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Suzanne Barber

Suzanne Barber

Internship Stories Suzanne Barber

 

CityLore, 2010

I did my internship in New York City at Citylore, specifically working on their City of Memory site. My main responsibility was to edit together severel tours, including one based on an Indo-Carribean neighborhood, the Mohawk Indian steel workers, and a Chinese-American neighborhood in Flushing, Queens. I also filmed some supplementary footage for the tours that I put together. In addition to my work with the City of Memory site, I also attended the New York State Folklorist's Folk Art Roundtable in Saratoga Springs, New York. There I was able to meet with and discuss topics pertinent to public folklore with some notable folklorists that I may not otherwise had the chance to talk to.

This internship, as a whole, challenged my media capabilities while allowing me to engage in the dialogue of representation and entitlement that is so central to public work and folklore as a whole. I feel privileged to have made the connections that I made and to have tangible products that I can show future schools and employers. Although there were certainly difficult and uncomfortable times during my work in New York, this too, was an informative look at the reality of public folklore work and allowed me to gain problem solving skills that I can use later in my career.

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