MUSEUMS 409 will afford students exceptional opportunities to extend their knowledge of the museum field into the world of practice. Students will consult with MSP faculty and staff to discuss internship opportunities that match their unique interests and talents. They can then pursue individualized opportunities that they create themselves with host museums here on campus or anywhere in the world OR they can participate in one of the pre-arranged internships that faculty and staff in the Museum Studies Program intend to establish for groups of students with host museums in the southeast lower Michigan.
Students will spend their practicum developing specific practical skills while gaining greater knowledge of the work of museums and the museum as a living institution. As apprentices in the profession, they are expected to contribute meaningfully to the stated needs and objectives of their host institutions. They will complement this practical experience with active engagement in reflective practice, in which students are encouraged to relate their practicum experience back to theory, thus deepening their understanding of both. Students will engage in this reflective practice in several ways. They will meet monthly with MSP faculty mentors for a structured group discussion with their peers in which practicum experiences are analyzed.
Students will also be responsible for the creation of an electronic portfolio to house artifacts associated with their particular practicum. Such portfolios may include personal journals, writing samples, original artwork, laboratory notes, annotated bibliographies, personal webpages, photographs and moving image material, monthly reports to MSP faculty, notes from observation sessions, etc. These portfolios will create a space for student reflection and allow faculty sponsors to best monitor the progress of the practicum. An annual poster session will allow students to share their work with the university community.
Crs Requirements: Participation in a museums/archives/library based internship experience for 40 hours over the course of the term. Attendance at four one-hour sessions during the term to participate in a group discussion of the internships. Satisfactory completion of an analysis of the internship experience using an e-portfolio device or similar tool for self-reflection. Participation in a poster session devoted to the internship experience at the end of the term. Equivalent requirements will be developed for students undertaking invidualized MUSEUMS 409 experiences offsite.
Intended Audience: Juniors and seniors pursuing the MSP minor
Class Format: Practicum. Appropriate practicum experiences will be identified by the MSP Program with local partner museums. Students will also have the option of identifying their own internship experiences under the supervision of the MSP Program