When Opportunity Knocks, Part One

Well, it’s due time that I fill you loyal readers in on what I’ll be up to these upcoming months, because there’s a whole lot in store. After what felt like endlessly applying to various opportunities this last semester, I happily have two great things lined up and ready to report, the first of which I’ll be discussing in this post.

—What are you doing, Joseph?? I can’t bear to wait any longer!

Okay, okay, fair enough. Exciting thing #1 is that I’ll be interning at the Phillips Collection in DC this summer!

Oh, hello!

Oh, hello!

I’m really, really, excited about this opportunity, and as my first day of work is just around the corner, this excitement is only growing. There are a lot of reasons why I’m so excited, but I’ll try to contain my enthusiasm (only briefly) to break these reasons down for you:

  1. Laib’s ‘Wax Room’

    The Phillips Collection is actually the country’s first museum of modern art and has an incredible collection, one which I can’t wait to work with. They’re known for their renowned ‘Rothko Room,’ a space which the painter himself helped plan, they hold Renoir’s famous Luncheon of the Boating Party, and they recently commissioned a site-specific installation by one of my favorite artists, Wolfgang Laib. Getting to work in a museum with a focus on not only modern art but contemporary as well was definitely a criteria for me, so I can’t wait to be there and work in a setting which fits so closely with my interests.

  2. My projects for the summer include leading an exhibition of contemporary portraiture from the collection, doing research for upcoming exhibitions with the American department, and doing ongoing artist research for the museum’s Conversations with Artists series, which recently hosted the likes of Jessica Stockholder, Alice Aycock, and Tehching Hsieh. Did I mention that I’m excited?
  3. $! I applied for a grant to put towards an unpaid museum internship through the Program in Museums & Society, and was very fortunate to receive the grant! It’s essentially why I’m able to pursue being at the Phillips, and I’m extremely glad that I was able to get that opportunity on top of a ridiculously great internship.
  4. I’ll be in Baltimore and DC for the summer! Rent in Baltimore is CHEAP, so I decided to stay in Baltimore and commute 1-hour to DC for work. This means that I’ll get to be around Baltimore and hang out with friends working and taking summer classes at Hopkins, I’ll finally get to go to Artscape(!!!), and I’ll be able to continue on some curatorial projects around the city. Plus I’ll get to spend the day and some nights in DC, which should be extremely cool.
  5. I'm pretty excited, just in case that hasn't been properly expressed

    I’m pretty excited, just in case that hasn’t been properly expressed

    Going off of the DC point, there’s a Shake Shack walking distance from the museum!!! This may seem trivial to some, but it’s usually my first thought waking up every morning — you can judge all you want.

  6. My friend (and fellow JHU Art History major) Drew will also be working at the Phillips! It’ll be nice to have a fellow Hopkins person at the museum and we’ll both be doing some amazing things during our time there.
Phillips bound!

Phillips bound!

So now that I’ve broken down my excitement just a bit, I thought I would break down how I even got this amazing opportunity in the first place. I essentially applied all throughout January and February for various museum internships that piqued my interest. I then got called for interviews for a good group of them and met with the Career Center to get advice on my resume and interview etiquette. After interviewing and getting a feel for what I’d be doing over the summer, I got offers (yes, offers, as in multiple offers, which for me was a big deal after that whole not-getting-any-opportunities-last-summer thing) and happily decided on the Phillips! I’m able to afford this, as I mentioned, because of a grant through the Program in Museums & Society, the faculty of which is working tirelessly to set their students up for success. There are a lot of ways to fund unpaid internships through Hopkins grants, so I’d recommend all students to try to do so. And while I definitely have the Career Center, my experiences at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Gallery CA, many late nights and just as many accommodating professors to thank for this, I also have to sincerely thank my advisor, Dr. Rodini, for her invaluable support, especially during one early morning meltdown. (Good times, good times…)

So that’s just one of the many example of the types of internships us Hopkins students don’t just pursue, but ultimately get. (JHU_Ruthie and JHU_Lucie, among others, will also be doing amazing things this summer which you should check out). Next time, I’ll discuss another, even more life-changing opportunity, so until then, thanks for reading!

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