Summer 2013: Julie Zaborowski: 9-11 Tribute Center
Julie piecing together the gallery.
Julie Zaborowski, a College of Saint Benedict Senior, Humanities major, experienced an opportunity of a life time over the summer of 2013. Julie interned at the 9-11 Tribute Center in New York, NY. She worked as the Education and Exhibit Intern where she served as a tour guide to visitors from around the world and gathered visitor cards. Visitor cards varied from personal experiences to poetry to even notes written to family members lost in the tragedy. During her internship, Julie used the visitor cards to create an exhibit in the gallery of the Tribute Center. While at the 9-11 Tribute Center, Julie often found herself as part of a support system to those who had been personally affected by 9-11.
Julie says, "The most beneficial aspect of my internship was learning about 9-11 and the effects on our country and world. It was also a great experience because I was able to meet and talk with those who were there. It was also an amazing experience to work inside a non-profit and see how they work." When asked, "What was the most surprising aspect of your internship"?, Julie answered, "when a group of university students from Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt came to the Tribute Center and had a discussion about 9-11 with them. This was very memorable because many of them knew very little or nothing about 9-11."
Julie was able to relate her experience back to the classroom by learning more about the past as well as others' perspectives on this world changing event. This internship helped Julie gain an understanding of the world as well as the current events happening in it. Julie said the most memorable event during her internship experience was, "when we went on internship excursions to different museums in NYC, and went to the National Museum of Jewish Heritage and had a tour from a Holocaust survivor. It was an amazing tour and experience of someone who was willing to talk about horrible experiences and how he could go on and live life afterwards."
To close her internship, Julie's final task was to research visitor responses that could be used in future Tribute Center marketing campaigns. Julie both encourages and advises future interns to, "make the best of the opportunity, ask lots of questions from everyone you work with, work hard, and you will have a great experience."