As a Summer 2008 intern, Becky Esman researched the psychological effects of internment on Japanese Americans during World War II. She was a double major student in History and Psychology at the College of William and Mary. During her internship, Becky also initiated the Smithsonian APA Program’s e-newsletter together with another intern, Amanda Andrei. Becky was also a talented graphic artist. She designed many of the APA bookmarks and brochures for traveling exhibitions and initiatives. Even after her internship, Becky continued to serve as the editor of the InformAsian e-newsletter until it was taken over by the Multimedia Specialist.
Becky’s favorite memory was an office field trip to the Smithsonian’s 2008 Folklife Festival. Bhutan was a featured program that year and the APA Program enjoyed visiting the temple that was erected on the National Mall, seeing the dance performances, observing the archery demonstrations, and eating the fantastic food.
Becky’s advice to future interns is to have fun. She affirms that her internship experience at the APA Program “was fantastic because the people in the office were so friendly and welcoming, and they encouraged me to explore the museums and go to intern events. You get a good amount of freedom, so use it!”
Since graduating in Spring 2009, Becky has worked for an immigration law firm in Reston, VA as a paralegal. Becky will be starting Georgetown Law this fall and hopes to study constitutional, civil rights, and patent law. She is currently planning her July 2011 wedding to her college sweetheart Tim. The APA Program is especially grateful for her invaluable contributions and congratulates Becky on her magnificent accomplishments!