We’re delighted to help local college students learn about the museum field. We offer them the opportunity to make real contributions to the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, and a chance to see what it’s really like to work in a small museum. Here’s what Heather, our Fall 2017 Education & Exhibits Intern, had to say about her time with us.

“My internship experience was amazing! I got to see all the different things that go into an exhibit by helping with their Prohibition exhibit, ‘Rum to the Rescue.’

I did archival research for the exhibit at the Library of Virginia. I also learned how to use research tools, like the microfilm machine and online genealogy resources.

I got to see how Kasey designed the exhibit, and helped create the ‘selfie station.’ I also learned how to safely handle artifacts. I helped with the ‘Happy Hour’ nights the museum hosted to promote the exhibit. I also learned how to give tours, and actually gave a few.

This experience has helped me see that I want to work in a small museum. I figured out this is exactly what I want to do with my life, and that I want to be a part of everything museums have to offer!

This internship taught me that I need to be confident in myself and showed me how to articulate my ideas in a way the audience understands.

I loved being a part of this museum family! It was a great experience and something that I will take with me throughout my career. It was incredible to be so close to something that I have loved since I was a little girl.”

Heather will graduate with a BA in History from Virginia Wesleyan University this spring. We’re excited to see what her future holds!