nycloistersHistory/art history double major one of only eight summer interns selected.

Minna Nizam C’17, whose goal is to be a museum educator, is interning this summer at The Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.

One of only eight students nationwide selected for the internship, Nizam prepared for her responsibilities, which include leading tours and working with students attending summer camp at The Cloisters, through workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her favorite piece in the collection? The famous Unicorn Tapestries.

“I love working with children, so this job is a dream come true! Not only am I at one of the world’s best museums, I’m also teaching young kids about the Middle Ages, a topic I am very passionate about,” Nizam said.

Nizam, a history/art history double major and a European studies/medieval studies double minor, prepared well for her work with The Cloisters. While at Drew, she also interned at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts and at the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, and participated in Drew’s Vicus Martis Tudertium Field School in Umbria, Italy, which studies and excavates an ancient town. Nizam is also a member of Drew’s That Medieval Thing, a student club.

She practiced her interview skills with Professors Kimberly Rhodes and Rita Keane from the art history department, who also wrote her letters of recommendation.

“My goal as a museum educator is to work at a large museum like the Metropolitan and make sure students from urban, low-income areas can visit and expand their imaginations beyond their textbooks,” Nizam said.