The Johns Hopkins Career Center is an invaluable resource for students who are looking for an internship. The Career Center assists students with interview preparation, writing a resume or cover letter, or how to network with employers. They also provide students with customized workshops on a variety of topics. If you are interested in applying for an internship, please make an appointment at the Career Center early in the application process.
The Program has created a list of over 100 museum-related internships in Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, and New York. The list contains summer and semester-long internships, both paid and unpaid, and is updated regularly. Museums and Society students have interned at the Smithsonian, Baltimore Museum of Art, Jewish Museum of Maryland, Sotheby's and many more places.
Four internship opportunities are administered directly through the Program: the Abrams internship at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Annual Student Curatorial Internship at the Evergreen Museum and Library of the Johns Hopkins University, the Annual Sonneborn Collection Curatorial Internship at Johns Hopkins University, and the Robert and Nancy Hall Fellowship Program to work at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. The deadline to apply for these internships is usually around February 25th.
The Johns Hopkins University Homewood Museum also offers the paid Nan Pinkard-Aurelia Bolton internship.
The Smithsonian has a centralized information site for internships across all of its museums and departments.
The Career Center has resources such as a job and internship board, weekly newsletter, and counseling services. Many of these are available only to Hopkins students.
The American Alliance of Museums lists nationwide positions at museums of all types.
The Association of Science and Technology Centers has a job board for science museums and related positions.
The Association of Children's Museums lists job openings at children's museums nationwide.
Museum Jobs has primarily international listings.
USAJobs is the centralized site for all federal government jobs. Use it for all national museums, national parks, and historic sites. All Smithsonian listings show up here.
A popular social networking tool for job seekers is LinkedIn. After you create your profile, you may join museum-oriented groups (e.g. MuseumLink), which sometimes feature job search tips and news of the field.
Since most museums are non-profit organizations, positions are often listed at idealist.org, a site for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities across the non-profit sector.
Regional museum associations with job listings include:
- Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
- New England Museum Association
- Association of Midwest Museums
- Southeastern Museums Conference
- Mountain-Plains Museum Association
- Western Museums Association
The Krieger School's Advanced Academic Programs offers an online MA in museum studies for professionals in the field.
The Smithsonian maintains a directory of undergraduate and graduate programs in museum studies and related fields, organized by state and country.
The MSE Library has prepared a guide for research in the museum studies field, with tools for searching articles and books.
The Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising has prepared a guide to research at Hopkins.
The American Association of Museums publishes The Official Museum Directory, which contains entries on over 11,000 museums worldwide. Printed copies are available at the MSE Library.
Students can apply for the KSAS Dean's Undergraduate Research Award (usually a Fall deadline) and the Provost's Undergraduate Research Award (Summer cycle applications open in early February; Fall cycle applications open towards the end of February) to support projects undertaken as independent study or in the context of a senior capstone (for the senior capstone, apply in your junior year Spring). For more information, contact Elizabeth Rodini.
- Elizabeth Rodini, "The Ivory Tower and the Crystal Palace: Universities, Museums, and the Potential of Public Art History," caa.reviews, November 27, 2007.
Johns Hopkins has three museums associated with the University:
The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
Established in 1882, the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum moved to a new location in Gilman in Fall 2010. Holding collections of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman artifacts, the museum is used as a research and teaching resource for the University.
Every semester several courses are taught in the museum. In Fall 2010 Betsy Bryan taught Museum Study of Objects from the Eton College Myers Collection. Students were able to study Egyptian objects from the Eton College Myers Collection on long term loan to the University.
Additional courses taught at the museum include Sanchita Balachandran's Introduction to Museum Practice. The Archaeological Museum serves as a case study and students work closely with its holdings to discuss the principles and practice of managing and preserving museum collections.
Homewood Museum offers visitors the chance to explore an early 19th-century Baltimore home. The museum's collections consist of fine and decorative arts objects representative of the furnishings during the Carroll family’s occupancy (1775–1825). Homewood Museum offers the annual Nan-Pinkard Bolton student internship and is regularly the site of courses.
Every Fall, Catherine Arthur offers the class "Curating Homewood". In this course students explore early American life related to the region and the Carroll family of Homewood. Primary research and object study culminated in a student-curated thematic exhibition. In the Spring of 2014, Museum Educator Beth Maloney will teach a course that considers the historic grounds of the museum, the university's Homewood campus.
Evergreen Museum & Library
Housed in a former Gilded Age mansion surrounded by Italian-style gardens, Evergreen Museum & Library has a collection of fine and decorative arts, rare books and manuscripts assembled by two generations of the philanthropic Garrett family. The museum also serves as a vibrant venue for contemporary artists. Evergreen Museum & Library offers an annual student curatorship.
Courses taught in the collection have included Camera Arts: Photographing Evergreen Museum & Library. In this course students are led through a photographic exploration of the Evergreen collection.
The Artist in the Museum: Making Books: In this course, curatorial staff from the Evergreen, Peabody, Walters and JHU libraries introduce students to the concept of books as art.
Curating Culture at the Evergreen Museum: In this hands-on course, students research the Evergreen collection in order to develop an innovative, public exhibition or presentation. The history of the house, its grounds, its books and artifacts are all subject to investigation.
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