Student Name: Quinton Johnson
Major(s): History, Political Science
Program: Jackson Fellowship
Involvement Site: Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud
How did you find out about the program?
I found out about the Jackson Fellowship through my training as a Career Assistant in the Experience and professional Development Office!
What were your daily responsibilities? Describe a typical day.
I had a variety of responsibilities throughout my time as an intern, as I had requested a full museum experience. To begin with, I cataloged over one hundred books for the museum’s new database. Next, I would work with museum patrons to help them with their personal research, generally related to family research. Finally, I did research for the museum’s new World War I exhibit, and helped put much of the exhibit itself together.
What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? Could you provide some specific highlights
The new friendships and the experiences they shared. I met some of the most amazing people both within the group of fellows and during my work at the museum. Hearing their stories and understanding their backgrounds has been one of the most incredible aspects of my time as a Jackson Fellow. I was especially blown away by all of the amazing things my fellow Jackson Fellows were doing.
What were some of the challenges you faced during your experience?
I think the biggest challenge was navigating a new work environment, but it got easier. It’s always difficult going into an unknown work environment, but, as I got to know the staff and what my role at the museum was to be, this challenge was easy to overcome.
What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your experience?
The amazing connections and experiences I have made and had as a Jackson Fellow have blown me away. I was not expecting the extensive trainings and networking that I would participate in as a Fellow. It has truly given me more confidence in my networking skills.
How can you apply what you experienced as a Jackson Fellow to your future?
My experiences relate back to the classroom every day. As a History and Political Science Major, I have been able to use both the networking experience provided through Jackson Fellow trainings and historical research skills honed during my time at the museum.
What advice would you offer to future students who want to be involved in the program?
Utilize the Career Staff at the Experience and Professional Development Office! They can help you build your resume, write your letter, and practice for the big interview. I felt much more confident going into the application process knowing I had worked with the Career Staff.
Is there any additional information you would like to include about your experience?
The Jackson Fellowship is an amazing program that gives its fellows an incredible opportunity to make a difference in a variety of communities. It is an empowering program through which I was able to meet some of the most incredible people and students. I highly recommend that anyone thinking about applying does. Applications for this summer’s cohort can be submitted online by November 26, 2018: https://www.csbsju.edu/forms/ACVH6Y94X9