My last few days of the internship were in November and consisted mostly of grant-writing and final edits to the digital inventory, as well as a small break for a holiday party upstairs with some of my co-workers. To be honest, I really felt like the 120 hours had flown by and I was feeling kind of bummed to be leaving, although I had already spoken to Angela and Denise about the possibility of volunteering or working back there in the future. However, the last two weeks was filled with lots of good things, like a short break to visit the holiday party for library staff upstairs and eat some treats and an office-wide discussion of Roomba-like devices.
On the final day of my internship, Denise was kind enough to take me out for a little treat and we had our performance evaluation over milkshakes. After the short eval, we chatted about our experience in the library and archives world and Denise answered a lot my questions and was able to show me some valuable resources for continuing education post-graduation. We also talked a bit about the internship process at IUB, as Denise is working on the requirements for the library internship at IUPUI and wanted to see how other programs were structuring theirs. After our milkshakes, we headed back to the Archives and spent some time chatting with colleagues and finishing up work. It was a bittersweet feeling to walk out the University Library doors into the chilly evening air after I finished my last shift, as I was excited to not have to commute so much but sad that the whole process was over. I really didn’t expect to feel so connected to the Archives after only one semester of interning there, but I think that really speaks to the positive, friendly environment that they have cultivated there. I’ll publish another blog post with my final thoughts, but I left Indy that day both relieved to have the internship done (now on to graduation – yay!) and sad that it went by so quickly.