. It’s hard to explain why making spreadsheets and drafting emails is enjoyable, but nevertheless I will attempt to explain. Until now I’ve been either writing essays or cooking chickens for the supermarket, so applying my skills to create content for an organisation I’m interested in is a welcome change of pace. Being productive, efficient and completing real things in an office environment are all valuable new experiences.
It’s really one of the first times in my life I am doing things professionally that aren’t just to grow my own brain or to get money needed to live!

HANDSHAKE 3: REFLECT INSTALLATION VIEW, 2017. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK TANTRUM

HANDSHAKE 3: REFLECT INSTALLATION VIEW, 2017. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK TANTRUM

Has anything or anyone in particular provided you with support?
Everyone in the Dowse team has been very supportive and welcoming. It really is a lovely environment to work in and I quickly felt like a valued part of the team. In particular I must single out Alexandra Grace who, as my direct boss, I work the most with. She has been both helpful in explaining new or difficult things to me and encouraging when I do good work. One couldn’t really wish for a better dynamic to be dropped into as an intern.

PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK TANTRUM

PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK TANTRUM

What do you think people at your level (emerging etc) bring to the sector?
It is probably a cliché to say ‘a fresh perspective’ but I feel it’s worth saying anyway.
It’s always good no matter who or where you are to have a fresh set of eyes to look at a problem or a project in a different way.
On top of this enthusiasm is a clear benefit. My flatmate and I both started around the same time in our first office jobs and we have both found that our superiors have had to tell us various times to take a break or go home at the end of the day. Personally I find that once I get engrossed and on a roll I find it hard to stop, even if I end up working for hours. It’s worked well for me in university but I think it may be a little intense for the workplace.

NICHOLAS MANGAN: LIMITS TO GROWTH. ANCIENT LIGHTS. INSTALLATION VIEW. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTOGRAPHER: SHAUN MATTHEWS

NICHOLAS MANGAN: LIMITS TO GROWTH. ANCIENT LIGHTS. INSTALLATION VIEW. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTOGRAPHER: SHAUN MATTHEWS

What is your fav animal video?
One day I was feeling a bit down and frustrated after grappling with a particularly vicious assignment to no avail for hours. My girlfriend works at the zoo and when she checked in on me and heard how bad I was feeling she sent me a video of the otters scrambling up to the glass and doing tricks with rocks because they saw her uniform and thought she might have food for them. It was one of the most adorable sights I’ve ever seen and it cheered me up immediately.

Me and my girlfriend at the opening of Handshake3: Reflect

Me and my girlfriend at the opening of Handshake3: Reflect

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