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A MUG n’ BUN Internship

My last day at the IMA did nothing for my stomach.

After a few last minute tasks in the morning, Meg, my internship mentor for the summer, and I strolled over to our escape vehicle from the great indoors. A single key, a nine-person van and one destination: MUG n’ BUN Drive-in.

Van ride to Mug N\' Bun

Most of the Marketing department decided to join us on our journey to Indianapolis’s west side. Some were hoping to relive memories of root beer and corn dogs, and others, like myself, to experience the glory of this drive-in for the first time. We were a sight to behold in our office regalia. We scarfed down the mountain of delicious food before us: Chocolate malts, fries, root beer, burgers, coney dogs, corn dogs and cole slaw. All morsels of an afternoon at MUG n’ BUN.

Crinkle Fries and Coney Dog

Suffice it to say, our tummies were not happy with us afterwards.

My summer at the IMA has been a revealing one. (Lesson #1: Don’t overdo it at MUG n’ BUN.) My knowledge of the museum world has grown, and I even learned a little more about myself. Gaining exposure to all departments of the Museum, by attending meetings, taking on a survey and marketing initiatives project, and getting to know the staff, has been a tremendous benefit of my few months spent at the IMA.

Some of the other interns I worked with are starting jobs or preparing for grad school. I’m heading back to Bloomington for my final undergraduate year at Indiana University and trying to figure out where I’ll end up after next May. However confusing the future may seem, the IMA has given me a whole new set of experiences from which to work. Being in the presence of so many people who are passionate about their job makes me happy I was along for the ride.

Filed under: Education, Marketing, Musings

2 Responses to “A MUG n’ BUN Internship”

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    Noelle Says:

    I would just like to add that this was an “educational fieldtrip.” We studied the marketing and design of MUG n’ BUN over our dogs and fries. Nicely done.

    We’ll miss you Sam!

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    Samantha, I’ve enjoyed your observations here. Earlier I mentioned to one of your colleagues at IMA, Despi, my thoughts on Isamu Noguchi’s pivotal developmental years living in Indiana as a typical high school student, graduating from LaPorte HS in 1922. His impressions of being a Hoosier schoolboy have been largely ignored until now. The NoguchiBlog,, has extensive references about this time he spent here, including his feelings and the lives he touched. Your experiences at IMA and at Indiana University could provide a unique, thought-provoking context for examining some of these issues further.
    Glenn Ralston

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