Junior Amber Hudson spent a portion of her semester gaining more knowledge in an area she loves — history. Hudson has interned for the new local antique store Antiqology in downtown Huntington.
Hudson, a history major from Russiaville, Ind., has been job shadowing Adam and Rebecca Hanson, the owners of the store since November 2012. She has been spending the majority of her time learning more about City of Huntington’s rich history.
She has a wide array of responsibilities, but she works closely with the owners on historical projects for the Huntington community.
"Along with working in the store, I am also working on a project called the Historic Huntington Project," she said. "This project is researching previous businesses that were located downtown from the founding of Huntington until current times."
Hudson has been able to dedicate much time and effort to this project and thinks that the end result will be very beneficial to the community.
"We want to research the business background of Huntington in hopes of creating a self-guided tour of the downtown area with an application for smart phones using QR codes," she said. "This is a way of bringing more businesses and visitors to Huntington by instilling a sense of pride in the citizens by means of educating everyone on the deep and rich history this area has to offer."
This project specifically has given her hands-on experience in her area of study and will help her see more of the possibilities a future in the history realm has to offer.
"The internship has confirmed my desire to go into the field of history, whether that be working in a museum, historical society or even appraising or working with antiques,” she said.
Hudson has gained knowledge, specifically about history, but she has also acquired other valuable lessons.
"I have learned more about how small businesses function and all the details involved in making it successful," she said. "I have also learned that there are always stories behind artifacts. It is amazing what history can be held in something as little as a milk carton or a typewriter."
While the classes she has taken at HU have helped her, especially those helping familiarize herself with important historical concepts, her time at Antiqology has been a valuable experience which no classroom can offer.
"The skills that I have gained through my internship will help me go on to find a job after college, and dare I say, are even more valuable than most things I have learned while sitting in a classroom."
Hudson encourages students to use the Enterprise Resource Center (ERC) as a resource to help them seek opportunities just like hers and gain hands-on experience.
"I recommend students use the ERC to get an internship or job shadow that will help them know more about the real life of the major they are studying," she said. "Get out and talk to people who are in the field and get an idea what it really is you will be doing."
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