Applying her love of museums and art, Allison Putnam ’18 interned at the Asheville Art Museum in North Carolina, fulfilling the promise of an internship that the Centre Commitment makes to all Centre College students.
Working in the development department, she focused on member outreach and the museum’s benefit gala. In addition to organizing events and creating mailing campaigns, the museum gave her the opportunity to contribute ideas to committee meetings on fundraising.
Coordinating with other departments, Putnam also gained training in other areas of museum management through a weekly professional development program.
Putnam says that Centre’s art history courses prepared her well for this internship, as their challenges gave her the necessary time management capabilities and internal motivation to accomplish tasks in the workplace.
She also cites her role as a student worker at the College’s Norton Center for the Arts as an important foundation for this internship.
“Centre has prepared me through my time at the Norton Center, as I learned how to talk to patrons and get people excited about art,” she remarks.
At the start of the summer, Putnam says she wanted to learn more about a career path that has always excited her.
“I expected to get a clear sense of what working for a non-profit arts organization is really like. I also hoped to learn more about how to get people to be passionate about something I care deeply about,” she explains.
She adds that the museum met these expectations, as it gave her a practical outlet for the skills she learned at Centre and strengthened her future career path.
“I definitely think I will pursue work in a development department after Centre. Whether that is in a theatre like the Norton Center or a museum, it is something I have truly found a passion in and I cannot wait to start my career,” she concludes.
by Kathleen Murphy ’18
August 18, 2017