Museums & Arts Administration

Museums are educational organizations that collect, preserve, and present important artifacts and/or works of art for the public to view and study. Museums may be organized by their collections (art, history, natural history) or by their intended audiences (children's museums). Possible occupational titles include: museum director, curator, collections manager, archivist, museum technician, conservator, researcher, exhibit designer, educator, editor, photographer, and librarian.

Arts Administration handles the business component of the performing, visual, literary, and cultural arts and facilitates connections between artists and audiences. Possible occupational titles may include the following: executive director, program coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and director/coordinator/assistant for many departments such as development/fundraising, outreach, audience development, marketing, publicity, publications, education, business, accounting, legal, and human resources.

Things to Consider

Visit museums, obtain internships, and volunteer. Both education and internships are important when considering a career in museums. A degree in art history or the fine arts is often crucial for a curatorial job in an art museum, while liberal arts coursework or experience in writing, editing, research is helpful to those seeking support, educational, or administrative roles. Undergraduate study in the area of a museum's focus (e.g., history or the natural sciences) is typically beneficial to individuals seeking museum work. Degrees are also offered in museum studies.

Managerial skills are fundamental to arts administration. Get involved in the organization for presenting or performing groups at school and in New Haven. Help your friends and colleagues produce a concert, put up a show, organize an installation, or coordinate a conference. Learn as much as possible by assisting with a variety of tasks. Develop administrative and management skills. Procure an internship (paid or unpaid), talk with professionals in the field, attend information sessions and panels, and support the arts.

Mentoring Master Class: Peer Mentoring Groups

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Fall 2021 Special Events Internship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History – 6/2 deadline

The Office of Special Events at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History plans and coordinates over 150 events each year including: exhibition openings, donation ceremonies,staff receptions, donor cultivation events, corporate dinners and receptions, and social events.

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Library of Congress Enriches America’s Story by Connecting with Minority Communities, Funded by $15M Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

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6 Options for International Students Who Didn’t Win the H-1B Lottery

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4th Annual Yale Postdoc Symposium

We invite you to the 4th Annual Postdoc Symposium to be held ONLINE on Tuesday, June 15th, and on Thursday, June 17th, 2021. The symposium welcomes Postdocs and Associate Research Scientists (ARS) from all departments and fields of research to …

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