Danielle Thibodeau

Danielle graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Art History. She has interned at the Central Street Gallery and Peabody Essex Museum. Danielle is currently a graduate student at Bank Street College of Education where she can combine her passions of fine art, art education, and museum studies.

Orientation and First Day

So, today I had my internship orientation at the PEM. I drove over, found parking in the garage, walked through the mall and into the main building. I met up with the 14 other interns in the museum atrium, where we were briefed on what the internship entailed. We signed some paperwork and then went on a scavenger hunt. (This was extremely awkward, since no one knew each other AND the museum is huge, so we got lost.) We went over our answers from the scavenger hunt - I got one correct, so I won this snazzy pin as a prize:

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We then had our pictures taken by security for our swipey-badges, got to view a couple of new exhibitions before the general public, and went on a super-secret tour of the basement of the museum. (All SO cool.) We then received our badges, signed more papers, and then I was whisked away to the Art & Nature Center where I had an hour of training.

Al-in-all, it was a very good day. I feel like this internship will be very beneficial to me. I can’t wait to go in again tomorrow. 

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Ok, I promise I won’t give an everyday play-by-play on this PEM internship, however, today seems important enough to share.

It was my first real day in the Art & Nature Center. I arrived a little early, scoped out the office, and then learned how to fill and work the interactive art installations. The show that’s on display is, Ripple Effect, The Art of H2O - so there are a couple of things that need to be refilled and drained every couple of hours. It’s pretty neat to be involved in the museum and feel like I actually get to play a role in the art’s functionality. After everything was prepped and ready for opening, I was given an hour to get acquainted with the rest of the art in the exhibition. There are some really gorgeous pieces, such as this:

Water Sculpture #9
2010; Shinichi Maruyama; archival pigment print
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So there you have it. Seems like I’m going to adjust to this internship pretty well. I’ve already been scheduled to come in once a week (Thursdays) plus do the occasional weekend gig. Should be quite interesting!

Internship - Tomorrow!

I start my internship with the PEM tomorrow! Not gonna lie - I’m kinda nervous, but also really excited. I have orientation from 9:30am - 12:00pm and then training after that for a couple of hours.

I bought new black pants so I’ll look ‘museum spiffy’. :) I also get a badge, I’m really stoked for the badge.

This is going to be my 3rd internship (my other 2 were just meh), so I’m hoping I actually love this and that this will help me with grad school / future big-girl art jobs.

Wish me lots and lots and lots and lots of luck, please!