Meet our 2019 Summer Interns: Mary Pedraza and Madeline Hultquist

The Block Museum is proud to continue its paid summer internship program by welcoming Mary Pedraza and Madeline Hultquist this summer. As part of the Block Museum of Art internship program, our students are conducting directed research on works of art in the permanent collection, assisting with registrarial research, and working with our new collection database.  All Block Museum interns take part in a Summer Seminar series in which they meet regularly with museum staff members for discussion and a behind-the-scenes look at museum careers.

Hello! My name is Mary Pedraza and this summer I am the Block’s Registrarial Intern. I am a senior from Lake Carroll, Illinois studying Political Science and International Studies. Outside of class, I work at the University Archives as well as at Vans shoes. I play tenor saxophone in the Northwestern University “Wildcat” Marching Band, am a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, and I spend my free time watching Cubs baseball. I love archiving in libraries and museums and after Northwestern I will attend graduate school to study library science. Thus, I find myself in this wonderful internship where I explore both of those interests. I could not ask for a better place to find myself this summer and am excited to continue working at The Block.


I’m Madeline Hultquist, and I am a rising junior at Northwestern. I am an anthropology major focusing in archaeology and an environmental policy and culture minor. This summer I am the Block Museum’s undergraduate curatorial intern, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to learn and work with the curators and staff here. Growing up, I always loved going to all types of museums both here in the Chicagoland area and also all over the world when traveling. Some of my favorite art museums include the Art Institute of Chicago and the Musée D’Orsay in Paris. During my first year of college, I took a few art history classes and realized my love for museums and for art could potentially translate into a career path. As a student with an interest in archaeology and anthropology, curation interests me as a way to incorporate historical artifacts, present-day creations, and the unique perspectives of different people in a way that engages and interacts with the public. The Block’s internship is graciously allowing me to explore the field and also learn about different career opportunities present in a museum setting.

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