Smithsonian internship helps Emily Cranfill '15 pursue her passion for history

Emily Cranfill

Since Emily Cranfill ’15 was in eighth grade, her goal has been to work at the Smithsonian. Halfway through her first year at Gettysburg College, Cranfill found out she would have the chance to live that dream sooner than she thought.

In January, she was selected for the American Political Items Collectors (APIC) Mark Jacobs Internship at the Smithsonian Institution, a six-week position that allowed her to work closely with the curator (Dr. William Lawrence Bird, Jr., pictured below with Cranfill) at the Political History Division of the National Museum of American History (NMAH).

Originally from Kokomo, Ind., Cranfill is pursuing a major in history and a minor in writing. The summer internship she was awarded allowed her to pursue both areas of study, while enabling her to acquire new skills and relevant work experience.

The majority of her work at the Smithsonian focused on an upcoming exhibit that explores presidential campaigns and voting procedures throughout American history. The exhibit, tentatively titled “Democracy,” should be on display at the NMAH in 2015.

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