Short, but Sweet: Learning at Lord Cultural Resources
Last summer, a friend asked if I had ever heard of Lord Cultural Resources. He followed his question with the comment: “when I came across them I thought, this place is perfect for Shelby and all her history nerd-ness.”
After doing some research on the company, I vowed that I would complete my college placement there (indeed, it was THAT perfect). Despite my committed attitude, I wasn’t sure I would be lucky enough to secure a placement at Lord Cultural Resources because the internship programs are structured for those “seeking to build professional careers in the cultural resources sector.”
Technically speaking, I wasn’t looking to build my career in this particular sector (in all honesty, I had no idea it actually existed before reading about Lord Cultural Resources). Also, my schooling wasn’t in a program their interns usually hail from (Museum Studies). I am currently studying Public Relations but, I rationalized that my background in history- a degree from Western University- had to count for something. I was overjoyed when they invited me for an interview and then offered me an internship position. For six weeks, I would be a part of the Marketing department.
I’m sure some of you are sitting there thinking, “That’s great for you but, what exactly is Lord Cultural Resources?” Professionally speaking, it is “the world’s largest cultural professional practice, offering services such as exhibition planning; strategy and management; and facility planning.” Still not sure what this means? That’s okay, because this organization is a multifaceted powerhouse of talented people – who are the epitome of multitaskers – which makes it impossible to simplify what they do. Essentially, Lord Cultural Resources helps a wide variety of clients envision, plan, and implement procedures and practices to enhance visitors experiences at: museums, galleries, heritage sites, science centres, memorial sites, city spaces – I could go on forever because they do just about everything.
During my placement, I was given an in-depth briefing on the variety of services Lord Cultural Resources offers and was fully integrated into the daily operations of the office (despite my internship being a short 6 weeks, compared to the usual 2-3 months). The team, at the Toronto office, involved me on projects and encouraged me to voice my opinions and suggestions. It’s hard to believe that my time at Lord Cultural Resources has come to a close, but I am grateful for the opportunity and thankful for the skills and confidence I believe I can bring to a future employer.
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