Museum Management and Curation

Museum management covers all aspects of running a museum, including managing visitor needs, collection handling, restoration and business administration. A blend of the creative and scholarly, curation is the practice of cataloguing, selecting and presenting artistic and culturally significant work. 

Technology is revolutionizing the way audiences can experience art, allowing them to actively participate as they learn. Many museums are investing in guided tours using mobile technology and curators are using it to develop specialized experiences for guests. 

You can learn more about this field in the Vault Guide to Museum and Cultural Center Jobs

Gaining experience

Seeking out alumni who work in an area of interest to you is a great way to learn about their career journey and get their advice. Conducting industry research to determine your target organizations and then reviewing postings on their websites is the best way to find opportunities for internships or full-time work. It is also important to seek related experience in student organizations and clubs and volunteer efforts in areas you want to explore.

Princeton students can also get hands-on experience through internships at museums and auction houses, which are also common employers for alumni working in this field.  

Hiring process and timeline

Because this field spans multiple types of organizations and roles, there is not a single hiring process or timeline. Many organizations typically hire close to the start date for the position. Identifying organizations of interest and then checking their websites regularly or speaking to alumni who work there will offer insights into their specific recruiting cycles.

Examples of job titles and roles
  • Archivist
  • Conservator
  • Curator
  • Docent
  • Exhibit designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Membership officer
  • Museum educator
Professional organizations and associations

Professional organizations and associations are membership-based groups comprised of people working in a similar field. They can be helpful resources for students to learn more about a field, develop connections and discover related opportunities. You can search for related organizations and associations using a database provided by the Princeton University Library.

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