Internships for Small Museums

Track
Management & Administration
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
127 America's Center
Description
While internships can help museums achieve their educational missions and develop the next generation of professionals, they also raise questions about diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. To engage in this field-wide conversation, this session considers how the issue of interns plays out in small museums, where resources may be scarce. How do discussions and best practices about ethics translate to on-the-ground practice in small museum environments? And what are the challenges and practical issues surrounding small museum internship programs at this particular moment in time?
Learner Outcome
  1. Discuss best practices for implementing ethically sound internships in small museums.
  2. Consider strategies for recruiting a more diverse and inclusive group of interns and making your internship program celebrate difference and diversity.
  3. Contribute to the development of best practices for internships in small museums.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Lin Nelson-Mayson
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
Goldstein Museum of Design - University of Minnesota
Bio
Lin Nelson-Mayson is director of the University of MN's Goldstein Museum of Design and director of museum studies. She worked at ExhibitsUSA, MN Museum of American Art, Columbia Museum of Art (SC), Art Museum of South TX, and Ross County Historical Society (OH). Lin has volunteered with AAM, CurCom and SMAC, Asso. of Academic Museums and Galleries, AMM, SEMC, MN Asso. of Museums, SC Museum Federation, and SC Abandoned Cultural Properties Board
Presenter: 
Regina Lynch
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Curator of Education Fellow
Organization: 
Biggs Museum of American Art
Presenter: 
Richard Harker
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Education & Outreach Manager
Organization: 
Museum of History & Holocaust Education
Bio
Richard Harker is the Education + Outreach Manager at the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University and the Vice President of the American Association for Museum Volunteers. He has a Ph.D. in Public History with a focus in museums from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
Presenter: 
Richard Toon
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Museum Studies
Organization: 
Graduate Museum Studies Program - Arizona State University
Bio
Richard Toon is Research Professor, Director of Museums and Museum Studies, and Co-Director Center for Archaeology and Society, at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University. He has a PhD in Museum Studies from Leicester University, UK.