Museum Studies Internship: MSST 804

Guidelines for Museum Studies Internships for Academic Credit (MSST 804)


MSST 805: Internship (3 credits) is required to complete the Museum Studies Certificate. The internship consists of 350 hours of supervised work experience intended to complement the program’s courses and provide real-world experience in a museum, historic site, public garden, archive, or other related organization. Most students complete their internship hours between their first and second year of academic study, but internships may be undertaken, or completed, during the academic year. Some students choose to split their internship hours into several segments in order to explore various career paths. Students may also choose to participate in the Museum Studies Collections SWAT Team project each January as part of their internship hours. The set of links below contains the requirements for setting up and completing internships for both students and sponsors, offers advice on finding internships and explains the internship policies associated with various academic programs. Both students and organizations interested in having interns should contact Mary Jane Taylor, Internship Coordinator for the Museum Studies Program, early in the academic year to indicate their interest and to begin planning.

Mary Jane Taylor
Internship Coordinator
University of Delaware
Museum Studies Program
77 East Main Street
Newark, DE 19711

Follow the links below for additional information and internship forms:

Finding an Internship

Requirements for Sponsors

Forms for Students and Supervisors

Internship Contract
Internship/Supervisor Evaluation Form

Site Visit and Evaluation

Final Reporting Requirements for Students and Supervisors

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Museum Studies SWAT

Are you interested in learning more about hosting a January SWAT team at your site? Please email us for a self-nomination form, and details.

What is SWAT?

Each year during the winter break, MSST program director Dr. Kasey Grier leads a group of students to small museum for two weeks of hands-on experience. Projects include inventorying, cataloging and rehousing items. Students follow up these activities with detailed reports outlining thier work and providing recommendations for future collections management activities.

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