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Museum Experience
Students in the Museum Studies master’s degree program are required to gain at least 250 hours must be in an approved, professionally supervised internship. The internship forms a critical component of the student’s total program and gives the student valuable training in the field as well as a chance to work closely with professional museum staff on meaningful projects in order to prepare for careers as museum professionals.

The internship must be mutually beneficial to both the student and the participating institution and be focused on activities relevant to the student's interests. The primary goal is to offer high-quality educational and practical experience in which the student acquires in-depth understanding of museum operations and activities while making a substantial professional contribution to the institution. Students should discuss possible internships with their advisors and the Museum Studies Director. Students may apply for internships at local, regional, national, or international museums. Internships may be paid or unpaid.

Internship Requirements

1. Students must complete an internship with a minimum of 250 contact hours in an approved institution.

2. A student intern must enroll for 3 credit hours in MUSE 799.

3. Internships usually take place during the summer between the student’s first and second year in the Museum Studies Program. They may also take place during the school year. Students should make every effort to work at their internship at least half-time.

4. Documentation.
    a. Internship Approval Form. Prior to the internship, the student must submit a description of the duties and activities that the internship will entail, including the name of the museum professional who will serve as the on-site supervisor. The Museum Studies Director must approve and sign the form before the internship begins. Documentation that the student has been accepted by the host institution must be provided.

    b. Journal and Portfolio. The student must keep a personal daily journal that describes, and reflects on, the internship experience. There is no predefined format for the journal; it may be handwritten or kept electronically – the critical element is that it is kept regularly during the internship. The portfolio will contain materials associated with the internship experience, such as products for which the student was responsible, photographs of activities, institutional policies and procedures, and examples of materials produced by the institution.

    c. Evaluation. At the end of the internship, the student’s on-site supervisor will submit to the Museum Studies Director a confidential evaluation of the student’s performance. The student also completes and submits an evaluation of the internship experience.

    d. Report. Students are required to write a 5-10 page paper describing, evaluating, and critically analyzing their internship experience. The student will use the paper to discuss how the internship supported their professional development as well as how they feel that they contributed to the institution’s goals.

5. Internships receive a grade of “S” (Satisfactory) or “U” (Unsatisfactory). The Museum Studies Director will assign a final grade based on the student’s paper, journal, and portfolio, along with the on-site supervisor’s evaluation.

Museum Experience Packet (pdf)


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Museum Events

FILM - Out of State Saturday, December 09 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

Meet the Experts: Christmas Crèches​
Sunday, December 10 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this monthly exploration of special topics. On December 10, enjoy special displays of Christmas crèches from the Bud and Jan Koupal Collection. Hear a talk about the history and tradition of holiday crèches, and stay afterward for cider and cookies. The program includes a lecture and museum visit. Included with museum admission.

TALK - Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU
Thursday, December 14 | 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
A hundred years ago, Kansas City philanthropist Sallie Casey Thayer donated her extensive collection to the KU, forming the basis for what is today the Spencer Museum of Art’s collection. Celka Straughn, Director of Academic Programs, discusses this eclectic collection, from Japanese prints and American paintings to sumptuous textiles, ancient artifacts, and even valentines. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

TALK - Slow Art Sunday: Presepio 
Sunday, December 17 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In December, get to know our 18th-century Italian Presepio.

TALK - Home for the Holidays 
Sunday, December 24 | 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.
Every year, Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy spends an afternoon in the galleries welcoming visitors and leading informal tours to celebrate the holiday season. This year's tour centers on the origins of the Museum and collecting and sharing art as a form of civic engagement. Tours begin at 12pm and 1pm. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own. These tours are presented in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the Museum’s collection.

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