When you minor in MCST, you are eligible to apply for an internship, with a stipend, at a museum or other cultural organization. Internships allow you to
- see how professionals complete the varied tasks necessary to conserve, display, and interpret objects and sites;
- learn how cultural organizations are organized and administered;
- develop an ability to identify, assess, and solve on-the-job problems;
- try out a potential career for yourself in cultural resource management, teaching, or other related fields; and
- build your resume and career portfolio.
The internship is a 3-credit course, subject to regular university registration procedures, tuition, and fees. It entails 140 hours of work. If you want to pursue a longer internship, for example, full time in the summer, you may add credits as appropriate. In consultation with the CMCS director, you will secure a position at a suitable host institution. In doing so, you will develop a written proposal for specific tasks to be performed, which must be approved by the CMCS director and the supervisor from that institution before the internship can be accepted for credit and a stipend. During the internship, you will submit periodic reports to the CMCS director , who will also request reports from your supervisor at the mid-point and end of the internship.
To apply for an internship , you must have junior or senior standing, have completed the other two core minor courses, and have a 3.0 GPA in your major.
Your grade in the internship is based on your proposal and other written reports and on the evaluation submitted by your internship site supervisor. The signed proposal is considered a contract with the host organization for the period specified. If the time period is not met, you will forfeit academic credit (where applicable) as well as any financial support from the Center. Withdrawal for medical reasons will be treated at the discretion of the host supervisor in consultation with the CMCS director.
For further information, please visit the Center for Material Culture Studies.