On the 1st of June 2015, the Lahore Museum opened one of its wings in the Tollington City Heritage building to house the Inheriting Harappa Internship Programme whose primary objective has been to learn, study and engage creatively with all things related to the Indus Valley Civilization.
This non-stipendiary internship was for a period of three months, from June to end of August 2015. Our interns came from ten different institutions, mostly based in Lahore. These institutions were:
- Lahore College for Women
- Naqsh School of Arts
- Beaconhouse National University (BNU)
- Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
- Government College
- Kinnaird College
- Punjab University
- National College of Arts (NCA)
- Quaid-i Azam University, Islamabad
- Islamia University, Bahawalpur
These student-interns brought with them a diverse set of skills drawn from their academic training in fine art, textile and graphic design, photography, history, archaeology and anthropology. Our major criteria for selecting interns was based on two attributes: one, drawing skills and two, a love for history.
Uzair Rashid, BFA Graphic Design (Final-year student), Islamia University Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur
I am Uzair Rashid. I was intern an in the Summer Inheriting Harappa Internship from June-Aug 2015.I thoroughly enjoyed my internship this summer and have gained valuable experience. I found the environment there very supportive. Mentors and teachers were creative and experts in their field. Things that I learned were those which cannot be taught in a classroom. These require real world experience. In the beginning, I was dreading it, but now I am so happy that my college instructor encouraged us to do this internship. I learned more than I ever expected and appreciated this opportunity. It definitely developed my knowledge on the subject. I loved the team of people I worked with and because of the friendly environment, I learnt a lot from my peers. What I’ve learned most during my time here was time management, you must manage your time so that you can accomplish your tasks on time and correctly. It has been a tremendous experience, a chance to develop skills and reach toward goals on a scale which would not otherwise have been available to me. I believe this was the only place that provides young students such a unique opportunity. I am very thankful to have been given this opportunity.
Labana, BFA Fine Arts (Final-year student), Lahore College for Women, Lahore
The Internship program did not only provide me an opportunity to display my artistic skills but also helped me improve my team building skills. The best part of this program was to be able to interact with fellows from different disciplines and institutes.
Farhan Ali, BFA Fine Arts (first-year student), Government College, Lahore
The overall experience was really good as I learnt many new informative and interesting things about Inheriting Harappa, its culture etc. The method which they used like group work, collaborative learning and project work helped me to improve my social communication skills. I am really thankful to Lahore museum and Inheriting Harappa Project for taking the initiative for such a beneficial internship that will helps us in many spheres of our life.
Hajra Ahmad, BFA Fine Arts (First-year student), National College of Arts, Lahore
This was a great opportunity to be a part of this internship program. And I am sure that it will play a very healthy role in my professional future. In these few months I learned absolute knowledge about the oldest civilization. The whole program was theoretical cum practical. It was really an awesome experience.
Wafa Akhtar, BA in Textile Design, Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore
Inheriting Harappa Internship Programme was a team work to sustain our roots and culture. We made our efforts to recognize it, understand it, value it, and develop a framework that involves examination of our own cultural roots. It helped us to gain the self-awareness to enrich and clarify our sense of identity. The Internship Programme not only provided a prestigious area to work in, to gain experience, and improve our skills but also shaped our personal identity through presentations, discussions, research, and REDISCOVERING. In these times of worldwide upheaval and change, sustainability of culture is a challenge. To promote sustainability, cultural identity development can and must be taught by educational institutions to prepare youth for success in the ever-changing world.
Nael Najam, BA, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore
The summer internship program offered by UNESCO/IFPC co-sponsored Inheriting Harappa Project in collaboration with the Lahore Museum was a unique experience and I was fortunate enough to be a part of it. It gave me the opportunity to actively contribute to an exhibition that successfully established a connection between the people of Pakistan, especially the younger generation and their heritage. The internship not only allowed me to grow academically but also personally as I was working with individuals from different backgrounds on various tasks that were assigned. Teamwork and effective communication played a key role in achieving our weekly goals. Overall, my perspective about the significance of the Indus Valley civilization definitely broadened after the internship.
Hasna Shafi, BFA Fine Arts, Beaconhouse National University (BNU), Lahore
I am glad to have been a part of this internship, as I gained ample knowledge about our own land which has such amazing history which many people are unware off. It was a pleasure meeting such great people and mentors who guided us throughout the program which helped me learn through their experiences which was an honor for me. I consider myself lucky to have been a part of this exhibition.
Aamna Nadeem, MA Archaeology (final-year student), Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
I had a really fruitful internship. I feel so lucky to be the part of this internship program with Lahore Museum. Starting from the first day of my internship, I already had a lot of engagements to work with and all these help me to learn quickly. Everyone really helped me to finish the tasks quickly. I hope I can work with them again in the future. The best thing about this internship is that I have learned and practice most of the knowledge and skills acquired during my masters degree. I feel grateful to have had this unique opportunity in a great organisation with friendly and welcoming people.
Samreen Fatima, MA Fine Arts, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore
Inheriting Harappa Project” indeed a very good learning experience and to working under the guidance of the great teachers like Dr. Tehniyat Majeed and Miss.Zeb Tariq, I felt that before this internship program, I was never much attached to my Harappan history like this. My work on display in this outstanding exhibition and being able to be a docent in the Docent program were an additional bonus for me. Thank You so much for giving me the chance to experience this great time.
Anosh Nadeem Butt, BA Architecture, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
As an artist-intern my learning curve escalated due to the intrinsic connection of the internship with our history, culture and society. It further increased because of working with newer materials such as clay for model making. This internship had a specialty that being part of groups, interns were working on different projects simultaneously, hence under one roof it was possible to learn from different projects at the same time. The academics and coordinators have been really helpful in the entire process.