In late June, Sharon Osofsky began a six week internship at the park as a component of the SRI Foundation–University of Maryland at College Park Summer Institute in Cultural Resource Management. In this program, students are provided real-world work experience at institutions involved in cultural resource management; as a museum that accepts collections amassed by CRM projects, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum was a good fit with the internship program.
Sharon is a rising senior at the University of Arizona, triple majoring in history, library science and anthropology. She will work primarily in the MAC Lab during her stay, but will also have a range of experiences throughout the museum with education programs, curation at the Patterson House, and an ongoing oral history project.
“Working at JefPat gives me the opportunity to understand how museums work and allows me to get one step closer to working in museums”, said Sharon, who is in the third week of her internship.