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Museums and the Web

An annual conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line.

Museum Internship Programs as Catalysts for Change

Abstract

This discussion will focus on the new roles of interns as museums respond to radical changes, many of which have technological underpinnings, and job positions and career opportunities expand in cultural technology – the emerging field at the intersection of digital media, networks, and cultural content. Cultural repositories are at a critical transition point. The Web is having a profound impact on how institutions fulfill their cultural missions. An increasing share of resources – human and financial – are devoted to digitization, preservation, and online access.

Some of the questions we will address are as follows: How is technology driving changes in the traditional roles of museum interns and mentors? How can museum internship programs empower students from diverse backgrounds to become cultural interpreters and knowledge contributors? What are some strategies for funding internship partnerships between museums and universities? How can interns help museums adapt to technological change?

In June 2010 the Cultural Technology Partnership of the New Mexico Dept. of Cultural Affairs and New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts received funding to establish the first AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Internship Program. If this presentation is accepted we will bring two of our AmeriCorps volunteers to share their experiences and enliven discussion.

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Professional Forum - discuss an issue

Authors

mimi roberts's picture
The unifying theme of my professional career, which now spans over 36 years, has been expanding access to cultural experiences for diverse constituencies. For the past eight years, I have been the Director for Media Projects at the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, where I promote the use...