Jane at the Field Museum


Name: Jane

Year: Senior

Major(s): Cultural Anthropology


CFS Program: Field Studies in the Humanities

During my freshman year at Northwestern, I decided to take a special topics Anthropology course on site at the Field Museum. Even during high school I knew I wanted to have a career in the world of museums, but this class was the moment it felt like a real possibility. Fast forward three years later and I’m working with Paleontologists and Designers as the Exhibitions Development intern at the Field Museum of Natural History.

Currently, I am helping the Exhibition team research the 2018 summer exhibition Antarctic Dinosaurs. Whether it be through determining which Antarctic penguin species is best suited for a photo opportunity in the museum, researching what the interior of a C-130 plane looks like, or adding Cryolophosaurus bones into the exhibition event’s database, I am able to engage fully as a learner as well as a developer. Although I may not even be in Chicago when the exhibition opens, watching the growth of the project (even for a few weeks) has been electric. So many different departments from across the museum collaborate all for the sake of the visitor’s experience, I am very thankful I get to be a part of that creation.