Learn the Ins and Outs

The Denison Museum employs between 6­-10 students each academic year and between 2­-5 each summer. Students learn the ins and outs of the museum world in areas including:

  • Collections management and care (including documenting and photographing)
  • Research and writing
  • Exhibition design and installation
  • Data organization and analysis
  • Social media and public relations (including pod-­and video­-casting, web design)
  • Graphic design and marketing (including the use of InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Public speaking, education and outreach
  • Grant preparation research and development

Working in a museum is a team effort, but requires responsible individuals with initiative, strong work ethic, and problem ­solving skills. Also important, are being detail oriented, analytical, and organized. Students also have the opportunity in the museum to express and develop their creativity, interpersonal skills, and written and verbal communication skills.

Further Internship Opportunities

Students who intern at the Denison Museum during the academic year are also very successful in obtaining competitive (and paid!) internships at some of the premier institutions around the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Norton Museum of Art, Supreme Court of the United States archives, and the Toledo Museum of Art.

Graduate School Opportunities

Many of our interns use their experiences at the Denison Museum to prepare and make themselves more competitive for top graduate programs in a variety of related fields, including museum studies, art history, studio art, archaeology, public history, and non­profit management. Students have gone on to graduate study at New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, McGill University, George Washington University, Bristol (UK), University of Toronto, University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, Pennsylvania State University and more.

Career Building Opportunities

Denison interns learn skills that are both specific to the museum world and transferable to a great many other fields, especially in PR and marketing, social media and communications, and for work with educational and non­profit organizations. As a result, Denison Museum alumni have been very successful in finding jobs in fields related to their work at the museum regardless of majors or minors.