Dan Johnson’s
internship with hsd


This week, I am finishing a six-month internship with hsd. In that six months, I have learned about the field of museum design and have had the opportunity to work on some amazing projects.

During the first half of the internship with the interpretation team, I mostly assisted other members of the team on various projects. I conducted research for current projects and new tenders and travelled to sites to assess collections.

As a current PhD student at the University of York, it was fun and rewarding to see how my research skills worked in industry.  I learned a lot during the first half of the internship about the field in general and where my skills fit into the various projects.

Through the past three months, I have worked with the interpretation team managing image procurement and copyright permission for over 1000 images for a leading national museum in the U.S.

I worked closely with artworkers to find the best quality images to display. I learned a lot about the creative side of the field and what makes an ideal image to display within a museum. Working on this project also allowed me to have dialogue with a wide range of image galleries, archives, and private donors. I enjoyed seeing the project come together and working as part of the team.

Interning at hsd has been a fantastic experience that has solidified my desire to build a career in this field. Thank you to everyone at hsd for being so kind, friendly, and inclusive during my time here.

hsd Design and Content Manager, Lindsay McGuirk, said, “It’s been a pleasure working with Dan over the past six months. As a member of our interpretation team he has worked on a variety of projects, bringing great skill and dedication that will serve him well in his future career – we wish him every success.”