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Learn about the inner workings of museums through our Virtual Museum Seminar Program.

Virtual Museum Seminar Program

For Undergraduate & Graduate Students

June 7–July 29, 2021

Our application deadline for the 2021 program has passed. Kindly check back this fall for information on our 2022 program.


This summer, the museum will host a Virtual Museum Seminar Program for undergraduate and graduate students, June 7–July 29. See the inner workings of a major museum through experiences not available in most academic settings. Gain an understanding of museum careers, engage in weekly discussions, participate in professional development, and network with museum staff and peers.

Individuals of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the museum field. Sixty students will be selected for the program; they will receive a $500 stipend to offset technology needs and participation time.


Program Format

The program runs from June 7 through July 29, 2021. Each week, registrants will spend five hours in seminar sessions and one hour in a small-group discussion. Participation is offered via Zoom.

Virtual Seminar Sessions
Seminar sessions are Monday and Thursday mornings, 9:30 a.m.–noon E.S.T., and may include:
  • Talks with curators, conservators, and educators
  • Discussions with top-level administrators
  • Conversations with museum departments
  • Presentations on the museum’s history and collection
  • Guest speakers on current issues and museums today

Virtual Small-Group Discussions
Discussions will include:
  • About twenty students, based upon availability and scheduled each week
  • Opportunities for additional conversations with museum staff and participants
Virtual Office Hours
Each week, our Volunteer Services team will hold optional Virtual Office Hours for registrants to meet and ask questions, chat, and engage.


Attendance & Zoom Requirements

Attendance at all seminar sessions and small-group discussions is mandatory (six hours per week). This virtual experience will be hosted on Zoom. To fully participate, registrants must have:
  • Zoom app
  • A computer or device enabled with a camera, speakers, and microphone
  • Internet access
  • The ability to stay on camera during all sessions


Eligibility

To be eligible for this program, you must meet these requirements:

  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student, or have graduated within the same calendar year as the program
  • Completion of at least your freshman year of college by the end of the spring 2021 semester
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Committed to attending all program sessions


FAQ

Learn more about the program & selection process >>

How long is the program?
It runs for eight weeks: Monday, June 7–Thursday, July 29, 2021. Seminar sessions are held Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.–noon E.S.T. Small-group discussions are held weekly at assigned times (see application).

When is the application due?
Your complete application must be submitted by Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Do I need to include a letter of recommendation?
One letter of recommendation must be submitted with your application by the deadline.

Do you accept international students?
Yes, international applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis and must have applicable visa eligibility to participate in a stipend opportunity if they will live in the US during the program. The visa process could take sixty to ninety days. International students are responsible for obtaining appropriate work authorization during the program period. The museum does not sponsor visas. We recommend that you consult with the US embassy in your home country to determine which visa will allow you to participate in this program.

Please note that any authorizations must be completed well in advance of the program start date. If you are offered an opportunity but do not have your visa before the start date of the program, your registration may be canceled. If you are participating in the program while living outside the US, you might not be subject to visa restrictions; consult with the US embassy in your home country for more information.

Will I be notified when my application and materials have been received?
Yes, you will receive an automated email. Be sure to check your junk or spam folder.

What happens once my application has been received?
Each application is read by a committee of employees to determine who will accepted into the program.

How will I receive correspondence from the museum?
You will be contacted by email. Be aware that certain email providers filter emails from the museum. Often, these emails will be sent to your junk or spam folder. Please look for email addresses ending in “@philamuseum.org” and, when possible, mark them as being “not spam.”

Will I be notified if I am not selected?
Yes, you will be contacted by email if your application is no longer being considered.

When will I know if I have been selected for the program?
We will notify applicants via email in early May.

How many students will be selected?
Sixty students will be selected for the summer 2021 program.

If I am selected, may I receive course credit?
Yes, you may receive course credit so long as it is offered by your school. Make all necessary arrangements directly with your school.

Will program registrants be compensated?
Yes, registrants receive a $500 stipend (less applicable taxes and deductions) to participate, support their technology needs, and/or offset the six required hours of weekly participation during which students cannot work part-time. Stipends will be issued in three payments spread throughout the summer program dates.

Whom may I contact if I have questions about my application?
Please email .


Contact Us

If you have any questions about this program, please email us at .