MUSEUMS 409 - Practicum in Museums
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Museums (MUSEUMS)
Department: LSA History of Art
Enforced Prerequisites:
Declared academic minor in Museum Studies.
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.

MUSEUMS 409 affords students the opportunity to extend their knowledge of the museum field into the world of practice. Students 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 the support of the Museum Studies Program and other stakeholders in the museum community.

Students spend internships 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, students contribute meaningfully to the stated needs and objectives of their host institutions. They complement these practical experiences with active engagement in the principles of reflective practice, in which students are encouraged to relate their internship experience back to theory, thus deepening their understanding of both. Students engage in this reflective practice through group discussion and writing assignments.

Course Requirements:

Participation in a museums-based internship for 126 hours over the course of one term. Attendance at sessions throughout the term to participate in group discussion of the internship experience. Satisfactory completion of an analysis of the internship experience through writing assignments for self-reflection.

Intended Audience:

Juniors and seniors pursuing the Museum Studies academic minor

Class Format:

Internship. Appropriate internship experiences will be determined in consultation with MSP faculty and staff.

MUSEUMS 409 - Practicum in Museums
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