Diary of an NUS Museum Intern: Zhang Shihe

Note: Diary of an NUS Museum Intern is a series of blog posts written by our interns about their experiences during the course of their internships. Besides working hard and fast in their cubicles, our interns have travelled to Bandung and Malacca, organised symposiums, waded through tons of historical research and pitched in during exhibition installations. At NUS Museum, each internship is as different from the last. If you would like to become our next intern, visit our internship page for more information!

For the month of January, NUS Museum hosted 5 interns as part of Temasek Junior College's WOW! 2012 Attachment Programme where the students were given the opportunity to engage in real world situations and to provide insights or solutions. Each week, each student will take it in turns to blog about their experience and give us a little glimpse into their world.

Here, Zhang Shihe shares her experience over the past 4 weeks.

This is our last week in NUS museum. Looking back to see the whole journey that we have been gone through in the past one month is really a valuable as well as genuinely enjoyable experience. We have learnt a lot through different tasks assigned to us as well as the communication with people who work in NUS museum. We have not only learnt knowledge but life skills as well, which are very precious and very helpful for the rest of our lives. We had a good time here in NUS museum, not because it was easy but because it was challenging and eventful. We are so satisfied and proud to say that we have been progressed in NUS museum this month and did not waste this period of precious time.

There were mainly three tasks assigned to us. Each of them focuses on different aspects and we have learnt different things from different tasks. The first was to bring The Moving Museum travelling exhibition from NUS Museum to TJC. This involved lots of work of emailing, communicating and negotiating with different people such as our mentor Ms Cai, SC leader as well as our president. Through this task, we have learnt how to work together with several different departments. On top of that, we also realized the importance of planning as it makes sure that everything is kept on track. Hence every task needs a specific plan before starting to do it. We often made use of the whiteboard in the meeting room from which we worked from in the office to keep track of things to accomplish at the end of the day.

Our second task was to create a self-guided itinerary programme for the Camping and Trampingexhibition. To be honest, it was a very challenging task. We were so excited when we worked out a design that was very creative. However we faced troubles in the following days. There were challenges such as figuring out the size of the final product, the descriptions that we have to write by ourselves about certain display items. Moreover none of us were experts at Photoshop, so it took us almost the whole month to figure out how to make things work. Although this task was really tough, I am so happy to see that none of us have thought of giving up and or resorting to an easier way. Finally with the help of our mentor Michelle and our friend and countless times of trying, we finally came out the product that we want.

The third task was to create educational worksheets for both primary school students and secondary school students, based on the new exhibition Family Intimacies. In order to come out with relevant questions to the central theme of the exhibition, we read through all the reading materials about Family Intimacies. Five of us developed 2 sets of worksheets individually before picking out the better questions to be consolidated into one worksheet. Of course, we had to keep updating them based on our mentor's comments. We went through 6 drafts before we arrived at the final copy.

All in all, our internship here in NUS museum was really helpful to us and it was a really an enjoyable and unforgettable memory. Here I want to thank our school for providing us such a precious chance to learn. It is really a privilege for us to work here and learn in this totally different and new environment. On top of that I would like to thank our mentor Michelle and the other staff in NUS Museum for teaching us lots of different skills, caring for us and creating such a friendly ad lovely working environment for us. Thank you so much. I love working in NUS museum.


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