Museum Studies

Internship Requirements for Students

Students must work at least 6 hours a week (for a two-credit internship) or 9 hours a week (for a three-credit internship) spread over a fifteen-week period. In addition to fulfilling the obligations of the signed MSP Internship Contract, students who are pursuing the Museum Studies specialization must also complete the following for each internship intended to count towards the MSU MSP specialization:

* Read at least one journal article, approved by your intern supervisor, that relates to the nature or the content of the work you are doing for the internship. Write a typed, double-spaced two-page review of it. The first page should be descriptive, the second page analytical. Graduate students should do two article reviews.

* Maintain a journal of internship activities including descriptions of tasks; observations of issues, procedures, challenges, or opportunities encountered. The journal should also include your journal review(s).

* Prepare a 2-3 page double-spaced critical summation about your internship experience and include what impact it has had on your understanding of museum practice as well as on your own career trajectory.

* Prepare a “portfolio”. There are no set guidelines for portfolio content since each internship situation is so different but, essentially, it should include documentation of those experiences. Documentation could be photos of you doing the work, photos or copies of any outputs (catalog descriptions, exhibitions, mount building, rehousing collections, educational programs, etc.) in which you have been involved. If you are at a loss what to put in portfolio, consult with your supervisor. The format of the portfolio can also vary. It can be as a Powerpoint, a series of blogs, an organized notebook or folder of materials, etc. Think of the portfolio as something (or at least a draft of something) you might show a prospective employer or graduate admission committee.

MSUMSP Internship Contract Form (doc) (pdf)
MSUMSP Internship Evaluation Form (doc) (pdf)