Over the last number of years, Imaginosity has engaged with university students from throughout Europe and the United States of America through our very successful Internship Programme. The programme allows students studying subjects and areas relevant to children's education and children's involvement in the arts and sciences to learn valuable skills and gain experience over a period of time at Imaginosity. In return, we are delighted to welcome such diversity and experience to the museum and are thrilled to learn what we can from students from all over the world. Here, Lisa Stanislavski, a Pedagogy student from Germany, gives a short account of her time as an 'Imaginosity Intern' recently in the museum.
Overwhelmed by the briskly architecture and the variety of colorful and informative play elements on every floor, I started my 12 week internship with a very good feeling and an enormous amount of motivation.
Since the entire staff was so welcoming and caring, I felt appreciated from the very first second and got along great with everybody. After just watching my colleagues doing their daily jobs at the museum for the first couple of days and helping them keep the floors clean and tidy, I was allowed to help in the arts and crafts workshops or with the preparations of them. Although I was a little worried whether the kids liked me or not, every one of them accepted me right away and I had a blast teaching them about science or arts and crafts in the workshops. I was so honored to be able to organize the music camp with one of my colleagues and to be allowed to bring in my own ideas to make it a lifelong memory for the kids. Step by step I was introduced to the daily chores that need to be done in order to keep the museum as creative and special as it is and although I was 'just' an intern, I always had the feeling that I was able to bring in myself and my own ideas and that I was equally accepted and treated. During my stay in Dublin and my awesome experience of working at imaginosity, I had the chance to meet wonderful people and be part of wonderful place filled with creativity and laughter. Although it could be difficult on busy days to keep up with the schedule and the large number of visitors, the hard work paid off as soon as the kids thankfully smiled at you after a successful workshop, showing you the results with proud and joy.
After 12 weeks of fun, creativity, dancing, arts and crafts and loads of Birthday parties at the museum, the staff organized a goodbye party for me and 2 other colleagues. That was so thankful and I could hardly believe that 3 months could be over so quickly. Saying goodbye to the museum and the entire staff was heartbreaking, but I am sure I will be back some time soon.