Bailey Sherrill ’18: Bringing history alive at the National Archives

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Every day, Bailey Sherrill ’18 helps bring history alive for hundreds of visitors to the nation’s capital. An intern with the National Archives Office of Education and Public Programming in Washington D.C., Bailey guides tour groups through interactive exhibits at the Boeing Learning Center at the National Archives; creates blog posts about the institution’s exhibits; and designs games and activities for young people. A history and creative writing major, she believes this opportunity, made possible through Pfeiffer University’s partnership with the Capitol Hill Internship Program, is a “match made in heaven.”

Bailey is taking every chance possible to apply what she’s learned at Pfeiffer to make the most of her internship experience. She cites a marketing course as a resource for positively promoting the National Archives; creative writing and public speaking courses for building rhetorical messages and confidence for leading tours; literature courses as sharpening the skills to write, edit and proofread exhibit copy; and advanced history courses as the foundation for designing board games that reflect historically accurate information.

“My supervisors know they can depend on me to successfully complete departmental tasks,” said Bailey. “I know this internship will only further enhance my skills—and uncover interests that determine a long-term career.”

Bailey, who is from Hiddenite, N.C., enjoys working with other “highly motivated college students” from across the United States, and has developed friendships with co-workers from Orlando, Fla., San Diego, Calif., and Buffalo, N.Y.—from large and small public and private institutions. Undoubtedly, however, she says her favorite part of the internship is talking to elementary school children about U.S. history.

“I love being the face of the National Archives for visitors—and making it a place that is warm and welcoming,” she said. “I’d advise anyone considering an internship to take a leap of faith and trust that no matter the outcome, the experience will be something of value.”