Gaining Experience and Professional Education

Find a Museum Studies Program
American Alliance of Museums

Looking for a museum studies or related program?  This is your go-to directory.

Guidelines for Curatorial Studies Programs
College Art Association

The College Art Association shares its Guidelines for Curatorial Studies Programs. It lists the duties of a curator, has curriculum recommendations, and discusses internships.

Advancing Your Nonprofit Career Through Continuing Education
Common Good Careers

Common Good Careers offers some considerations for deciding to pursue graduate or professional certification as part of reaching career goals.

Curricula Guidelines for Museum Professional Development
International Council of Museums

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has developed Curricula Guidelines for Museum Professional Development. The guidelines define 5 broad areas of competencies needed to work effectively in today’s museums. ICOM notes that the guidelines can serve as a framework for developing sound training programs and as a tool for managing professional development resources within museums.

15 Quick Tips for Gaining Valuable Experience in College
Live Careers

Quintessential Careers shares 15 tips for gaining entry-level work while still in school. The guidance ranges from volunteering to getting part-time work to developing an online presence.

Turning Your Internship Into A Job
Live Careers

Quintessential Careers shares strategies for leveraging an internship to secure a job.

When It’s Time to Go to Grad School (and When It’s Not)
Live Careers

Quintessential Careers offers insight on choosing whether or not to attend graduate school and discusses both strong and weak reasons for continuing education.

How to Balance School and a Full Time Job shares some insight on balancing school and work, including setting expectations, assessing goals, and finding support.

The Public History Navigator
National Council on Public History

The New Professional and Graduate Student Committee of the National Council on Public History shares this guide that helps students choose and thrive in a graduate public history program.

The Public Speaking Project
The Public Speaking Project

This website offers an assortment of virtual tools to help users improve their public speaking skills.

Checklist for Interns: Making the Most of Your Internship
Virginia Association of Museums

Virginia Association of Museums offers insight on steps interns can take to maximize their time at the museum, before, during and after their internship takes place.

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