Dr. Katharine Brooks, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Summer 2010 Site Review
Position: Marketing Intern
Student: American Studies Senior
For the past few weeks I have had the please of interning at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum with the marketing department. Overall the internship has been rewarding and has helped me gain unique insight into the nonprofit museum industry. Prior to taking this internship I was curious as to whether or not I would be interested in pursuing either marketing or nonprofit museum work in graduate school. Thankfully, my time with the museum has allowed me to determine that this is the career path that I would like follow.
I came in three days a week, typically Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9am-1pm and got to work, after getting a cup of coffee! On a typical day I get in at 9am, check my email and respond when necessary, make a list of things that I know need to be done that day, and then check in with my supervisors to see what they would like to add or think should be added to my ‘to do’ list. Once the day gets rolling I’m usually juggling at least two projects, usually more. Periodically throughout the work day my supervisors will drop by to say hello and see how things are going and to drop off more work.
However, in marketing, there are few typical days. Every Friday in July the museum hosts an outdoor concert event called “Music Under the Star.” The event just wrapped up its 7th season and had its biggest crowd yet. On these days my schedule was slightly different and I had to wear a few different hats. I was photographer, assistant and general go-to person for both guests and museum volunteer. It was a lot of work, most of which was spent outdoors, but it was also a lot of fun because it’s supported by mostly local Austin vendors and merchants so it brings the entire community together.
The upside to marketing is that the day to day activities are never the same. Some days I would be updating the community calendars with upcoming events or updating our social media. One day I might be calling potential donors for an upcoming exhibit. Other days I could be writing press releases or creating event/exhibit recaps. I even helped a little with the preparation for the department’s financial end of year report to the accounting department by going through the purchase orders. In conclusion, I greatly enjoyed that there was a variety of projects for me to work on.