Museum Internships Inspire, Prepare Miller for Her Career

Kelsey Miller '16

January 15, 2016

Global Opportunities (GO) experiences can be many things to many students. Most return to campus with a greater understanding of the world, and with greater confidence to take on life's challenges.

For Kelsey Miller '16, a double major in art history and communications, her time in Italy also led to an internship at a contemporary art gallery in Rome, which she describes as her greatest college experience.

Miller learned about the internship opportunity at Spazio Nuovo while studying in Rome last fall semester. Most of her work there involved creating invitations, news releases and online content for the gallery.

"In the process, I learned how much work it takes to plan for art shows and run a successful gallery," she said. "I also learned about many contemporary artists I had never known about before, and it was an honor to help them prepare for different art fairs and events."

Miller worked another internship during the summer after her sophomore year, this one at the Museum of Motherhood in New York City, which allowed her to handle social media for the exhibition and education center that is dedicated to the exploration of family.

"This was a particularly eye-opening opportunity, as I had never considered the influences of motherhood on art," she said. "I found that themes of motherhood were present in art from all time periods."

Her internships solidified her desire to work in the communications department of a museum or gallery.

Always a lover of art, but not particularly talented in its execution, it was Miller's first art history course at Susquehanna University that revealed to her that she could have a career in art without being an artist.

"When you study art from different time periods and cultures, you're also studying history, religion and mythology, and I love that about art history," she said.   

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