As an intern at the Prado Museum, I work in the Education Department which helps teach the public about the masterpieces found within this world famous museum. As a student studying art history at BYU, I feel so blessed to be working with the art I have loved and studied since high school. Looking back, it is easy to see that the Lord’s hand has guided me and allowed me work at the Prado.
In 2012, the Lord prompted me to serve a mission. I served in Peru and was able to learn Spanish. I learned to work hard and get out of my comfort zone and I am grateful everyday for the things learned on my mission. My ability to speak Spanish qualified me for this internship and allows me to work at the Prado with coworkers who do not speak English.
After completing my mission in February of 2015, I continued studying economics and art history at BYU and began to think of my future career options, knowing that an internship would help me find a job after graduation. I knew I should look into internship opportunities, but I was lazy and kept putting it off. Dating a nice boy at the time, all my time seemed to be consumed with dating him and I did the minimum workload in my classes. Do not do this girls! Do not let dating distract you from working hard and achieving your dreams. At the end of September, our relationship abruptly came to an end, leaving me hurt and devastated. As I prayed to the Lord, I asked why me? Rather than allow me to wallow in self pity, the Lord prompted me to get to work. I rededicated myself to my school work. I went to different activities held by the Art History department and talked to an advisor about my career options. At the beginning of October, I received an email about a meeting for humanities majors to discuss career options. Refreshments were provided, so I went.
At this meeting, an advisor discussed the importance of obtaining work experience through internships. He encouraged us to contact our department internship supervisors to look for internship opportunities. Right then and there, I sent a quick email to my supervisor, asking her if she had any information about available internships for the upcoming summer. A few days later she responded. She informed me that a student had done an internship at the Prado the year before. I sent her my resume and a cover letter and arranged an interview with the professor who would be arranging the internship. My interview went well–he said he would try to arrange an internship for me at the Prado.
I waited until March before receiving an offer for a position as intern at the National Prado Museum. As the internship is unpaid, I sought out funding for my expenses to travel and live in Spain. I fasted and asked to the Lord to help me find a way to pay for my trip to Spain. I applied for grants and scholarships and was blessed to receive 3 different grants from different departments at BYU.
I left for Spain May 27th and began work on the 31st. Working at the Prado has been incredible and very humbling. When I first arrived, they didn’t have any planned jobs for me to do. I had to follow people around and beg for tasks to do. My co-workers have been very kind and willing to explain to me the projects they are working on. The people here speak very quickly and I was humbled as I had to learn a different type of Spanish with new vocabulary and slang.
My experience in Spain has been incredible. I’ve been able travel around the country and see castles, cathedrals, paintings, sculpture, gardens and more. I’ve learned so much about Spanish history and have been blessed to meet some incredible people and make life-long friends. I am so grateful that the Lord guided me to this incredible internship. I’ve learned that the Lord is aware of my hopes, dreams, and interests and he wishes the best for me. Sometimes we get trapped into thinking that the Lord’s will only involves doing things we don’t want to do. We think that the only way we can learn is through trials and completing tasks that we would rather not do. Though trials are a part of our life, sometimes God allows us to do the things we’ve always dreamed of doing. He allows us to develop our talents and learn about things that interest us. God is good. God is loving and he knows us perfectly.
To young women who wish to have an experience similar to mine, I encourage you to pursue your dreams. Talk to teachers, friends, and family about different work opportunities. Pray for opportunities and then work hard and look for those opportunities. God will not just hand them to you. Develop your talents in areas that interest you and God will lead you to exciting places.
What are you doing now to prepare yourself for future opportunities?
How can you include the Lord and his guidance more fully in your efforts to achieve your dreams?