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Since the Program's inception in 2006, our students have participated in a wide variety of projects and have gone on to different graduate schools and museum-related employment. Click on a student's name for more detailed accounts of the experiences of our current students and graduates.

We hope to collect more stories in the near future. If you are a graduate of the program and would like to update us on your employment, education, or achievements, please e-mail us.

Sarah Abare '09 (History of Art): Sarah was awarded the first Michael and Nancy Lytell Internship at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and spent the summer of 2009 working with the curatorial staff in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. She went on to receive an Art History from the University of Texas, Austin. During the spring of 2013, she held an internship at the the Department of Prints, Drawings and European Paintings at UT's Blanton Museum of Art where she assisted the senior curator with the planning of the exhibition Luminous: 50 years of collecting prints and drawings at the Blanton.

Lydia Alcock '12 (Psychology): Lydia started working full-time at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies in May 2012 after first completing an internship there and working for the Center part-time during her senior year. While a Hopkins student, Lydia started the Museum Buddies program at Homewood Museum, which lives on under the name Museum Mentors.

Jeremy Batoff '09 (History of Art): Jeremy is a graduate of the School of Law at the University of Baltimore and continues to be very active in the Baltimore arts scene. His brohter Justin, '07, was also a student in our program.

Katie Battick '07 (History of Art): The first student to complete the minor in Museums and Society, Katie went on to study in the graduate program in Museum Studies at George Washington University.

Gabrielle Barr '12 (History): In her senior year, Gabrielle Barr curated To Glorify and to Sanctify: The Crown Motif in Jewish Ritual and Art," out of the Sonneborn Collection of Judaica at Johns Hopkins. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan's School of Information, where she specializes in archives.

Ryan Bender '15 (International Studies and History of Art): Ryan participated in the 2012 M&S Intersession course on Paris and has maintained his international interests through summer internships at prestigious auction houses in Los Angeles (2012) and Philadelphia (2013) and an Independent Study project on the Chinese art market. Ryan has been accepted into JHU's 5-year BA/MA program with the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Bianca Biberaj '15 (History of Art): In summer 2013, Bianca will be a curatorial intern at MoMA in the museum's Department of Media and Performing Arts--and then she leaves for a year in Paris, where she will be a student at the Ecole du Louvre.

Emily Birge '15 (History of Art): In summer 2013, Emily will be working at MoMA in the Family Programs division of the Education department to help design programs for their new interactive spaces throughout the museum.

Andrew Campagnolo '12 (Biophysics): Andrew attends the Perelman School of Medecine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Emily Carambelas '11 (Archaeology, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology): While still a student and continuing after graduation, Emily worked at the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of JHMI. Currently, she assists with projects in JHU's Office of Cultural Properties, including working as Project Registrar for Mark Dion's "An Archaeology of Knowledge" and aiding in research for the Anthropology Department's investigation of a set of busts produced during Franz Boas' expeditions to the Pacific Northwest. During her senior year, Emily curated From Sacred to Secular: Collecting and Caring for Judaica, and participated in a related symposium the following year. Emily plans to go back to school for a degree in art and object conservation.

Nissa Cheng '14 (Classics) has been awarded a Hall Fellowship to work with the curator of Islamic art at the Walters Art Museum in Fall 2013. Nissa has been hired by Sotheby’s NY into their training program and will start fall 2014. She is waiting to hear about an internship at the MET.

Sara Dayton '09 (Classics and History of Art): Sara spent 2009-2010 as an intern in the Editorial and Graphic Design Department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as part of the PMA's Museum Studies Internship Program. She entered the Masters of Science in Publishing program at New York University in the fall of 2010, and intends to pursue a career in the world of on-line museum publications. As part of her graduate studies, Sara worked as an intern in the Digital Media Department at MoMA where she still works as a freelance digital media producer.

Yana Demireva '11 (Anthropology): Yana will begin a Master's in Applied Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park in Fall 2013.

Dakota DeVos '11 (History of Art): Dakota received a Fulbright to study in Germany during the academic year 2013-2014, where she will pursue her M.A. in art history and museum studies. Read about her work on Museums and Society's oogleEarth project in 2009 here.

