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Museum Internships as Catalysts for Change

Miriam Roberts, Lauren Addario, Michael Jackson, and Angelo Mitchell, Center For Cultural Technology, New Mexico, USA

Abstract

"Cultivating a homegrown, ethnically diverse, creative talent pool of multimedia specialists capable of working with cultural content and committed to working in their communities" is part of the Center for Cultural Technology (CCT) mission statement.

The AmeriCorps Cultural Technology (ACT) program described in this paper is a widely replicable and adaptable academic and workforce development model. The goal of this paper is to offer ideas and perspectives based on our experience with the program on ways interns can serve as catalysts for change in museums and how museums can serve as catalysts for change in the lives of interns.

Keywords: AmeriCorps, careers, communities, cultural technology, internships, media arts