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.

2015 MSP Practicums
Name Location
Rebecca Bloom Research Project on Monastery Museums, Ladakh, India
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
Esther Ladkau National Museum of Japanese History, Sakura City, Japan
Alice Tsay Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, CA
2014 MSP Practicums
Name Location
Caroline Braden Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, MI
Rebecca Cassidy Ford’s Theatre Society, Washington, D.C.
Abigail Celis Musée Africain de Lyon, France
Molly Malcolm The Henry Ford, MI
Nick Malzahn Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Justin Meyer Portland Art Museum, OR
Kayla Romberger Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Andrea Rottmann Schwules Museum, Berlin
Caitlin Townsend Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow
Alisha Wessler The Drawing Center, NY
2013 MSP Practicums
Name Location
Katherine Carlton Research Practicum, University of Michigan, MI
Courtney Cottrell Brothertown Indian Nation, WI
Julie Feldt Adler Planetarium, IL
Naomi Herman-Aplet Chicago History Museum, IL
Nickolas Krabbenhoeft American Museum of Natural History, NY
Emily Kutil Museum of Jurassic Technology, CA
Katherine Larson Corinth Excavations and Museum (American School of Classical Studies at Athens), Greece
Neha Paliwal National Museum and House of Culture, Tanzania
Tasha Rijke-Epstein Mozea Akiba, Universite de Mahajanga, Madagascar
Diana Sierra Becerra Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen, El Salvador
Marisa Szpytman Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
Anna Wieck Fundacion Juan March, Spain
2012 MSP Practicums
Name Location
Laura Alcantara Parker’s Box, NY
Keeley Briggs Franklin Institute, PA
John Kannenberg ZKM Media Museum, Berlin
Gina Konstantopoulos British Museum, London
Jenny Kreiger Walters Art Museum, MD
Molly McGuire National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Monica Patterson Centre for Ethnographic Research & Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (CEREV), Canada
Kristine Ronan Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello), VA
Shannon Schmoll Adler Planetarium, IL
Anna Topolska Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy, University of Michigan, MI
2011 MSP Practicums
Name Location
Joseph Cialdella Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens, Washington, DC
Sarah Gothie Green Gables House, Canada
Andrew Gurstelle University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
Lydia Herring-Harrington Boston Museum of Fine Art, MA
KeunYoung Kim Seattle Art Museum, WA
K.T. Lowe Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
Emma Sachs J. Paul Getty Museum, CA
2010 MSP Practicums
Name Location
Lea Bullard North Carolina Aquarium, NC
Clara Cahill The Franklin Institute, PA
Lisa Cakmak Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA
Morgan Daniels University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
Kelly Fayard Poarch Band of Creek Indians Museum and Welcome Center, AL
Heloise Finch-Boyer National Maritime Museum, United Kingdom
Mei-Chen Pan National Taiwan Museum, Taiwan
Ricardo Punzalan University of Michican Museum of Anthropology, MI
J. Amadeaus Scott Toledo Museum of Art, OH
Alison Vacca Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
Elizabeth Vandermark University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
Emma Wolman University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
2009 MSP Practicums
Name Location
Luciana Aenasoaie History and Archaeology Museum, Romania
Donald Buaku Fort Douglas Military Museum, UT
Tiffany Chao Chicago History Museum, IL
Christine Efta Oriental Institute Museum, IL
Monica Huerta Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Kelly Kirby Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, MI
Marc Levitt Center for Legislative Archives, Washington, D.C.
Andrea McDonnell Gallery Project, MI
Aimee VonBokel Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NY
Bea Zengotitabengoa Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
2008 MSP Practicums
Name Location
Christopher Berk Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Australia
Jennifer Beyer Museum in Docklands, United Kingdom, Homol’ovi Ruins State Park, AZ and U-M Museum of Anthropology
Alison Byrnes The Getty Foundation, CA
Helen Dixon Archaeology Museum of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Lizzie Ehrenhalt Walker Art Center, MN
Alice Goff U-M Office of the Provost, MI
Hima Mallampati Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Jason Nargis Chicago History Museum, IL
Lindsay Stern Walker Art Center, MN
Medha Tare Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, MI
Kathy Zarur Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Israel
2007 MSP Practicums
Name Location
Mya Gosling Somdet Phra Phanwassa Museum, Thailand
Ksenya Gurshtein Guelman Gallery, Russia
Leilah Lyons Exploratorium, CA
Tamara Shreiner The Henry Ford, MI
2006 MSP Practicums
Name Location
Christine DeLisle Field Museum of Natural History, IL
Chris Dempsey The Henry Ford, MI
Olga Khroustalvea District Six Museum, South Africa
John Low Homol’ovi Ruins State Park, AZ and U-M Museum of Anthropology
Leah Niederstadt Fowler Museum, CA
Katie Raff Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Kathryn Stine New York Public Library, NY
2005 MSP Practicums
Name Location
Michael Andre Stiftung Weimarer Klassik und Kunstsammlungen, Germany
Henrike Florusbosch Musee National du Mali, Mali
Deirdre Hennebury Cranbrook Art Museum, MI
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 Oceanographic Institute, CA
2004 MSP Practicums
Name Location
David Choberka Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
Leilani Dawson Franklin Furnace Archives, NY
Meghan Glass Valentine Richmond History Center, VA
Catherine Lyon Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
Renee Miller Randi Korn & Associates,VA
Nicole Sielken Brookfield Zoo, IL