Practicums

An essential component of the Museum Studies Program, the MSP Practicum provides students an opportunity to integrate their classroom training with museum work. The practicum typically entails three months of work in a museum context, although students with extensive museum experience may undertake an equivalent museum-focused research project with the approval of the MSP Director. Students complete the practicum with a written paper that considers the alignment of theory to practice based on the entirety of the MSP experience (including readings, guest lectures, public presentations, class assignments, etc.). Though not all MSP graduates seek employment in museums, those who do often find the practicum a valuable point of entry in to the professional museum world.

MSP Practicums completed 2016-17
Name Location
Catalina Esguerra International Center for the Arts of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, TX
Liz Harmon Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington, DC
Kathryn Holihan Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden
Crystal Labrosse Arab American National Museum, MI
Allan Martell Instituto de Historia de Nicaragua y Centroamerica, Nicaragua
Sarah McLusky The Henry Ford, MI
Lauren Stamm The Henry Ford, MI
Rachel Miller University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
Benjamin Tupper University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens, MI
MSP Practicums completed 2015-16
Name Location
Alice Tsay Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, CA
Reed Esslinger-Payet Museum of Performance and Design, CA
Jeremy Golubcow-Teglasi Denver Art Museum, CO
Alicia Juillet Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum, Toronto, Ontario
Ana Silva Museo Colonial Bogota, Colombia
MSP Practicums completed 2014-15
Name Location
Caroline Braden Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, MI
Rebecca Cassidy Ford’s Theater Society, Washington DC
Abigail Celis Musee Africain de Lyon, France
Molly Malcolm The Henry Ford, MI
Nicholas Malzahn Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Andrea Rottman Schwules Museum, Berlin
MSP Practicums completed 2013-14
Name Location
Sanam Arab University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
Katherine Carlton Research Practicum, University of Michigan
Courtney Cottrell Brothertown Indian Nation, WI
Julie Feldt Adler Planetarium, IL
Naomi Herman-Aplet Chicago History Museum, IL
Justin Meyer Portland Art Museum, OR
Ashley Miller University of Michigan History of Art Department, MI
Kayla Romberger Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Marisa Szpytman Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
Alisha Wessler The Drawing Center, NY
Anna Wieck Fundacion Juan March, Spain
MSP Practicums completed 2012-13
Name Location
Laura Alcantara Parker’s Box, NY
Keeley Briggs Franklin Institute, PA
John Kannenberg ZKM Media Museum, Berlin
Gina Konstantopoulos British Museum, London
Katherine Larson Corinth Excavations and Museum (American School of Classical Studies at Athens), Greece
Molly McGuire National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Neha Paliwal National Museum and House of Culture, Tanzania
Monica Patterson Centre for Ethnogrpahic Research & Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence  (CEREV), Concordia University
Tasha Rijke-Epstein Mokea Akiba, Universite de Mahajanga, Madagascar
Kristine Ronan Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello), VA
Diana Sierra-Becerra Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen, San Salvador
Anna Topolska Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy, University of Michigan
MSP Practicums completed 2011-12
Name Location
Shannon Davis Exhibit Museum of Natural History, MI
Sarah Gothie Prince Edward Island National Park/Green Gables, Canada
Jenny Kreiger Walters Art Museum, MD
KT Lowe Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
Shannon Schmoll Adler Planetarium, IL
Jennifer Amadeaus Scott Toledo Museum of Art, OH
Aimee VonBokel Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NY
MSP Practicums completed 2010-11
Name Location
Lea Bullard North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, NC
Clara Cahill Franklin Institute, PA
Lisa Cakmak Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA
Joe Cialdella Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens, Washington, DC
Morgan Daniels University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
Kelly Fayard Poarch Band of Creek Indians Museum and Welcome Center, AL
Andrew Gurstelle University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
Lydia Herring-Harrington Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA
Kelly Kirby Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, MI
Mei-Chen Pan National Taiwan Museum, Taiwan
Ricardo Punzalan Research Practicum, University of Michigan School of Information, MI
Emma Sachs J. Paul Getty Museum, CA
Alison Vacca Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
Elizabeth Vandermark University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
Emma Wolman University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
MSP Practicums completed 2009-10
Name Location
Luciana Aenasoaie Museum of History and Archaeology, Romania
Christopher Berk Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Australia
Donald Buaku Fort Douglas Military Museum, UT
Tiffany Chao Chicago History Museum, IL
Helen Dixon Archaeology Museum of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Christine Efta Oriental Institute Museum, IL
Heloise Finch National Maritime Museum, United Kingdom
Monica Huerta Art Institute of Chicago, IL
KeunYoung Kim Seattle Asian Art Museum, WA
Marc Levitt Center for Legislative Archives, Washington, DC
Andrea McDonnell Gallery Project, MI
Beatriz Zengotitabengoa Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
MSP Practicums completed 2008-09
Name Location
Jennifer Beyer Museum in Docklands, United Kingdom;  Homol’ovi Ruins State Park, AZ; and University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology
Alison Byrnes The Getty Foundation, CA
Elizabeth Ehrenhalt Walker Art Center, MN
Alice Goff University of Michigan Office of the Provost, MI
Deirdre Hennebury Deirdre Hennebury – Cranbrook Art Museum
Louna Khirfan Cabbagetown Regent Park Community Museum, Toronto, Ontario
Lindsay Stern Walker Art Center, MN
Kathy Zarur Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Israel
MSP Practicums completed 2007-08
Name Location
Mya Gosling Somdet Phra Phanwassa Museum, Bangkok
Ksenya Gurshtein Guelman Gallery, Moscow
Leilah Lyons Exploratorium, CA
Hima Mallampati Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA
Jason Nargis Chicago History Museum, IL
Leah Niederstadt Fowler Museum at UCLA, CA
Tamara Shreiner The Henry Ford, MI
Medha Tare Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, MI
MSP Practicums completed 2006-07
Name Location
Christine DeLisle Field Museum of Natural History, IL
Christopher Dempsey The Henry Ford, MI
Olga Khroustaleva District Six Museum, South Africa
John Low Homol’ovi Ruins State Park, AZ, and University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology, MI
Katie Raff Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Kathryn Stine New York Public Library, NY
MSP Practicums completed 2005-06
Name Location
Michael Andre Stiftung Weimarer Klassik und Kunstsammlugen, Germany
Ipek Kaynar Yale Center for British Art, CT
Erica Lehrer Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Poland
Diana Mankowski Experience Music Project, WA
Jennifer Zee Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, CA
MSP Practicums completed 2004-05
Name Location
David Choberka Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
Catherine Crawford Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
Leilani Dawson Franklin Furnace Archives, NY
Henrike Florusbosch National Museum of Mali, Mali
Katie Johnson Cincinnati Art Museum, OH
Renee Miller Randi Korn & Associates, VA
Nicole Sielken Brookfield Zoo, IL
MSP Practicums completed 2003-04
Name Location
Meghan Glass Valentine Richmond History Center, VA