Author Archives: Meredith

Assessment: Structural and Cultural Conditions

During my time interning at the Whitechapel Gallery, a number of structural and cultural conditions, both motivating and constraining, became apparent to me. Since I was working in the Development Department, the conditions affecting the Whitechapel that were most relevant to my team’s work were those to do with funding. With little to no revenue […]

Looking towards the Autumn

An exciting update… I got hired as a volunteer Education Assistant at the Museum of Brands and begin in September. The head of Education is new to the museum as well and has some great ideas about making the collection more interactive, so I’m excited to begin working with her and the rest of the […]

Something to grow on

As a way of assessing our progress this year, the internship team has asked us to each complete a GROW model, as we did at our first meeting in October. GROW stands for Goal, Reality, Options and Way Forward, and relies upon authenticity, realism, and the formation of concrete action points. To show my progress, […]

A new opportunity?

Yesterday, I sent a cover letter and my CV through to the Education department at the Museum of Brands for an Education Volunteer vacancy, and although it’s still several days before the deadline, I’ve already been asked to an interview! Although the position is unpaid and only one day a week, I’m realising that if […]

Realisations and Decisions

Since the beginning of this blog, I have applied for the following positions (to be honest, I may have forgotten a few…): A internship with the development department at the Whitechapel Gallery: success! A British Museum internship (through the KCL internship office): asked to interview, I withdrew my application due to time conflict with the […]

Mapping the future

For the past three years during my summers, I have worked with a London-based company that works with students and young people across the country to identify and raise their aspirations, and to equip them with some valuable tools to achieve their educational, personal, and career goals. For some reason, I had always thought of […]

It’s not just in the UK…

My parents back in the US sent me this article today: The Associated Press: Half of new grads are jobless or underemployed In the US, studies have found that: About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least […]


As anyone who is looking for employment in a foreign country knows, obtaining a visa is critical. Today I received permission from the Home Office to stay and look for work in the UK until 2014. Thanks to the fact that I studied for my BA in the UK, I was able to apply for one […]

The end of one chapter, the beginning of the next

Today was my official last day as an intern at the Whitechapel Gallery (I’ll be back in a couple of weeks to work at the annual Gala), and so to mark the closing of this period, I’ve updated my CV: I’ve added my Whitechapel experience and changed the look a bit so it’s easier to […]

Harvard Graduates in the Mail Room

This article in the New York Times speaks a lot to what Nick Wilson and Rosalind Gill have been discussing in their lectures about cultural work. The author writes about the phenomenon in Hollywood (that can be seen across the CCIs) of the well-educated graduate forced to do low-pay drudgery work for years before being allowed access […]