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New grant will cover living costs for museum studies internships

Rachel Harrison '18 takes a photo of fossils during a museum and heritage studies course

Rachel Harrison ’18 takes a photo of fossils during a museum and heritage studies course

Randolph recently received a $25,000 grant from the Helen S. and Charles G. Patterson Foundation in support of summer internships in museum studies and related fields.

With the help of this new grant, students may apply for up to $5,000 to cover housing, transportation, food, and other costs associated with their internships. To be eligible for funding, internships must be associated with museum work or related areas like history, art, or natural history as well as work that applies to the field like education, curation, fieldwork, or marketing.

“The grant aligns well with the College’s emphasis on experiential learning and the new museum and heritage studies major,” Crews said.  “While nonprofits like museums are able to offer students invaluable work experiences and connections, they are rarely able to pay interns. It is important that we provide support structures like this to enable students to take full advantage of these opportunities.”

An information session for interested students will take place later in November, but students are encouraged to make an appointment with Internship Coordinator Maegan Crews or stop by the Career Development Center to learn more. The deadline for first consideration is January 16, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter until grant funds are depleted.

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