Career development

Career development and professional practice skills are critical for our students, and an integral part of the museum studies curriculum.

Students in the Graduate Program in Museum Studies are constantly made aware of different internship or career opportunities in the field. Class assignments frequently result in actual exhibitions or projects, and include a vast range of activities, from curating, preparing and installing exhibitions in the affiliated galleries and cultural institutions in the area, to organizing opening receptions, and creating press releases for media distribution.

The program faculty and staff encourage all students to work on their resumes and cover letters, and offer valuable advise about professional demeanor and interview skills. The required internship is a great learning tool that exposes our students to the competitive job market, and gives them valuable experience in finding positions of particular interest, applying to them, interviewing, and talking to prospective employers about work conditions and expectations.

SU’s Center for Career Services can help you explore internships as well as aid in the job search. Its resources and services encompass personalized career counseling and assessment; search strategies; networking; resume, curriculum vitae, and cover letter critiquing; interview simulations; print and online career information and resources; and on- and off-campus recruiting coordination.

You may also wish to consider participating in our Maymester course, Museums & Contemporary Practice, a weeklong intensive course in that brings students to the heart of Washington D.C. or New York City (alternate years). Students spend the week visiting cultural institutions and participating in meetings and private tours with museum professionals, many of whom are accomplished SU alumni. This course, along with the various field trips planned by our program faculty, and attending professional conferences, are great opportunities to meet career professionals and to see the various settings and positions in which you may one day be employed.