Elizabeth Dowdle 11 (History of Science): Elizabeth is a recent graduate of eorge Washington University's Museum Studies Program. While pursuing her MA she worked at Hillwood Estate, the National Museum of American History, and the Phillips Collection. A an undergraduate at Hopkins, Elizabeth spearheaded the "Business of Culture" lecture series that sought to introduce students to new areas of museum theory and practice. She also contributed to the Walters Art Museum's GoogleEarth "Art on the Move" project, with her research on the Capitoline Amazon.

Pooja Ganesan '11 (Anthropology): After graduation, Pooja moved to London to study for a Masters in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College.

Kirsten Gausch '14 (History of Art): Before leaving for a semester in Paris, Kirsten worked as an intern on the Mark Dion "Archaeology of Knowledge" project, and with Museums and Society as a research intern through the Center for Educational Resources, developing teaching and research tools for an upcoming course tentatively titled "Collecting Hopkins" (stay tuned for fall 2014).Danielle Gilbert '16: Danielle is spending the summer of 2013 as a student at Mt. Vernon's Collaborative Historic Preservation Field School.

Suzanne Gold '10 (History of Art and Writing Seminars): After extending a summer 2010 internship at the Glenstone Foundation, Suzanne was hired in May 2011 as Visitor Services Coordinator and Archive Assistant. She also works as a member of the curatorial team. Glenstone is a private collection of modern and contemporary art in Potomac, MD, just outside of Washington D.C. Suzanne gained much applied museum experience while a student at Hopkins, where she worked on curatorial projects out of the Henry Sonneborn Collection of Judaica and at Evergreen Museum & Library.

Alexandra Good '12 (History of Art and Writing Seminars): While at Hopkins, Ali was featured in numerous media posts for her work in the Print by Print exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Ali is pursuing a joint degree in Law and Arts Management at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Heinz College (we like to attribute this interest to her "Art and the Law" course at Hopkins and the BMA internship that grew out of that).

Courtney Harris '11 (International Studies and History of Art): Courtney recently accepted a job at the Commission for Looted Art. Her full story is here.

Talia Hughes '13 (Archaeology): In January 2012 Talia started interning with Kathy Nusbaum in the Education Division of the Walters Art Museum. There, she helped assess visitor experiences, investigating how the public engages with the museums and interrogating their interests, motives, and reactions to the Walters' galleries and exhibits.

Zarrah Keshwani '09 (Neuroscience): Zarrah is pursuing a career in medicine.

Nora Krinitsky '09 (History): Nora spent 2009-2010 as a Kress Interpretative Fellowship at the Baltimore Museum of Art. There she worked on a website based on the BMA's permanent collection and related to the Museums and Society course, Close Looking at the BMA: 'Rinaldo and Armida'. Nora began graduate work in history at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2010.

Drew Lash '14 (International Studies): In the summer of 2012, Drew interned at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Thanks to a generous gift from Paul and Natalie Abrams, this summer, 2013, Drew will be interning at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. In the fall, her installation of the Sonneborn collection of Judaica will be on view at Johns Hopkins Hillel.

Courtney Little '14 (History and Anthropology): In 2013, while studying abroad, Courtney was accepted as one of the prestigious Deerfield Summer Fellows. She was the Nan Pinkard-Bolton intern at the Homewood Museum on campus. In Summer 2013, she was the first JHU student to be accepted into the Historic Deerfield summer fellowship program. Courtney has been accepted into UMass Amherst’s MA in Public History Program; SUNY/Oneonta Cooperstown Graduate Program; and UNC- Greensboro’s MA in History with a Museum Studies Concentration (which she has selected).

Gillian Maguire '08 (History): Gillian worked as a Research Assistant for Objects within the Curatorial Department of James Madison's Montpelier in Orange, Virginia from 2008-2010. Gillian began a masters program in American Studies at George Washington University in January 2011.

Chloé Pelletier '13 (History of Art): As the Annual Student Curator at Evergreen Museum & Library, Chloé helped curate the exhibition Herbert Hessletine: Sculptor of the Modern Age. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in art history and is taking a year off to continue her work in the art scene of her hometown, Austin, Texas.

Hayley Plack '11 (History of Art): As the 2011 Lytell Intern at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Hayley divided her time between Adult Programs and the Departement of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. This was ideal preparation for her current position, Assistant to the Program of Research and Center Report Coordinator at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, which she has held since she graduated.

