Working at the NY Historical Society

This year, starting in November, I interned in the Education Department of the NY Historical Society. Throughout this internship, I gave tours, researched artifacts, and helped prepare public school students for the history portion of this year’s regent exams by tutoring them, giving 1 on 1 tours, and helping host review nights at the museum.  My work at the NY Historical Society introduced me to a multitude of amazing students from around the city, as well as offering a really rewarding experience by allowing me to meet and help out students who needed help studying.

Sofia’s Service Reflection

In the fall, I worked for a close family friend who conducts interviews for various types of research. My task was to translate an audio recording of an interview she conducted in Italy on hemophilia. I had to listen to a 3 hour audio recording, and type a translated manuscript (from Italian to English). Listening to the interview was so interesting, as she spoke to a hemophiliac, his mother, brother, and his doctor. I had very little to no knowledge on the disease, and I was able to learn about the actual science behind it, on top of the experience that so many adults and children with hemophilia go through. I would most definitely translate another interview, as it felt really great to contribute to research on such an important disease and to learn so much while doing so.

Sofia’s YPI Reflection

My group and I chose the topic “LGTBQ Youth” for our YPI project. Originally, we were planning on doing the LGBTQ Community as a whole, but decided on focusing on the youth in order to have a more personal experience while working on the project. I learned not only many alarming facts and statistics that had to do with teen bullying, discrimination, and even suicide related to the LGBTQ community, but also heard many personal stories and ways to prevent these events. My group chose to partner with an organization called GLSEN http://www.glsen.org/ . This non-profit helps educate both adults, teens, and children in schools about LGBTQ Youth and the discrimination they face. They offer programs and lessons to help provide each LGBTQ Youth member a friend or adult that they know they can trust and talk to if needed. When meeting with the New York City chapter’s executive, Eliza, we discussed how the $5,000 grant could be used and who it would benefit. We concluded that it would be best to use the 5k to create programs to educate parents and help build a safer environment at home, as that is where most teens spend their time. I learned a lot from this project, and feel that it really benefited me socially and made me realize how much I can do to help the community. My group and I plan on keeping in touch with GLSEN.