Newark resident Ama Amponsah recently completed an internship with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, where she promoted the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap with a series of blog posts.
“My favorite thing about my internship was learning about the origins of hip-hop music and how it’s more than a music genre, it’s a culture that’s constantly evolving to fit the shape of the people,” Amponsah said.
Amponsah served as a liaison between the museum and the Hip-Hop Time Capsule, a summer program for the Starr Center at Washington College’s Chesapeake Heartland Project, a collaboration between Kent County organizations focused on African American history.
Amponsah, a rising senior at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., earned her internship through the Explore America Summer Internship program, which placed 27 Washington College students at prestigious cultural institutions.
“This summer, I worked with other college and high school interns to create music tracks that help bring the older and younger generations together to appreciate the community,” Amponsah said. “I’ve also been working with Timothy Ann Burnside (a music curator at NMAAHC) and created blog posts to promote the Hip-Hop Anthology. This opportunity opened my eyes to history preservation in a way that I’ve never seen before.”