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Walking through history: My internship at The Henry Ford

April 15, 2011

Autumn Tangalakis is a media relations intern at The Henry Ford in Detroit, Mich., America’s largest indoor/outdoor museum complex. She’s also a PR intern at Eastern Michigan University and a member of the PRSSA‘s e-Board.

Autumn Tangalakis, media relations intern

Autmn Tangalakis

By Autumn Tangalakis

Many people wonder what its like to intern for The Henry Ford. My typical day starts at 9:30 a.m. My drive takes me about 40 minutes to get from Ann Arbor to Dearborn.

The first thing I do is the daily clips. These are the clips that mention the museum, local news and arts and entertainment. Lately, we have been clipping a lot of stories referring to the strike of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The clips are sent to everyone at the museum so they know what is going on in the area.

This is the only task that stays the same on a daily basis, and even then, I sometimes don’t have time to complete those. I have assisted with TV shoots for Detroit 1-8-7, interviews with reporters and curators and even a shoot with Ford Racing. I even met Trevor Bayne, the youngest person to win a NASCAR race. With the constant on-the-go needs of the job, it’s encouraged to wear business casual and comfortable shoes.

When interning for The Henry Ford, you don’t only work in the museum. I have also been assisting the social media manager with content for the blog posts she’s been doing on Greenfield Village. I have done everything from visiting the glass shop to watching the horses get new shoes.

Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion House

A futuristic housing prototype made by Buckminster Fuller sits on display in The Henry Ford.

How many people can walk around a museum all day? I love every minute of my internship. I have made so many contacts and expanded my network. I have also learned more about history and cars than I thought I would ever learn. My advice to anyone looking for an interest is to find a place that interests you.

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