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Introducing new volunteer Caitlin Knight

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Introducing new volunteer Caitlin Knight

15 Sep 2014

A woman sits at a desk in front of a computer
Volunteer Caitlin Knight, from Charles Sturt University. Photo: Judith Hickson.

By Judith Hickson

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program's newest volunteer, Caitlin Knight, is helping staff at the National Museum with the Encounters project.

Here is Caitlin's story in her own words:

I'm Caitlin Knight and am currently completing work experience with the National Museum of Australia in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program. I am in my third year studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in history and English at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.

I've done a bit of work with the local Bathurst District Historical Society and wanted to expand my experience so decided to apply for some practical experience in Canberra for a week.

In the short time I've spent here I can already feel how valuable my time has been. I've spoken to numerous members of the team here, who are all friendly and eager to give the best description of their job and how they go about the tasks set. It has shown me how much and exactly what goes into producing exhibitions for the public and how they go about getting the visitors to interact with the histories.

I love how the museum seems to concentrate on telling the story of a particular person, group of people or the land and environment and how it all ties back in for the visitor as information to absorb.

At the moment the team is working on an exhibition due to come out next year, which I've been able to contribute to. I can see how the skills learnt from university are practically applied to such a job and the other skills you need to acquire to do the best job possible in these positions.

I've taken on this experience personally as (like other Arts students) I was unsure as to where my degree would lead me. To speak to professionals about the big exhibitions they research on a day-to-day basis that sometimes take years to produce for the public has been a great experience and has really helped me open up the options of what I can do with my degree.

This work experience has opened up the wealth of opportunities available out there for graduates if you're prepared to work hard and hold the passion for what it is you're interested in.

A man and woman sitting at a desk using a computer.
Assistant curator Jeff Theys talks with Caitlin Knight about some of the work of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program. Photo: Judith Hickson.

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