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Museum Studies & Internships

The Department is committed to offering students special opportunities in museum-related areas.  Many of our graduates have successfully pursued museum work after finishing the degree.  A graduate seminar in Museum Studies is offered regularly and takes full advantage of the rich and varied collections in New England.  The University often has internship arrangements with the University Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as the museums at Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges.  The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford also provide valuable internship possibilities.  Graduate students have completed internships at Historic Deerfield and other area historic sites, and have won positions in competitive summer internship programs at major museums in Boston, New York, and Washington.

Departmental funding is available for graduate students pursuing both unpaid and paid internships during the school year and especially in the summer months.  The monies come from the departmental Anne Mochon Internship fund supported by alumni and from the Graduate School.  They are administered by the Graduate Program Director.  Interested students should submit a description of the internship, an explanation of how it will benefit the student, and an overall budget with a specific request for funds.    

The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) houses a permanent collection that is especially strong in 20th- and 21st-century works on paper.  The Museum mounts a number of significant exhibitions during the year, often focusing on site-specific works by visiting artists. M.A. candidates regularly curate their own exhibitions at UMCA including the annual UMCA Curatorial Fellowship exhibition. 

Both professionally-staffed and student-run galleries on campus also provide opportunities for students interested in producing exhibitions.  From time to time, campus galleries offer internships that carry a stipend and tuition waiver.