Stitching Success: How a Micro-Internship Led to New Passions

“I highly recommend the micro-internship program to other students because it is an excellent way to get your ‘foot in the door’ as well as exploring the potential career paths ahead of you,” said Sydney Huynh.

UNL student Sydney Huynh is pictured posing in front of a granite staircase in the Nebraska City Campus Union. Sydney is wearing a light green sweater vest and black dress pants.
Sydney Huynh pictured in front of a staircase in the Nebraska Union.

Huynh, a UNL senior majoring in Anthropology with minors in Ethnic Studies, Global Studies, and Psychology, participated in Career Services’ Micro-Internship program last semester.

The Micro-Internship & Mentoring Program is dedicated to providing paid internship opportunities to First Generation and underrepresented students.

Huynh’s micro-internship took place at the International Quilt Museum here in Lincoln. She worked in the collections department as a Collections Intern.

“I most enjoyed the opportunity of getting hands-on experience with well-crafted textiles from as far back as 200 years ago to the present day,” said Huynh. “I learned that I have an ardent passion in this career path. There is a lot of discussion and preparation required that takes about five years to plan for one single exhibit. Which makes me even more excited in continuing this pathway as there is a multitude of decisions to be made, but in a collaborative effort, where the ideal is to create something to spark conversations and invoke emotions.”

Sydney also used many of Career Services development resources to prepare her for post-graduation job searches.

“I used the Career Services resources in meeting with a Career Coach where they provided me with pamphlets on the next steps after graduation. They have the resources and information necessary to start the process, as well as possible connections to your dream school,” said Huynh.

Outside of her studies and internship, Sydney is also the Social Chair for UNL’s Vietnamese Student Association!

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By Gage Boardman-Allgood
Gage Boardman-Allgood