The Museum internship and docent programme was begun as a way to get young students and professionals interested in the work of the Museum, its functioning and activities. Through this outreach programme we hope to inspire a whole new demographic in the history and culture of the past. By being involved in the Museum, they become ambassadors who aid in our outreach, bringing in new audiences.
The internship programme at the Museum is a year-long programme open to undergraduate students currently studying art, history or allied subjects, or those with an interest in pursuing a career in history, museum studies, or education. The interns are expected to work closely with the Museum team to help plan and conduct workshops for schools, NGOs, colleges, adult learners as well as family activities. They will be trained in museum interpretation and frequently lead public tours in English or in regional languages. The interns will also provide crucial assistance in research, exhibition installation, and daily administrative tasks. In the past, our interns have also worked on collections management projects, and in the research and documentation of the Museum’s historic neighbourhood.
The docent programme was launched in February 2014 in an effort to augment the Museum’s learning team. Docents are freelance educators trained by the Museum team to lead interpretive tours for diverse visitor groups, workshops for schools, colleges and NGOs, and family activities. The Docent programme is a long term engagement with a minimum time commitment of one year. Docent positions are open to young adults and professionals who have an interest and or prior experience in history, art, and education, and who can dedicate a fixed number of hours per month. Docents undergo a training period of about two months before they start leading programmes.
“I’ve been fascinated by museums and always wanted to work in one. My favourite experience at the BDL has been working on different workshops with kids, such as silver work, puppetry and mapping. There is so much to learn when you interact with children. I have not only helped with various tasks, but absorbed numerous ideas and built up my confidence. I feel like Indiana Jones where each turn is a new discovery waiting to happen!”
-Vanessa Vaz, Intern
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