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HPU Senior Gains Museum Experience Through Internship

08.30.2010

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 30, 2010 – Ben Kern, a senior at High Point University, has been busy conducting museum research through his summer internship at the Zwaanendael Museum in Delaware.

Kern, who is majoring in history with minors in Spanish and Latin American studies, explains that the museum deals with the colonial history of the state with exhibits that vary from the Dutch heritage of Delaware to the maritime history.

“I have been responsible for research at the museum, as well as taking visitors on guided tours,” Kern says. “I also took part in special events.”

He says the research he is completing during the internship focuses on Native American cultures of Delaware and the interactions with early colonists in the state.

“The purpose of the research is to bring more life to the museum’s Native American exhibit by adding more information,” Kern says. “I have focused my research on two Delaware tribes, which are the widely known Lenni Lenape, and a local tribe known as Siconese. Both tribes were involved with the Dutch settlers.”

Kern says that while he will complete the bulk of the work during his summer internship, he will wrap up his research during winter break. But the overall experience this summer as opened his eyes to new opportunities.

“This internship has truly revealed how much work goes into creating the information for exhibits and tours in a museum,” Kern explains. “This experience has opened my mind to other career possibilities upon graduation. I feel very fortunate to have obtained an internship at Zwaanendael Museum, because I have been able to practice many important skills that will help further my career in history, such as interpreting primary documents and making presentations to groups of people.”

Kern says he hopes to eventually become a history professor, and he knows that his summer internship experience will help him to achieve that goal.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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