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Mentored Learning

Mentorship experiences provide in-depth learning in a museum context and, for many students, lead to a life-long professional and personal involvement with museums. The research they contribute, the services and programs they provide, and the inclusion of their vital perspectives contribute substantially to the quality of UMMA’s campus and community service as we mentor the professionals of tomorrow.

In FY19, UMMA provided mentored learning experiences for 75 undergraduate and graduate students. 

Participating students:

  • 14 U-M graduate and 6 undergraduate students from diverse schools and disciplines participated in extended mentored learning as fellows, research associates, interns, librarians, program assistants, and art-handlers in the Collections and Exhibitions, Communications, Curatorial and Education areas, including the fifth Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow and the Rackham Public Humanities Fellow;
  • 18 undergraduate students and 3 graduate students served as volunteers with the UMMA Student Engagement Council and Student Docent programs, developing goals and strategies for engaging a diverse student body, including developing inclusive programming and outreach. All members received a strong introduction to museum work and careers through these service learning programs in Education.
  • 11 undergraduate and 5 graduate students participated in intensive technology related coursework and worked closely with UMMA to develop and test the application of their projects
  • 14 undergraduate and 1 graduate student worked in the UMMA Shop and as navigators for walk-in visitors
  • 1 undergraduate and 2 graduate students worked as UMMA Event Hosts and provided customer service, event coordination, and A/V support for public and student programs as well as UMMA’s robust rental program

These mentorship experiences provide in-depth engaged learning in a museum context and for many lead to a life-long professional and personal involvement with museums. The research these students contribute, the services and programs they provide, and the inclusion of their vital perspectives contribute substantially to the quality of UMMA’s campus and community service, all the while mentoring the professionals of tomorrow.