A Summer at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture: Grad Student Becomes a Part of History

Thousands of applications were received and Porsha Dossie was one of twenty-four chosen to intern at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. As the Curatorial Affairs intern, Dossie created content for two video installations for the museum, and helped to facilitate a lecture series for interns at a National Parks Site in St. Croix, which allows scholars and cultural professionals to mentor the interns in public engagement, oral histories, and other relevant skills for the field. She also researched and developed a media packet for The Atlantic magazine about the Jones Hall Simms House and the historically black community of Poolesville, Maryland. Porsha was also invited to attend the staff preview in September.

As a History graduate student, Dossie currently serves as a docent for the Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation 1865 and March on Washington 1965 exhibit hosted by the UCF Public History program. The exhibit was developed by an NMAAHC curator, which culminates in a full-circle experience in professional development, research and historical interests for Dossie.

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