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12-11-2011


University of the Cumberlands student earns internship through AIKCU

 


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Kyla Fitz-Gerald (Lexington, KY), a student at University of the Cumberlands (UC), has secured an internship with the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, Ky. through the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU).

Kyla will begin her internship in January and will be working with collections, digitizing records, and data entry. Fitz-Gerald learned about this internship opportunity when Richard Wilson, the AIKCU intern coordinator, came to UC. After having the opportunity to talk with Wilson about the internship, Kyla applied for the position and then interviewed with the museum intern supervisor.

“The museum position is a little more competitive than the other positions AIKCU offers so I’m very honored to be chosen,” said Fitz-Gerald. “I really wanted this position because I need the museum experience. I plan on going on to get my Master’s Degree in Anthropological Archaeology, with the hope to work in a museum one day. The connections and learning experience this internship will provide will be invaluable to my future career.”

Kyla will be graduated from UC in May 2012. During her undergraduate career at Cumberlands, she has been very involved in numerous extra-curricular activities. She has been involved with the theatre and chorale programs as well as volunteered her time with Mountain Outreach. Currently, she is the president of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society, and has presented her works at the Phi Alpha Theta regional convention.

When asked about her time at UC Kyla said, “I love UC because of its size and the opportunities it has offered. Seeing how people were sad to see me leave campus early this year has made me realize how close I have come to the people here at UC, including all my professors and supervisors. You don’t get those kinds of relationships at a big university.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.