Lincoln University Partners with The Barnes Foundation to Offer Summer Internship

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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Lincoln University is partnering with The Barnes Foundation to offer a summer internship program. The 10-week program, which began the first week of June and continues through the second week of August, enables students to work with museum professionals on projects related to the student’s academic interest. The internship program, which pays for housing and living expenses, was launched this summer thanks to a generous gift from Pamela Bundy ’84, who also serves as a Lincoln University representative on the board of The Barnes Foundation.

Students in the cohort are assigned to Barnes’ departments based on the student’s areas of preference. Students have a comprehensive range of options within the institution — from the arboretum, to collections, to public programs, to finance and administration. Each week, interns conduct enrichment activities as a group that complements their specific projects. This program is a unique opportunity to work with mentors, cultivate job-ready skills, and gain valuable experience in a professional setting.

Students selected for the inaugural summer internship program are from Lincoln’s visual and performing arts program. Through a competitive application process, the three students selected — Brittany Longshore, Whitney McQueen, and Aaqila Youngblood — will be housed at Moore College of Art and Design, immediately across the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the Barnes' downtown campus. Stephanie Stern, K-12 programs assistant manager, will organize the internship program the Barnes.


Pamela Bundy '84 (left) and Interim President Richard Green

“Lincoln students cited funding as the primary barrier for participation [in an internship],” stated Blake Bradford, director of the Lincoln University-Barnes Foundation museum studies program and visiting assistant professor. “My hope is that Lincoln will have more funding for this program in the future, enabling Lincoln students to participate in internships at the Barnes as well as at similar programs at museums across the region and beyond.”

Longshore will work in the retail department two days per week with Julie Steiner, director of retail operations. Longshore will work in tandem with McQueen to improve the online retail site. One additional day per week, Longshore will work with Shara Pollie, senior director of development, on a variety of projects, including helping to write and design the annual report about K-8 education programs for funders.

McQueen will also work in the retail department two days per week with Julie Steiner. She will help to improve the online retail site and taking photos of merchandise and making the images ready to be posted online.

Aaqila Youngblood will work two days per week with the education department with Dr. Martha Lucy, director of education and public programs. Youngblood will create a database showing when each Barnes artwork was researched or written about in a scholarly text. She will also create a database of art history faculty at local colleges and universities.

“This is a very important component to the overall mission of the museum studies program for our students,” stated Richard Green, Lincoln University interim president. “It provides the hands-on, practical experience Lincoln students need to compete in this industry.”

All interns are also required to complete a capstone project, which includes a presentation and a narrative summary of what they did and what they learned. ​

ABOUT LINCOLN UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University (PA) is the FIRST of four Lincoln Universities in the world and is the nation’s FIRST degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The University combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society. Today, Lincoln, which enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women, possesses an international reputation for preparing and producing world-class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the FIRST African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Lillian Fishburne, the FIRST African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy; Langston Hughes, the noted poet; Kwame Nkrumah, the FIRST president of Ghana; Nnamdi Azikiwe, the FIRST president of Nigeria; Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, the FIRST female Prime Minister of Namibia and a myriad of others.

ABOUT THE BARNES FOUNDATION

The Barnes Foundation (barnesfoundation.org) was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the world’s finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine, and Giorgio de Chirico; works by American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin, and Maurice Prendergast; old master paintings; important examples of African sculpture; Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles; decorative arts and ironwork; and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia. While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged in ensembles structured according to light, line, color and space—principles that Dr. Barnes called “the universal language of art.” The Foundation’s programs include First Fridays, young professionals nights, tours, tastings, and family programs, as well as Barnes-de Mazia Education Program courses and workshops. These programs advance the Foundation’s mission through progressive, experimental, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.