Historical association begins paid internship program
The Grand County Historical Association is starting a new paid internship program this summer, inviting a county high school student to dive into the association’s archives, help research for exhibits and get involved with the day-to-day responsibilities of running a museum.
The GCHA’s first intern has already been selected: Graydon Walker.
“I started working with the museum last summer,” said Walker. “My brother’s fourth grade class had a tour that I got to go along with, and through that I got to be a docent for the museums. With the association growing, they let me become an intern because I was looking to work for them. This is just an awesome opportunity for me to get started with.”
Walker will be a sophomore at East Grand High School this fall, and will work for the GCHA from June until September, according to GCHA Executive Director Shanna Ganne, who began the program largely due to Walker’s interest. He’ll work about 12 hours a week, primarily out of the Cozens Ranch Museum in Fraser.
Ganne said that she wants the program to offer a better experience for interns than just sitting at the front desk, noting that Walker would have opportunities to engage in a number of museum roles.
“I wanted to make it an educational experience, and something that he could put on his resume when he’s applying to colleges to make him more marketable,” said Ganne. “In bringing in high school students we hope that they gain knowledge of our community, and gain knowledge of working in museums and nonprofits that will engage them further.”
The GCHA will begin accepting intern applications for the 2019 summer in February.
The intern program is just one of many ways the historical association is working to attract younger people to their museums. The GCHA announced earlier this week that beginning now all Grand County students would be able to go to their museums for free with a student ID.
“Financial barriers are real for a lot of Grand County families, and we hope to remove that barrier by giving free admittance to students,” said Ganne.
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