INTERNS BRING SKILLS AND ENERGY TO WORK AT FOUNDER'S HALL
This summer, Founder’s Hall and Girard College have benefited from the talents and diligence of two interns. Working under the supervision of Kathy Haas, Director of Historic Resources, the interns accomplished a great deal and learned to love Girard College, Stephen Girard and the Girard story.
MADISON GREINER (right) spent this summer working as a “collections intern” in Founder’s Hall. She was intrigued by the rich history of the school and its founder, and she knew she’d gain experience working with a unique collection. Throughout this experience, Greiner gained a deeper understanding of the complexities of interpreting a will many decades after it was originally written. She has also developed a profound respect for a visionary whose generosity has provided life-changing educational opportunities for thousands of students.
Greiner is working towards a BFA (bachelor of fine arts) with a concentration in painting and a minor in art history. However, she has focused most of her time on museum outreach and advocacy for the arts. After she graduates from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019, she will apply for a museum studies graduate program with the intent of pursuing collections management. This Havertown, Pa. native hopes to work in a fine arts museum one day.
“I have enjoyed having the opportunity to become comfortable within staff meetings, making deadlines and learning new databases,” she said. “I’m really grateful for my summer spent at Girard, and I definitely look forward to keeping in touch with the staff and continuing to follow the Girard College story.”
One of Greiner’s primary projects was researching Girard College history and writing text for an audio tour.
JASMYNE MENA (left) has been working as the “marketing intern” at Founder's Hall this summer.
An advertising student on the art direction track of the Lew Klein College of Media and Communications at Temple, Mena had not intentionally pursued a museum internship, but she believed it could be a positive experience. She knew she would expand her skill set and benefit from new working relationships with various professionals.
Mena frequently comments on meeting Girard alumni.
“Meeting some of the alumni has definitely been my favorite part of this summer experience,” she said. “They feel so passionate about Girard College, and their love for the school truly radiates.”
A rising senior at Temple University, this longtime resident of Rutherford, New Jersey is still thinking about career options.
“I'm not exactly sure what my ultimate career goals are at the moment,” Mena said. “I hope to work somewhere I can use my design skills and knowledge of marketing.”
Mena worked on visual marketing products such as posters and rack cards.
Funding for these internships was provided through the Arts Intern Program of Studio Institute.