Sydney Muchnik (PhD, Genetics)

Describe your project:

During the fellowship period, I helped out with several aspects of the operations of the Student
Programs Office. My work mainly consisted of three projects: 1) organizing two Science Café
events, which are interdisciplinary science conversations designed for a general audience, 2)
helping to manage a summer internship program for undergraduates, and 3) designing an
outdoor puzzle-based natural history activity.

What are the main skills that you acquired?

During the internship, I learned a lot about the structure of the Peabody Museum and the
operations of the Student Programs Office. I gained skills related to event and activity planning,
program management, and developing creative, educational natural history activities. I also had
the opportunity to meet a lot of Peabody Staff members and learn about the range of careers
that are possible within museums.

What were the biggest challenges and learning opportunities of the fellowship?

The biggest challenge of this internship was the virtual format – most of the work of the
Student Programs Office is very focused on in-person programs and activities at the Peabody,
so really getting involved in the work and being productive in the online format was a
challenge. However, my mentors were super helpful and I was able to learn and accomplish a
lot during the fellowship.