Cultivating the Next Generation of Arts & Humanities Leaders in Los Altos and Beyond 

By April 16, 2020Blog

The Los Altos History Museum proudly welcomes back Humanities Mellon Scholars Ananya Khanna, Zahira Trejo, and Karen Quero for their spring quarter internships this week. Beginning Monday, April 13th, Ananya will continue her internship under the mentorship of Diane Holcomb, Outreach Coordinator, in marketing and public relations, and Zahira and Karen in museum collections and research with Dianne Shen, Collections Strategist.

Designed by the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District, the Humanities Mellon Scholars program is a transfer support program whose mission is to expose diverse populations of students to the advantages of interdisciplinary humanities education. Our intern scholars will each earn a Certificate of Achievement in Humanities and complete university transfer requirements. This unique program highlights the importance of liberal arts academics and nurtures our next generation of leaders in the arts space.

Ananya Khanna, Marketing Intern, is a second-year student at Foothill College. Some of her favorite projects thus far include designing program invitations, uploading the museum’s latest messaging on Facebook and Twitter platforms, and adding to the marketing and PR clippings binder.

Zahira Trejo, Assistant Registrar Intern, is a junior at De Anza College. Within her major field of History, she is interested in further exploring Chicano and Latino American Studies. Zahira plans to continue digitizing the LAHM Newspaper Archives, as well as begin an independent research assignment.

Karen Quero, Archivist Intern, is a junior at Foothill College. She has formerly assisted Elisabeth Ward, Executive Director, on a variety of archival projects such as the Museum’s textiles collection. She will undertake a new independent research assignment this quarter.

Some of our superstar interns have continued their careers with the Museum. Former intern, Alecia Thomas, was invited to extend her stay as a Collections and Research Assistant on a contract research assignment. Alecia’s meticulous work has been instrumental to the care of our permanent collection and resulted in the development of the Barbara H. Lindsay International Doll Collection.

The Museum is incredibly proud of all our inspiring young leaders who continue to make a difference in the Los Altos community and beyond. We look forward to their bright futures and accomplishments.

Contributed by Dianne Shen, Collections Strategist