In addition to course work, students have the opportunity to gain experience outside of the classroom.
To complete the Museum Studies minor, students must finish eight credits of internship experience, providing a practical introduction to one or more of the field’s workplaces. Students have served their internships at a wide range of institutions, and completing a wide range of tasks.
In the last five years alone, students have worked in the following settings:
- Visitor Research and Interpreter, Calvert Marine Museum
- Interpreter, Baltimore County Historical Society
- Fundraising and Membership, Maryland Historical Society
- Cataloguer, Washington County Museum of Art
- Education Programming Interpreter and Developer, National Sailing Hall of Fame (Annapolis)
- Education Programming Interpreter and Developer Developer, National Portrait Gallery
- Education Programming Interpreter and Developer, National Archives
- Public Program Developer, Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, MA)
- Archaeologist, Strawbery Banke Museum (Portsmouth, NH)
- Archivist, GLBT Museum (San Francisco, CA)
- Archaeologist, Jamaica National Heritage Trust
- Curator, National Council for Arts and Culture (The Gambia)
St. Mary’s boasts two on-campus destinations where students can intern and work in offices ranging from cataloging to non-profit management:
St. Mary’s College’s Boyden Gallery
Holds a large collection of African and Modern Art, and stages several shows each year.
Historic St. Mary’s City
A nationally-recognized museum of the colonial period, and SMCM students have unique opportunities to build their resumes by interning and even working there as part-time staff.
The Program has recently built new connections to zoos and aquaria, expanding the value of the minor to students with majors in the natural sciences.