Sarah Kraft, a student pursuing her B.A./M.A. in Museum Professions within the College of Communication and the Arts, recently secured a full-time position at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York City. Kraft, who is a Museum Registration track student, previously completed an internship at The MET as part of the Museum Professions program’s 200-hour-for-credit internship requirement.
Kraft acquired a 12-week coveted registrar internship at The MET in Spring 2017. In her role, she worked on a variety of projects from filing accession files and catalogue cards to leading a project on abandoned property for the storeroom in conjunction with the museum’s legal team. After her internship concluded, she remained in contact with her supervisor and continued to hone her registration skills through her coursework.
As she approached the completion of her master’s degree, she was offered a full-time position as the registrar’s assistant at The MET. In her current role, she works directly with couriers to arrange exhibitions and assigns accession numbers for every object that the museum is gifted or purchases.
Kraft credits the Museum Professions program for equipping her with the skills necessary to succeed at her internship and job. “My professors provided me with guidance that prepared me for a career in museums,” she said. “There are numerous regulations and processes to know in the registration field, and the classes offered in the program helped me to learn the ins and outs of my current position.”
She revealed that interning and working at The MET was always a dream of hers, but one that took time and further education to acquire. “I initially started applying to internship opportunities at The MET as an undergraduate and was able to secure a position after pursuing my graduate studies full-time” she said. “My advice is to apply, apply, apply. Museum Professions is a highly competitive field, so networking is key to finding a position. I did not find success immediately, but I found it at the just the right time.”
The accelerated B.A./M.A. in Museum Professions allows Seton Hall University undergraduate students majoring in programs such as art history, anthropology, English, history, or others to take 12 graduate credits. These 12 credits count toward both the B.A. and the M.A. degree. Following undergraduate commencement, students complete the remaining 27 credits of the M.A. degree.
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.