Dean Deirdre Yates presented Matthew Dellaguzzo with the M.A. in Museum Profession program's inaugural Experiential Learning Award.
Matthew Dellaguzzo, a recent graduate of the M.A. in Museum Professions program, a graduate program within the College of Communication and the Arts, was awarded the program’s inaugural Experiential Learning Award at the College’s Third Annual Graduate Commencement and Hooding Ceremony. Dellaguzzo was recognized for his work at his internship at the Hunterdon County Historical Society, in Flemington, New Jersey, where he researched an uncatalogued collection of Native American artifacts.
“Matthew’s work was truly exceptional,” Dr. Charlotte Nichols, program director, said. “He took the initiative to read through the copious personal papers, housed elsewhere and written in the late 1800s, of the collector who donated the objects – both to learn more about the collector, and to search for clues about the individual history of dozens of items.”
Dellaguzzo reflected on his internship and University experience. “I selected Seton Hall because I wanted a program that was both practical and intellectually stimulating,” he shared. “Museum work is a highly specialized and professional field. The combination of rigorous classwork and hands-on internship experience were exactly what I was looking for.”
He credited the program’s faculty for preparing him for his internship and career. “I received stellar guidance from the Graduate Studies faculty,” Dellaguzzo said. “My professors and advisers all demonstrated an extensive knowledge of and passion for the museum industry and have proved valuable assets not only in my internship work, but in starting my career.”
After graduation, Dellaguzzo co-curated an exhibition at the Newark Public Library of photographs, documents, and artifacts of his high school alma mater, St. Benedict’s Prep, in honor of its 150th year.
Dellaguzzo is one of 11 Museum Professions students to complete an internship during the 2017-18 academic year. Students gained more than 2,220 hours of internship experience at museums and cultural institutions in five states, accomplishing a wide range of projects from organizing a gala to starring in a short film.
Students who completed an internship during the 2017-18 academic year include:
- Erin Benz – Montclair History Center, Collections Management
- Jacquelyn Coletta – The Franklin Institute, External Affairs
- Hannah Gaston – Liberty Hall Museum, Education
- Ashley Halinksi – Morris Museum, Exhibitions/Collections
- Taryn Nie – Princeton University Art Museum, Information and Technology
- Jessica Pochesci – New Britain Museum of American Art, Collections Management
- Samara Santos – Rubin Museum of Art, Curatorial
- Margaret Schriber – New York Junior League, Development and Communication
- Ibrahim Shafau – The Toledo Museum of Art, Education
- Aimee Tillyer – Liberty Hall Museum, Education/Development
The M.A. in Museum Professions is an innovative program designed for individuals interested in pursuing careers in museums or related cultural institutions. Students in the program select one of four professional tracks, including Museum Education, Museum Registration, Museum Management, or Exhibition Development. All students in the M.A. in Museum Professions program complete a 200-hour-for-credit internship. A dedicated internship supervisor assists with placement and an internship directory is available to students.
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.