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Caitlin Riley (fourth from left) stands with fellow interns from the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago

While working as an art and education intern at the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago last summer, junior Caitlin Riley confirmed her love for teaching — a path she hopes to pursue in the future. “I realized how much I really enjoy teaching about Greek mythology, Greek artifacts, and the formation of the Greek islands,” she said. “I love interacting with students as they try to piece together the puzzle that is ancient society.”

 

Riley, a history and classics major, helped coordinate the museum’s programs for schools, accompanied field trips, and assisted with lessons for the museum’s summer camp.“I often had to speak in front of field trip groups,” she said. “And my College Seminar course prepared me well for that. All of the presentations and discussions I had in that class helped me to improve my pace and organization in public speaking.”

 

In addition, Riley put her research skills to good use while working on her summer-long project — a “teacher toolkit” for the museum’s Aegean exhibit. The packet will be included in a box with fake artifacts and sent to schools as a traveling exhibit.

 

The museum also hosted an “intern development day” where employees reviewed and edited the interns’ resumes, answered questions, and offered advice about everything from career paths to interviewing. “I learned a lot about working in education and museums from the current employees,” she said, “and I especially learned how to prepare myself and my resume for positions in these fields.”

 

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