Students who are interested in a paid position, including winter and summer internships, at the Joseph Moore Museum are strongly encouraged to take at least one course through the museum prior to applying.
We offer various levels of museum collections and curation courses, as well as internships for students with previous museum or artistic experience. See the course descriptions below.
MUSE 210 APPLIED MUSEUM MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS (1-3 credits)
Students in this applied team use their communication and marketing skills by communicating with our communities through regular webpage, blog, Facebook and Twitter updates; coordinating with local press, including newspapers, for coverage of events; creating and distributing other advertisements around campus and Richmond; preparing an annual newsletter; and preparing a report covering the semester’s marketing activities and their efficacy (including a comparative analysis of data related to web traffic and visitor attendance) and suggesting future directions (due during exam week each semester or prior to a JMM Advisory Board meeting). Members undergo IT training for managing Earlham-based web pages, and read and sign our Social Media Policy.
MUSE 215 ENGAGING AUDIENCES WITH OUTREACH AND INTERPRETATION (4 credits)
This course will examine the fields of interpretation and engagement, in which mission-driven programs are used to creatively engage communities at a variety of institutions, especially educational non-profits and governmentally operated sites (e.g. parks, museums, libraries). (IE)
MUSE 224 THE USES AND ABUSES OF MUSEUMS (3 credits)
An inquiry into the development, philosophy and management of museums, especially as they relate to education, interpretation, research and conservation. Through lectures, discussions and field trips, students investigate science, natural history, art and history museums. (AY)
MUSE 231 MUSEUM FABRICATION (0-3 credits)
Students in this applied team design, create and maintain objects used for exhibits, research projects, and education that support the Joseph Moore Museum. Students develop skills in project design, teamwork, 3-D fabrication, design, graphics, structures, woodworking, metalwork, scientific illustration and more. The team meets weekly, and members undergo training and certification on large equipment and handtools.
MUSE 241 CARE AND USE OF COLLECTIONS (4 credits)
Natural history, or biological, collections have provided the foundation for the field of biology and the discovery of the processes that underlie the diversity of life on earth. The importance of such collections over time cannot be overstated. Yet formal training in caring for, expanding, and using biological collections is surprisingly lacking. This course aims to introduce students to the wealth of possibilities that exist in biological collections and the practical responsibilities of preserving them. As part of a team, students will gain hands-on practice accessioning, organizing, databasing, communicating with the public about, and conducting research with specimens in the collection. The second half of the course is devoted to research uses of biological collections. Students will read examples in the primary scientific literature of how research using natural history collections has made important contributions to our understanding of the natural world. Because students will read scientific articles that use museum specimens, they should feel comfortable with reading scientific papers and with the content covered in BIOL 111 (i.e. achieved a grade of B or better). Prerequisites: BIOL 111 or instructor approval. Also listed as BIOL 241.
MUSE 317 MUSEUM EXHIBIT DESIGN (3 credits)
This course introduces the principles of exhibition design. It will examine the role exhibitions have in communicating knowledge and explore a number of design techniques across disciplines. Students will consider the entire process from initial concept through research, design and fabrication with a considerable focus on narrative aspects of exhibition story telling and the various techniques available to enhance visitor experiences. Techniques for engaging diverse audiences including technology, furniture and lighting, flow, and programming will be considered. Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing or above is required. MUSE 224 or another MUSE course is recommended.
Museum Host (1-3 credits)
The student will improve and demonstrate communication skills in informal education by developing tour materials based on primary scientific research concerning exhibited museum specimens and hosting the museum during open hours.
The student will apply artistic skills to rendering biological organisms for scientific purposes. The student will work on projects that may range from using images in museum displays, brochures, and other media, to assisting with whole display design.
The student will be introduced to website management, multimedia outlets, blogging and social networking as effective communication tools for Museums, including evaluation and monitoring of existing web communication outlets.