fullofpink Posted April 10, 2011 Share Posted April 10, 2011 Sorry to resurrect this rather dead topic, but I'm really struggling with my decision to accept the Met internship I was offered. I applied to the Modern and Photography departments, and outlined that I would be interested in other departments if these weren't available. I have lots of experience--three collaborative exhibitions, an exhibition I organized on my own, a yearlong internship with a respected curator of modern and contemporary art, and a short stint at a well respected museum of contemporary art. My interview went great, and I was really excited for everything, but now that my paperwork has arrived I see that I've been accepted as an intern in the communications department. I am really grateful to have been considered at all, and I don't want to be whiny, but I have no experience in communications--I'm not even sure what it is. I just don't know if it'll be helpful to me at all. I'm graduating from undergrad this year with the intention of applying to grad school this fall. I'm just concerned that something like a communications internship may hurt me when it's so far removed from what I'm interested in. Sorry if this is ranty and bratty--I just want some general guidance. Do you want to work in a museum in the future or are you leaning more on academia? If you want to work in a museum, be it curator or in the exhibition department (or something else), a communications internship will only strengthen your application for a post in a museum after your graduate degree. You have had plenty of working in an institution, but most curators (and museum staff (especially at galleries and small museums)) must have a wide range of skills to be competitive. However, if the expense is too great and you really have no interest in this, then save yourself the trouble. If you want to go into academia, this internship might be useless. For applying to graduate school, this internship will not make you look directionless. It just means you have many interests and a wide range of skills. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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