Student Musings – Sarah, Peter, Elora and Jennifer

This semester, we are happy to host four students from our local post-secondary institutions who are able to get hands-on experience in the workplace while offering valuable assistance where we need the help.  Read on to meet our four students, Sarah, Peter, Elora and Jennifer!

c2d6gqiukaeqm37My Name is Sarah Kalina and I’m a field placement student here at the museum. I am attending Durham College to complete my Library and Information Technician Diploma. Completing my field placement will wrap up my final requirement for graduation. I am here in the archives working under Jennifer. I have been tasked with reorganizing the photograph collection both physically and digitally as to keep specific subjects together. The biggest reorganization I have done is 294 photographs for the Lowry Lakeview Park collection. It is interesting to see how the picture collection is organized and reorganized and I am happy to be a part of the process.

All of the staff here at Oshawa Museum are extremely knowledgeable and welcoming. I am grateful for all of the information I am gaining just from being here let alone the skills I am developing/honing. I am excited for the rest of time here and the experience I will gain.


img_2118Hello, my name is Peter McKenzie.  I am an intern here at the Oshawa Museum, and a student/graduate from Trent University.  After graduating in 2016 with a degree in Anthropology, I am currently taking a one year Marketing and Entrepreneurship program at Trent Durham.  I have always enjoyed learning about various cultures and histories of the world, and once I heard that the Oshawa Museum was accepting interns, I jumped at the chance!  I’ve lived in Durham (specifically Whitby) for most of my life, yet have never really learned much of the area’s history.  Working at the museum, I get a chance to not only assist, but to learn about Oshawa’s history as I do so.

Ever since I began studying Anthropology, I have had my heart set on working in a museum, and the staff here has been very kind and accommodating to allow me a well-rounded experience.  So far, I have assisted in poster designs, podcast production, and artifact accession, with more plans in the future.  I have certainly been enjoying my internship here, and I look forward to the rest of my time here at the Oshawa Museum!


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My name is Elora Andrews and I am a student at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario, in the Library and Information Technician program. I am currently attending the museum for 8 hours a week and loving every minute of it. This museum is adorable and the archivists here are amazing and so much fun!

I am currently working on an e-book which I hope to have finished in a few weeks, so stay tuned!




Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetI am Jennifer Floyd, a second year student at Durham College in the Library and Information Technician program. As a placement student, I get to hang around the archive once a week and do some research – I promise it’s not as dull as it sounds. I get to learn about Oshawa’s past and help put together projects (publications, websites, etc) so others can learn as well. I’ve always loved history, and being able to mix that into my program at the college is a fantastic opportunity I didn’t think possible.

Since my placement is in the archive, I don’t have a huge opportunity to spend time in the museum itself. However, that’s where my favourite things are (that I’ve seen so far anyways). The museum has an amazing collection of clothing – dresses, suits, shirts, and, oh, the shoes! I could probably spend a few hours (read: days) with that collection.

I’ve only just begun my placement, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what else the museum and archive has to offer – there’s so much here, I doubt I’ll be able to see it all before I’m done.

Student Museum Musings – Helaina

By Helaina, Social Media Assistant Co-op Student

My experience as a co-op student here at the Oshawa Community Museum has been really good. I have learned so much during my five months here. Co-op is a different type of education, its hands on learning, it’s something that can’t always be provided for you at school. Co-op gives students a great opportunity to go out and work in the real world. I have learned about various different promotional techniques and skills here.

I was challenged with many different projects, but I loved working on all of them. I learned how to use programs like Photoshop, Moviemaker, and many others. All of the staff were so kind and welcoming to me here, I couldn’t have asked for a better placement. Unfortunately my semester is finished and I have to go back to full days at school. All I can say is that I had a great time working at the Museum and I will miss it next semester.

Sincerely, Helaina

Helping to decorate the tree in the Museum Shop
Helping to decorate the tree in the Museum Shop
Helaina working hard in the Archives
Helaina working hard in the Archives
21st Century Victorians - one of Helaina's last projects - here is a Victorian Selfie
21st Century Victorians – one of Helaina’s last projects – here is a Victorian Selfie
21st Century Victorians - Gangnam Style!
21st Century Victorians – Gangnam Style!
21st Century Victorians - YOLO
21st Century Victorians – YOLO


Many thanks, Helaina, for all of your hard work, creativity, and dedication this semester! We’ve all enjoyed working with you, and all the best for your future studies!

Student Museum ‘Musings’ – Kelley

After attending Co-op at The Oshawa Community Museum for just about 4 months I can honestly say that it was a great experience. I’ve learnt a lot in my short period of time being here with tasks ranging from learning how to give tours of the historical homes to learning different programs to create promotional videos and photographs. These tasks have taught how to effectively communicate with people and how to design in a suitable way with input and constructive criticism which I can now take with me to use in my everyday life. All in all being here at the Oshawa Museum was a great learning experience which allowed me to grow as an individual. I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to experience what it’s like in a work place, especially a workplace with such nice and welcoming people. I have no regrets or disappointments in taking Co-op at The Oshawa Community Museum and will miss coming every afternoon.

Thank you Kelley for all of your amazing work! We're going to miss you too!
Thank you Kelley for all of your amazing work! We’re going to miss you too!
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