Scottish museum provides once-in-a-lifetime student internship experience
June 22, 2017

woman wearing a sweater, glasses and latex gloves stands next to museum display caseGeorgian College Museum and Gallery Studies student Carlie Manners is enjoying an amazing educational opportunity in Scotland’s Dumfries and Galloway region. Carlie is interning over the summer in the collections department of the Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura. She’s the second Georgian student to have chosen this particular international destination and among four students currently pursuing an internship overseas.

“The collection here in Dumfries is unlike anything I will get to work with back home in Canada,” Carlie says. “It’s certainly not every day you come across Roman swords and Viking weaponry!”

Far from fetching coffees as a museum intern, Carlie’s assignments include photographing and curating an online exhibition on witchcraft lore in the Dumfries and Galloway region and gathering research and identifying local soldiers in archived photographs who fought in World War I. There’s a special Canadian connection in the second project, as some of the photos are of soldiers from the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.

Carlie believes working internationally provides her with an opportunity she may never get again – to experience another country and culture both within the museum environment and outside of it. When she returns home this fall, she’ll put the skills she gained through her internship to good use pursuing her Master of History at the University of New Brunswick.

‘I plan to become a museum and gallery curator once I complete my studies,” she says “While I certainly have a long journey ahead, being in Scotland this summer is a great way to enjoy the ride.”