玛丽亚 BetancurClass of 2020 • Colombia
- Explore America Internship
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玛丽亚Betancur’s search for colleges with exceptional 历史 程序s led her right to America’s oldest chartered college. But even her professors at Washington College could not have predicted the extraordinary experiences this Colombian-born woman would have—a summer internship at the Smithsonian’s Luce Foundation Center for American Art funded by the Starr Center’s Explore America internship 程序, a fully-funded trip to study at the American University of Paris, and a double major in 历史 and French studies that would culminate with two senior capstone projects exploring France’s complicity in the Holocaust and the government’s brutality against Algerian protesters rallying for independence in 1961.
Since her freshman year, Betancur has known she wanted to work in museums. 她的经历 at the Smithsonian’s Luce Foundation for American Art solidified her commitment to museum work and narrowed her field of interest to public 程序ming 和教育. That summer, she led sketching groups, helped out with the concert series, and created her own 30-minute tour about three lesser-known 19th-century artists.
Her career options have now expanded to include museum work abroad.
In 2019, 玛丽亚 became Washington College’s first recipient of Pi Delta Phi’s prestigious Yedlicka Scholarship, awarded by the national French honor society to just four exemplary college students who want to study in France or Canada. The scholarship covered the cost of tuition, room and board, and most travel expenses for the six-week summer 程序.
During her trip, in addition to exploring Les Invalides where monuments to France’s unsavory military 历史 are tucked away, 玛丽亚 visited the Eiffel Tower, spent her birthday at Monet’s home in 给rny, and walked every inch of the Louvre.
“I took an art 历史 class, ‘Paris Through Museums,’ that never met in a classroom. We were always out in the museums,” 玛丽亚 says. “I saw pretty much all of the Louvre, which is impossible if you are just 度假.”
第一年最喜欢的课程“Making Meanings Through Museums"
A first-year seminar gave 玛丽亚 a glimmer of her future career path. 合作 with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street project and Summer Hall, students in this class helped develop exhibits 和教育al 程序s that highlighted local labor 历史, with a special emphasis on the experiences of African Americans 肯特郡. 玛丽亚 had found her calling.
第二年在实践中学习 Smithsonian’s Luce Foundation Center for American Art
Through the Starr Center’s Explore America summer internship 程序, 玛丽亚 solidified her commitment to museum work and narrowed her field of interest to public 程序ming 和教育. She led sketching groups, helped out with the concert series, and created her own 30-minute tour about three lesser-known 19th-century artists.
With scholarship funding from Pi Delta Phi, the national French honor society, 玛丽亚 spent six weeks at the American University in Paris. As part of an Art 历史 class, she says, “I saw pretty much all of the Louvre, which is impossible if you are just 度假.” And she focused on improving her fluency in a class on French Immersion 和文化.
As a double major in 历史 and French studies, 玛丽亚 developed two senior theses focused on France and World War II. During her trip abroad, she visited several significant sites, including the museums and monuments of Les Invalides relating to France’s military 历史. Her visit to the Holocaust Museum and Memorial “absolutely devastated me.”