Our Volunteer Programs and Education Associate, Sharleen Eusebio, recently sat down with one of our dedicated volunteers, Sarah Conner, and learned more about her time at the Museum. Sarah has spent the last year volunteering as a Collections Intern and recently started spending time as a Living with Animals Program Support volunteer.
How long have you been volunteering/interning?
I have been interning with Collections since last summer, and this summer will mark the end of my internship through San Diego State University. It has been an amazing learning experience and has helped me narrow my focus and potential specialization to collection preservation, archiving, or registration. While I will be ending my internship, I look forward to continuing my volunteer relationship with the Museum.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering at the Museum?
I’ve been loving my internship in Collections for almost a year now! Also, when Living with Animals finally opened and we were able to walk through and experience the finished product, I was blown away. As for the Living with Animals programs, I love seeing the guests’ expressions when they walk into the exhibit. From the papier-mâché animal hosts, to the animal and insect wall, to the diner, there is no part of the exhibit that does not invoke loving smiles, concerned head tilts, and expressions of awe.
How do you spend your time when you’re not at the Museum?
The majority of my time is spent on campus at SDSU. I am a senior majoring in History with a minor in French, and I’m also a manager at Barnes & Noble, as well as a part-time intern at the rare book collection at the SDSU library. I love to read, bake, dance, and watch HGTV and the History channel.
Do you have any favorite stories/memories/moments from your time here?
One of my favorite memories here at the Museum was an afternoon last summer when all the interns helped move a collection of rare books into Collections. It was incredible!
Also, my first Living with Animals program was working with the Little Angels Service Dogs and their dogs, Atom and Eve, who were so cuddly and intelligent. Two of the guests even took information to become foster parents! The interest and love for what Little Angels does for the community was wonderful to see and I can’t wait to see what kind of interest we can rally for the rest of the programs.
If you’re interested in volunteering at the Museum there are many ways you can get involved. From Tower Trekkers and Museum Ambassadors, to Craft Corner Volunteers, there’s an opportunity waiting for you! To learn more about our open volunteer positions, please contact Sharleen at firstname.lastname@example.org.