Internships and informal learning
Many Fellows take advantage of the Museum Internship offered by the Museum Studies Program and of opportunities for independent study with area antiques dealers, auction houses, conservators, historic sites, professionals, and scholars. These experiences hone professional skills and practices, and augment Fellows' resumes. Popular internships at Winterthur include opportunities with the Winterthur Portfolio or the Office of Publications, the Development Office, Public Programs, the Library, and the Curatorial Department.
There are also many informal, non-credit opportunities for learning. Winterthur faculty regularly schedule brown-bag lunches with visiting scholars, museum directors, curators, staff members, and international visitors. Most students also participate in the Museum’s decorative arts conferences on ceramics, furniture, and textiles and are active in the Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars, the annual graduate student material culture conference held at the Museum and operated under the auspices of the University’s Center for Material Culture Studies.
As a general rule, Fellows find there are almost unlimited opportunities to explore the connections between ideas and things, people and places, passions and careers.