Melissa Mcshea is an intern with the Creative Marketing department. She attends the school of informatics and computing at IUPUI, studying New Media. In her free time she enjoys being outside.
What makes up a museum? At The Children’s Museum—the largest children’s museum in the world—a lot of things make up our museum! That means that archiving, typically associated with Library Science, is a large part of what we do in the museum.
The Children's Museum was recently awarded the National Metal for Museum and Library Service, which celebrates the museum’s accomplishments and its positive impact on families, children, and communities.
My internship is within the Creative Marketing Department, which allows me to contribute to many real world projects. It also allows me to be supervised by a Children's Museum design department manager, who bridges the relationship between creative design staff and staff in other departments. The designers work with staff across the museum to create marketing and educational materials that are used in advertising, museum programs, and beyond.
It's true—interns at The Children’s Museum get real assignments and real world professional museum experience! One of my main projects is archiving photographs so that departments can more readily use them for projects, from museum signage to brochures. This will be accomplished through a Digital Asset Management system, which will allow staff to easily find images and graphics for various needs.
In between my internship assignment, I have enjoyed walking up to our new exhibit Take Me There: China to see our marketing and exhibitions hard at work. It’s a good feeling to know that I'm archiving these images for future generations to understand and enjoy.