Meet Our Summer Interns: Gabby, Karina, Leah

Meet our summer 2021 interns! We look forward to sharing some of the great work they have been doing at the museum. Applications for fall internships are now open.

Gabby Swilley, Salisbury University

“My name is Gabby Swilley (she/her), and I attend Salisbury University as a psychology and art major with a minor in social justice. Originally, I was a graphic design major, but I realized after my first year that it was not my calling. I intend on going to graduate school to obtain a degree in art therapy. I am from Prince George’s County, specifically Fort Washington, MD. I enjoy reading and painting while discovering new music. I also run a small art business through Instagram. I will be working as the Education and Community Engagement intern this summer in the Education and Community Engagement Department with Emma Dreyfuss. Through this internship, I hope to gain the skills to combine my passion for art and helping different individuals from all walks of life. I also hope to gain administrative skills, building new relationships, and working with everyone involved with this program. This summer, I have been focusing on programs centered around art and wellness. I had the opportunity to work on a wellness kit activity centered around a piece of work here at the museum. So far, I have really enjoyed my time and I love the sense of community and the work that I am doing.”

Katrina Auza, Catholic University

“My name is Katrina Auza (she/her), and I am an upcoming senior at The Catholic University of America studying Business Administration with a minor in German Studies. I also have a concentration in HR Management, I look forward to gaining more hands-on experience with The Phillips Collection and meeting new people. This summer, I am working as an HR Intern for the Human Resources Department under Gwen Young. As of now, my work consists of researching policy changes within the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and starting on onboarding projects for the Phillips. This internship has been great because I am gaining hands on experience in HR and learning new things. I also love being able to work in person and walk around the museum.”

Leah Brand, George Washington University

“My name is Leah Brand (she/her), and I am a recent graduate from George Washington University’s Art History Master’s program. My focus of study was on the 19th and 20th centuries with an emphasis on gender and sexuality and the intersection of art and war. I am looking forward to being a part of the summer internship cohort. I am also excited for the opportunity to learn about the ways that museum visitors interact with the collection and how to potentially improve that experience. This summer, I am working in the Visitor Experience Department with Kristen Paral. I am working on analyzing the monthly visitor survey results in addition to special project data and creating detailed reports on those findings. I have also been formulating a new ‘at a glance’ format to present this information in an engaging and accessible way for all Phillips staff.”

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