Lauren’s landed a big gig in the big smoke

By Riverine Herald

LAUREN Dolan’s bags are packed and dad’s going to be watching the kids for a couple of days.

She’s counting her lucky stars after finding out she’s one of four people to gain an internship with the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

Currently the functions and retail officer at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, Lauren made it through a highly competitive application process to experience the inner workings of a large museum.

She’ll spend eight days in Sydney, learning how the museum operates, and learning about the broad variety of functions of a large museum.

While the date is yet to be pinned in March next year, Lauren said she’s keen to learn as much as possible.

“It’s really exciting to get the opportunity to learn from it — even just to hang out in the museum buildings is amazing,” she said.

“I’m keen to see how the museum works in the back end, of what tactics are working and what aren’t.

“They’re really big on international visitors — and while we know we can’t draw their crowds to Echuca — we’ll be looking at aspects we can draw on and use here.”

The internship will take Lauren into areas such as retail space within museums, retail ordering, creating an online store, kids’ activities and function/event coordination.

“I’ve worked at the discovery centre for four years and it’s a great atmosphere with a great group of staff,” she said.

“And so I’m just hoping to bring as much knowledge back as possible and be able to implement it in Echuca.”

The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Department of Communications and the Arts.