Criminal Justice Student Chosen as First-Ever Intern for Gardner Museum Art Heist

Just about every resident of Boston has heard of the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist Case—the largest unsolved art theft in history. However, not everyone knows about the investigators behind the case, including one of Mount Ida’s own criminal justice alumni, Darcy Peabody ‘13.

Landing the impossible internship

In the Fall 2012, Peabody worked alongside Anthony Amore, Director of Security at the Gardner Museum, in the ongoing investigation to recover thirteen priceless works of art that were taken more than two decades ago. She was the first-ever Investigative Intern because of her “incredible work ethic and unmatched drive” as described by Amore.

“Darcy came to me in the fall 2011 to talk about her Honor Scholars project on the theft,” recalled Amore. “The following summer, she talked to me about internships and I suggested that she intern here. I knew she was the right person for the job and told human resources, ‘if you don’t choose her then I don’t want to have an intern.’”

Individualizing career paths

“Darcy has brought order to chaos and refined processes that used to be unimaginable for one person,” stated Amore. “I couldn’t make Darcy go to lunch, which is a testament to her work ethic. All of the other museum employees came to my office, looked through my glass window, and wanted my intern because she set the bar extraordinarily high.”

At the end of Darcy’s internship, she was proud that she didn’t settle for just any opportunity. She found an internship and made it her own. In researching leads, connecting data, and digging for intel, Peabody paved her way into the field of criminal justice.

“It’s important for students to get involved while on campus,” added Peabody. “If I didn’t do the Honor Scholars program, my internship probably wouldn’t have happened. This project turned into an internship and could turn into ideas for my future career.”