This morning begins my official last day here at the Navy Museum, and the end of my internship. While the day has hardly begun, I want to write about everything that I have done and learned here at the Navy Museum. It seems like it has been ages since my first day here at the Museum. In some ways I still have the same thrills commuting to DC, the metro still fascinates me and I still finds myself reading the signs on “transportation walk” out side the Department of Transportation. There is always something I didn’t notice before.
For this internship I was assigned 2 big projects. The first was organizing the field trips for other interns and the second was the War of 1812 ship panels. Both projects required an extensive amount of research, however different kinds of research. For the field trips, I mostly looked through tour books and reading reviews of the places we went to. Whereas with the ship panels I approached the research more like I would for a paper.
The field trips was also different from the ship panels, because in the case of the field trips I had to find a way to get the word out on what dates the field trips happened and where they were taking place. Where as for the ship panels, I just emailed it when I was done. Then I continued editing when I got a proof read copy back.
The ship panels are finally done! In case you were wondering… And I think they have moved on to the next stage, to prepare for its debut for the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. I am kind of excited to see how it will be incorporated into that event.
In conclusion, I do think I learned a lot from being a part of this internship, even if I only was here part time. I still learned more about contacting outside help for research, not just limiting myself to books and the Internet. I also learned that it helps to widen your area of research, because sometimes something comes up that is related but in a different way.
That happened when I was trying to find a way to connect New York City with the war of 1812. At first I only focused on the Naval perspective and found nothing. But then I was given a suggestion to research merchant ships, since New York City was a merchant port. I then found the story of General Armstrong and the Battle of Fayal, which worked. Basically this merchant ship, which came out of the New York City port is credited with stalling the British plans to invade New Orleans.
I plan on using what I have learned here in the future, for not just future class assignments (though I have learned a lot to help me with 485) but also in the job field. Which is slowly looming upon me….