These resources are compiled for those seeking links to the IUPUI campus, the Indianapolis museum community, and museum professional organizations. Current students will also find a repository of guidelines and forms, course schedules, club and internship information, and other materials to help navigate through the program.
SPRING PROPOSAL DEADLINE: December 15: For spring registration, please submit your internship coversheet to Elee Wood by December 15. If you have questions regarding your proposal or internship please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware there is a once a month meeting that is considered part of your internship hours (the dates are listed in the course description).
Internships are required and probably one of the most important learning experiences in the program. They are arranged in consultation with a faculty advisor, and may be completed at any museum as long as the project meets the criteria.
Internship projects are done in a museum under the supervision of a faculty supervisor, focusing on a professional level project. Unless part of a paid internship, the time commitment is 50 hours of internship work for each credit hour earned. Authorization is required for registration, and undergraduate students must have completed the appropriate prerequisites before doing an internship. Internship proposals (including a cover sheet) and reports should be filed with the faculty supervisor and the Museum Studies office.
Planning your internship may seem like a daunting task, the following materials may be helpful in organizing your project:
Review an exemplary internship proposal and final report as models
Internship Proposal Coversheet PDF or Word
Intern Self-Evaluation Form PDF or Word document
Mentor Intern Evaluation Form PDF or Word document
Internship Final Report Coversheet PDF or Word document.
Below is a basic outline of what is involved in planning an internship. Please download and read the Intern Handbook pdf above for a much more detailed explaination of the process.
Step One: Choosing a location for your project
Several months prior to the start of your internship, meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your interests, goals, experience, and skills. Identify a focus as well as the basic parameters (where, when, how many credits, etc.).
Many museums have formal internship programs with a variety of projects available. If there is a particular institution you would like to work at, you may contact them directly regarding their internship possibilities and their application procedures. Your advisor can also give you a list of internship coordinators and contacts for area museums.
If you know what type of project you would like to work on, but do not have a strong preference as to a specific museum, you should discuss this with your faculty advisor. Often the faculty will have connections within the museum network in Indianapolis, and may know of an individual or institution which is looking for a student to do the type of project that interests you.
Either way, you should begin this process well in advance of the semester you intend to register for your internship course, so that there will be no delays in the development of your internship proposal.
Step Two: Developing an internship proposal
Please submit your proposal by the following deadlines:
Fall August 1
Spring November 15
Summer March 15
Your proposal must be approved before the semester in which you register for the internship, so it is important to get all your information organized in plenty of time. The handbook above provides you with a simple checklist of what the proposal must contain.
Important points to note: This proposal is not set in stone! Your project may evolve or change in scope somewhat over the course of the semester, and this is fine. In your final report you will detail this progression. Your proposal document sets forth measurable goals; it defines what you are expecting from your mentor and what your mentor is expecting from you. It will include a basic timetable of when you expect to complete each phase of your project, the specific learning objectives you hope to achieve through completion of the project, a list of "deliverables" which you are expected to turn in to your mentor and your advisor at the end of the project, and a schedule defining when you are expected to be working on the project. Your proposal may need to be revised upon examination by your advisor and your mentor, so allow plenty of time for this.
Download a Sample Internship Proposal
Step Three: Doing the Work
Using your proposal document as a blueprint, you will spend 150 hours working on this internship project at your chosen institution. Touch base with your mentor and your faculty advisor frequently; let them know how you are doing, and if you have questions or concerns! If the project is not going in the direction you had originally anticipated, discuss this with them to see if you need to get the project back on track, or if they would prefer that you refocused your efforts in this new direction.
Step Four: The Final Report
At the end of your project, you will need to produce a final report, including a self-evaluation and an evaluation form from your mentor. The main report includes all of the materials you produced during the project; in addition it will include your own reflections on the success of the project and what you have learned through the experience. You must present a copy of this work to your advisor and to your mentor. There are many project reports from previous years on file in the Museum Studies office—feel free to come in and look through them to get a sense of how to structure and compose your own report.
Museum Studies Program
The Museum Studies Program offers paid internships and fellowships with area museums. Students must be enrolled full time in the MA program to be eligible.
Recent Fellowships and Scholarships:
Our campus participates in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) - a multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs.
Details may be found at this site: http://msep.mhec.org/
Beginning in Fall 2016, through the use of the MSEP award to offset the nonresident tuition rate, students who are legal residents of Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin will pay no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate. Students eligible for the MSEP will receive an "admission-based scholarship" and will be eligible for additional funding through the program.
The museum studies program does not offer direct financial support for undergraduates, but students in the undergraduate certificate program are encouraged to seek support through the Office of Student Financial Aid Services and the Office of Student Scholarships.
Adaptive Educational Services
Bursars office (for tuition and fee payment)
Campus Calendar and Indianapolis Resources Link (check out the Campus, City and Indy Arts areas of the calendar for city-wide events, maps, reviews)
Counseling and Health Services
Graduate Student Organization
(Available from Indiana University through The Chickering Group, an Aetna Company)
JagNews (campus-wide newsletter)
Museum Studies List Serve (email Becky Ellis email@example.com to be added)
National Institute for Fitness and Sport
Parking services and permits
Office of the Registrar
Student Life and Diversity
Student Photo ID Card- JAGTAG
AAM American Association of Museums: Job HQ
AMM Association of Midwest Museums (see jobs page)
Association of Indiana Museums: Job Bank
The Global Museum
Museum Employment Resource Center
Smithsonian Institution Museum Career Center
Download a list of Professional Conferences in the Museum Field for 2015-2016
American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA)
American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
Association of Indiana Museums (AIM)
Association of Midwest Museums (AMM)
Association for Living History, Farms and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM)
Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA)
American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience
International Council of Museums (ICOM)
Midwest Registrars Committee
Museum Computer Network
Museum Trustee Association
Smithsonian Institution: Center for Museum Studies (CMS)
Visitors Studies Association
World Archaeological Congress (WAC)
Standing Professional Committees of American Alliance of Museums:
Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE)
Committee on Museum Professional Training (COMPT)
The Curators Committee (CurCom)
Committee on Education (EdCom)
Development and Membership Committee (DAM)
Media and Technology Committee
Museum Association Security Committee (MASC)
Museum Management Committee (MMC)
National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME)
Public Relations and Marketing Committee (PRAM)
Registrars Committee (RC-AAM)
Small Museum Administrators’ Committee (SMAC)
Visitor Services in Museums Group
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum
Conner Prairie Living History Museum
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Indiana Historical Society
Indiana Medical History Museum
Indiana State Museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art
IndianapolisZoo & White River Gardens
Morris-Butler House (Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana)
President Benjamin Harrison Home
Center on Philanthropy
Department of Anthropology
Department of History
Herron School of Art
School of Education
School of Library and Information Science
School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)