Museum Studies Students To Intern Across The U.s.

May 1, 2002

Undergraduate students who are pursuing a major in museum studies at Baylor University will spend their summer gaining valuable work experience in at some of the most prestigious museums in the United States, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Guggenheim Museum.

"Our department is very proud of the initiative that our students have shown in seeking out and applying to institutions where they can continue their education while performing a true public service," said Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, director of academic programs in the department of museum studies. "Many of these internships are highly competitive, and the success of our students is an indication of how well-prepared they are for the real world of museums."

The Baylor student interns will work at a variety of museums, from art museums to historical societies to medical science museums.

Casey Santillan, a senior from Boerne, Texas, will intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. At the Smithsonian's Center for Latino Initiatives, Santillan will work on two projects -- the programming of a scholarly conference and the identification of topics, speakers and performers to tie in with a future exhibit on Chicano history.

In New York, Emily Nicholson, a senior from Lake Jackson, Texas, will work at the renowned Guggenheim Museum SoHo, interning in its corporate membership office, while across the country, Kate Huffman, a senior from Yucaipa, Calif., will spend the summer at KidZone, the children's museum in Riverside, Calif.

Other students will work at Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth, the Museum of Health and Medical Science in Houston, the Chester County (Pennsylvania) Historical Society and the Waco Art Center.

Baylor has offered undergraduate classes in museum studies since 1973 and is the only university in Texas to offer an undergraduate program in museum studies. In addition to their coursework, students in the program are required to complete an internship with a museum. Past graduates of the program have interned at such museums as the Tower of London, National Museum of American History, National Portrait Gallery and International Museum of the Horse, among others.

For more information, contact Hafertepe at 710-4349.

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