An essential component of the Museum Studies Program, the MSP Internship (Practicum) provides students an opportunity to integrate their classroom training with museum work. The internship 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 or Associate Director. Students complete the internship with a written paper, public presentation, a contribution to the MSP Blog Museum Matters@Michigan, or discussion with a small review committee.  Any of these options encourage the student to consider the alignment of theory to practice based on the entirety of the MSP experience (including readings, guest lectures, public presentations, class assignments, etc.). Funding assistance is available to students to help defray the cost of pursuing the internship.  Though not all MSP graduates seek employment in museums, those who do often find the internship a valuable point of entry into the professional museum world.

MSP Internships completed 2023-2024
Name Location
Basmah Arshad Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, Dallas, TX
Richard Bachmann Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI
Emily Finch Association for Research into Crimes Against Art, Italy
Denisa Glacova ANU Museum of the Jewish People, Israel
Heidi Hilliker Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities), the Netherlands
Hannah Hoover South Carolina Institute for Archaeology and Anthropology, Columbia, SC
Emily Na Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Alexandra Norwood Uganda National Museum, Uganda
Alice Register Okinawa Churashima Foundation, Japan
Abigail Staub Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VA
MSP Internships completed 2022-2023
Name Location
Eimeel Castillo Library of Congress Exhibit Office, Washington, DC
Andrew Crocker Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Caitlin Dyche National Park Service – Railroad Network to Freedom, MD
Onyx Henry Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, GA
Chad Machinski University of Michigan Herbarium, MI
Antonello Mastronardi American Numismatic Society, NY
Katelin Mikos University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
Caroline Nemechek Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Kimberly Ransom Rebuild Foundation, Stony Island Arts Bank, IL
Estrella Salgado Fort Ticonderoga, NY
Pelle Tracey Institute of Contemporary Art, PA
Taylor West Oxford University Museum of Natural History, England
Chuyi Zhu University of Michigan Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, MI
MSP Internships completed 2021-2022
Name Location
Belinda Bolivar Umi’s Archive, MI
Ayana Curran-Howes Greenfield Village, MI
Isabelle Gillet University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
Mary Pena Weeksville Heritage Center, NY
Mariane Stanev GalleryDAAS, MI
Tina Tahir Neue Nationalgalerie, Germany
MSP Internships completed 2020-21
Name Location
Aleksandra Kuznetsova Adler Planetarium, IL
Jiangyun Li University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, MI
MSP Internships completed 2019-20
Name Location
Rachel Chamberlain Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
Emily Cornish Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Alexandra Creola Antikensammlung, Berlin, Germany
Susan Dine Research project at multiple sites to study museums and popular culture
Calder Fong The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, MI
Esther Ladkau National Museum of History, Japan
Rashun Miles Ricardo Brennand Institute, Recife, Brazil
Mark Ramirez Toledo Museum of Art, OH
Katherine Stadtmiller University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
Jeremy York Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
MSP Practicums completed 2018-19
Name Location
Roxana Aras Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock Museum, Lebanon
Megan Berkobien The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
Stephanie Brown Rubin Museum of Art, NY
Caitlin Clerkin Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Christina DiFabio Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Carolyn Gennari Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, RI
Charles Gushue Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, PA
Timothy Hart The Walters Art Museum, MD
Craig Harvey Lugdunum, Musee et theatres romains, France
Zoe Jenkins Musee du Louvre, France
Grace Mahoney Literature-Memorial Museum to Mikhail Bulgakov, Ukraine
Christopher Mulvey University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI
James Munene Museum of Ethnography, Swedish National Museums of World Culture, Sweden
Shannon Ness Royal Cemetery of El Kurru, Sudan
Alison Rittershaus Harvard Art Museums, MA
Colin Walker Museum of Food and Drink, NY
Felix Zamora Gomez Exhibits at various institutions, Spain
MSP Practicums completed 2017-18
Name Location
Amy Albanese UMMSP research project evaluating cultural heritage laws
Rebecca Bloom UMMSP research project at multiple sites, India
Carolyn Clayton Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, MA
Kyle Frisina Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Timnet Gedar National Museum of Eritrea, Asmara, Eritrea
Elspeth Geiger Matthaei Botanical Gardens, MI
Rebecca Kon POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Poland
Zachary Kopin Constitution Hill, South Africa
Allan Martell Instituto de Historia de Nicaragua y Centroamerica, Nicaragua
Hannah McMurray Musee de l’Eysee, France
Michael Pascual Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
Amanda Respess UMMSP research project studying Islamic art at various museums, United States
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
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 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