Jessica Popkin '09 (Near Eastern Studies): After leaving Hopkins, Jessica entered the graduate program in Museum Studies at New York University, from which she received an MA. She is now the Student Outreach Coordinator at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Gianna Puzzo '15 (History of Art): Gianna is a 2013 summer intern at JHMI's Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, where she is working with family albums, letters, and original illustrations to research Hopkins medical illustrator and researcher Max Brodel.

Rachel Pretlow '13 (Public Health, with minors also in GECA and Anthropology): Rachel will be pursuing her Masters at JHU's Bloomberg School of Public Health starting in the Fall of 2013.

Eve Rosekind '15 (History of Art): In the summer of 2014, Eve interned in the conservation department of the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Read about her project here. Eve has accepted a curatorial internship at the Phillips Collection.

Corey Sattler '08 (Psychology): After two and a half years as Communications Officer for the Associate Vice President of Student Life at The American University in Cairo, Corey returned to the United States to work on an international art project, Firefly Tunnels, which opened in Pittsburgh in September 2011. This Fall, 2013, he will start a graduate program in information systems management at Carnegie Mellon University.

Whitney Shaffer '08 (History of Art): After working for two years as the Development Assistant at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Whitney entered law school at the University of Maryland. She chose the university because of its art and law initiative.

Joseph Shaikewitz '15 (History of Art): As the first ever recipient of the Hall Grant for Museum Internships, Joseph is spending the summer of 2013 at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., where he will take command of a photography exhibition on portraits drawn from the Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg collection in addition to helping with preparations for an American art show forthcoming in 2014. For more about Joseph, read his blog here.

Beth Simmonds '11 (Sociology): After graduation, Beth worked in special events and development at the National Postal Museum for two years. Passionate about working for an educational non-profit and wanting to be closer to the "front lines" of education, Beth started her residency with Capital Teaching in D.C. in June 2013. She currently works in a first grade classroom at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School but is keeping up her museum and Hopkins alumni connections.

Kimberly Skerritt '10 (Political Science): Kimberly spent her senior year working as an intern at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. and was hired in fall 2010 as the museum's Mobile Learning Project Assistant. In this position, which is part of a larger initiative sponsored by the Pearson Foundation, Kim helps plan and provide workshops for teens and teachers to promote mobile learning throughout Smithsonian museums.

Emily Sneff '12 (History): In Fall 2011, Emily was a Hall Fellow at the Walters Art Museum working with Martina Bagnoli. That year, she also presented her senior thesis in history, "Furnishing Sloane's 'Nicknackatory': The Many Founders of the British Museum." Emily is pursuing a museum career, and is currently a Research Assistant at the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History Medicine and a Curatorial Volunteer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Laura Somenzi '13 (History of Art): As the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Laura curated the exhibition Choreography in Color: The Art of Zelda Fitzgerald at Evergreen Museum & Library. She is now heading off to pursue her Ph.D. in Italian art-history at Emory University.

Michael Szeto '11 (Political Science): After a gap year of travel and volunteering at museums in Los Angeles, Michael is attending law school at Washington University in St. Louis. He frequently comes back to visit us in Baltimore--something we really appreciate.

Lindsay Tauscher '11 (History of Art and French): Having been awarded the Pinkard-Bolton Internship at the Homewood Museum in 2009 and the Michael and Nancy Lytell Internship at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2010, where she worked in the Department of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Pacific Islands, Lindsay went on to work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art after graduation. She subsequently moved to Washington, DC and became the first Center Arts intern at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. She is currently an intern at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, where she recently assisted in the production of the program Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt for the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Joan Tkacs '10 (History of Art): Joan earned an MA in art history from the University of Georgia, Athens. Her work for a 2009 course in Museums and Society is featured in the "Art on the Move" page of the Walters Art Museum website.

Kirsi Tuomanen Hill '08 (History of Art): After graduating from Hopkins, Kirsi moved on to the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she earned an MFA.

Hannah Weinberg Wolf '13 (Behavioral Biology): Hannah's senior capstone installation Please Touch won a JHU Dean's Undergraduate Research Award. After graduation, Hannah joined Tim Buschmann's neuroscience lab at Princeton University as a Research Specialist. Hannah is interested in an academic career that will also allow her to work a major natural history collection.

Nicole Ziegler '16: Nicole is interining at Christie's as well as in the Gagosian Gallery in New York during the summer of 2013.

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