Last month, seven Museum Studies students along with Museum Studies Director Dr. Briley Rasmussen traveled to New York City for professional development. While in the city, the students visited with many museum professionals in museums all over the city, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the High Line. Appointments were made with some leading figures in the museum field, and the students had the opportunity to learn first-hand about real-life jobs that interest them.
“It can be very hard to get your foot in the door in the museum industry, so professional development and networking is critical to get this process started,” second-year museum studies student Kaitlyn Hof-Mahoney said. “People in [the museum] field tend to be really open to helping students, so it’s important to take advantage of that while you still can.”
This is the first trip the Museum Studies students have taken to New York City in many years. Professional development trips like these help to diversify contacts for these students and the College of the Arts, and contribute to the high percentage of successful job placement after graduation for Museum Studies alumni.