17 August 2015back

Creative Internships Blog Week 42

Alexandra Roberts, National Museum Wales

As my ten month internship draws to a close I am trying to gather all of my experiences and successes to keep a record of how much I have learnt throughout my placement. The internship has been a great introduction into a career in arts fundraising, and Amgueddfa Cymru has provided me with the opportunity to learn about different areas of development. I have worked with each member of our development team to learn about what each person does and try my hand at different areas of fundraising. 

The past ten months of experience has started me on a career path I would not have found without the creative internships programme, and although I may be taking a slight detour from this path for the next year, I hope to continue working in arts fundraising when I return. 

The past 10 months working with my business mentor, arts mentor, Arts & Business and the NMW Development Team have confirmed how important it is to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Through writing these blogs, having various monthly meetings, and mid-point meetings, I have realised that taking a moment to think about my experiences has made a big difference to how I feel about them. This is exactly what I plan to do. I am taking a year out to go travelling and reflect on the past year and what I enjoyed the most, and more importantly, see where I want this experience to lead me. 

Working at Amgueddfa Cymru has been an amazing experience. The Development Department have been so welcoming and have made sure I get the most out of the experience, and the museum as a whole has been such a great place to work. Both the museum and the development team have had some amazing successes over the past year, and it has been great to be a part of it. I look forward to seeing how the redevelopment project at St Fagans looks when I return to Wales next year!

This is now my last blog of the internship, and I want to say a huge thank you to Arts and Business for having me as an intern and for looking after all of us interns so well. I am sure the Creative Internships programme will continue to grow and succeed in training the next generation of arts fundraisers. Good luck to all the new interns!

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