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CAM Bulletin Number 4 - May, 1998
CAM Receives Two Interns Through Youth International Internship Program
CAM was successful in obtaining two interns from the Youth International Internship Program of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Canadian Museums Association with funding of $24,000. The interns undertook work from September 1997 to March 1998 focusing on the Distance Learning Program and database creation. Progress was made on databases for membership and Commonwealth museums, gathering information on Commonwealth and other international organizations and international funding sources, locating and examining museum literature that could be of value for the Distance Learning Programme and doing preliminary work on the Botswana proceedings.
Because of the international nature of the program, the interns spent a considerable amount of time in the UK, mostly in London, working on these activities. Appointments were made with Commonwealth and museum organizations to facilitate their research into NGO and Commonwealth affairs and to examine the international perspectives of museum organizations in the UK. Organizations in Ottawa concerned with international affairs were also visited. Extensive library research was done in the UK with the kind assistance of CAM UK members and other contacts. Much useful information was located and organized, although it also became clear that further research is necessary to complete the picture and locate more international museum publications.
CAM has applied for four internships in the coming year to work on GCAM (see Children in African Museums: the Undiscovered Audience - the Road to Discovery) and to do work on a Caribbean museum directory and at the Barbados Museum on a community exhibit partly in preparation for CAM '99. Indications are that we will be able to proceed with these programs.