An internship is the most effective way of gaining in-depth practical experience in a chosen sub-field of museum studies, and students may complete internships in various sections of the Milwaukee Public Museum or in other museums. Students considering an internship should apply to a potential internship site at least one semester before they plan to perform an internship. They should also be aware that a limited number of internships are available and that students compete for internships with students from other schools and programs. Because of the time commitment required, internships taken during the summer when classes are not in session have proven to be most effective.
Registration in course Anthro-724 requires the approval and signature of Dr. W. Warner (Bill) Wood of the UWM Anthropology Department. Students should be aware that an internship site may have special requirements regarding an internship performed at their institution. It is the student's responsibility to incorporate these policies into their internship plan in consultation with Dr. Wood.
If the intern is having problems with the internship, s/he should address the situation by discussing any difficulties with the supervising museum staff person, Dr. Wood, or an MPM museum studies instructor. Alternatives to the termination of the internship should be considered before any action is taken.
Where an internship experience cannot be salvaged, the internship can be terminated at any time during the semester if the student, supervising museum staff person, or Dr. Wood believes that the student is not making satisfactory progress and/or the supervising museum staff person is not fulfilling his/her obligations to the student.
If the student does not satisfactorily complete the internship, s/he may repeat the entire internship, or just that portion deemed unsatisfactory, but only with the written approval of the supervising museum staff person and Dr. Wood. Incompletes are not encouraged.
The Museum Studies Program offers many options to broaden work experience outside the scheduled coursework. While an internship is one of the most effective ways of gaining in-depth practical experience, a full three-credit graduate-level internship is not desirable or feasible in some cases. For such situations, a Concentrated Internship may be the answer.
These internships allow students to explore areas of interest before committing to a full-scale internship and provide an opportunity to "sample" different museums or different areas within a museum.
Concentrated Internships are designed to be short, intensive, and task-specific experiences. Internship possibilities depend on the availability of specific projects or programs and supervisory personnel. The MPM Museum Studies Program Coordinator keeps an ongoing file of available internships in the area and will assist the student in identifying potential projects or sites, if needed.
Museum Studies students may take a Concentrated Internship in lieu of a required Museum Studies workshop.* The Concentrated Internship may not be substituted for Anthropology 724. Students considering a Concentrated Internship should formally apply to the museum at least one month before they wish to perform this type of internship. To sign up for a Concentrated Internship, you will need the approval of the MPM Museum Studies Program Coordinator and the museum staff person who will supervise the internship. Students should be aware that the Milwaukee Public Museum has special requirements regarding any internship performed at MPM.
If the intern is having problems with the Concentrated Internship, s/he should address the situation by discussing any difficulties with the supervising museum staff person or an MPM museum studies instructor. Alternatives to the termination of the Concentrated Internship should be considered before any action is taken.
Where a Concentrated Internship cannot be salvaged, the Concentrated Internship can be terminated at any time during the semester if the student or supervising museum staff person believes that the student is not making satisfactory progress and/or the supervising museum staff person is not fulfilling his/her obligations to the student.
* Public History students may also take a Concentrated Internship for one credit toward their required internship total. They should register for one credit of 448-701 and complete the Public History Program Memorandum Form. Anthropology students cannot take the Concentrated Internship for credit.