Managed by Volunteer Houston, the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program provides a $2,750 grant to 70 nonprofit agencies to hire exceptionally qualified full-time college interns for 8 weeks during the summer to provide essential services to the community.
Name: Cameron Taylor
The University of Texas at Austin
The Health Museum
Youth Volunteer Coordinator
What is The Health Museum’s mission?
Our mission is “To foster wonder and curiosity about health, medical science and the human body…,” states it perfectly. Health and medical science affects every single person on the planet, whether you’re taking aspirin to kill that headache or going through your first chemo treatment. Our desire is that people will be inspired to pursue a lifestyle that includes healthy choices, but also entice curiousness about the human body.
What are your internship responsibilities?
My primary function is to instruct and direct our high school volunteers as they interact with our visitors. Their tasks include greeting groups as they come in for field trips, interacting with the guests, operating our movie theater, and so on. Another important aspect of my job is to make sure all employees on the museum floor are on the same page, as sort of liaison between the front desk and the people behind the scenes.
How does your internship impact the Houston community?
If, at the end of the day, one of the visitors learned something new about themselves and their body, or looked a science with a new sense of relevance and importance, then I believe that would have a decidedly positive impact on our community in Houston. Curiosity for curiosity’s sake is a rarer and more valuable commodity than great wealth or personal ambition.
What is your favorite part about working at The Health Museum?
I love when the volunteers I instruct break free from the fear of being wrong. Usually about midweek, their confidence is great enough that they act without instruction and take initiative. That is really exciting for me.
What does your day consist of at The Health Museum?
Like any good job, I’m on my feet a lot, which I enjoy. Interaction with the customers is tantamount for a positive experience. I devote most of my energy to making their experience enjoyable, walking around the exhibits, greeting guest, playing with the children who come through. I think it’s easy to underestimate the power of positive interaction until we’re reminded via practice.