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Student Stories: Lydia Alcock '12

Major: Psychology
Current Position:
Development Specialist, Port Discovery Children's Museum

Lydia Alcock started interning at SCEMS in September 2011, after completing a summer internship at the Smithsonian Associates. Even though she has not yet graduated, her supervisor at SCEMS recently offered her a part-time job.

In addition to her professional responsibilities at the Smithsonian, Lydia is launching an exciting new outreach program in Mr. Koropecky's fourth-grade class - Museum Buddies. To volunteer, email Lydia.

At SCEMS Lydia helps develop and evaluate Heritage Month Family Days in partnership with various Smithsonian museums. She also uses her skills as a photographer to document events, and is responsible for posting on social media during the events.

About her experiences Lydia writes: "Whenever I tell people I’m studying psychology and museums their response is usually: what are you going to do with that? At first, back in freshman year, I wasn’t so sure. As I continued taking classes in the Museums and Society program and learned more about the museum world, I realized there was a niche for me where I could combine psych and museums: museum education. When I started applying for internships, I discovered a place so perfect for me I couldn’t believe it was real. I began interning at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies in September of 2011, and after working on heritage programming for 3 and a half months I realized I might never find another place so suited to my interests. Luckily, a part-time job opened up, and guess what? Now I’m employed!"

Read more about Lydia's internship here.

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