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Ellie Bloom Internship at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Published March 4, 2013
I am currently working in the Registration Department as an intern at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL. My main responsibility at the museum right now is cataloging and photographing pieces of Roman glass from the Second and Third Century A.D. and entering the information into their database. The goal of this task is to add valuable information regarding research on these objects. As needed, I assist with other aspects of the museum whenever there are new exhibitions or events going on. For instance, I have installed, de-installed, and relocated objects in the art museum.
I get to explore and see parts of the museum that very few people get the opportunity to see. My favorite part of my internship is being able to go into the art vaults and the conservation lab and being able to see and handle priceless works of art. It is so incredible to be so up and close to artwork that I have only read about in my art history books.
So far, I have enjoyed my internship, because I am gaining hands-on real life experience in a museum setting. I am exposed to all aspects of the museum’s daily operations. This has been a valuable learning experience as my ultimate career goal is to work in either a museum or gallery setting.
I have learned a lot in such a short amount of time and the staff is incredibly nice. I really appreciate this opportunity and look forward to increasing my knowledge of this field.