The 6-credit ‘Practicum’ experience required for the MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities makes the degree uniquely suited to students who want a more applied and less theoretical approach to the field than offered by many academic programs.  It positions our students to capitalize on their real-world involvement with issues already encountered in the classroom but enriched by their interaction with professionals in the field. Since the program’s inception in 2013, students have completed their practicum at the following institutions:

Bugbook Historical Computer Museum, Floyd, VA

Christiansburg Institute, Christiansburg, VA

Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), Raleigh, NC

Imperial Symphony Orchestra, Lakeland, FL

Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA

Lin Family Mansion and Garden, Taiwan

Maymont Museum, Richmond, VA

Metal Museum, Memphis, TN

Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Art Center, Christiansburg, VA

Moss Center for the Arts, Blacksburg, VA

National Cryptologic Museum, McLean, VA

National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico VA

Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge, VA

Newseum, Washington, DC

Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester, Maine

San Gemini Preservation School, Italy

Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

Virginia Museum of Transportation, Roanoke, VA

Wytheville Historical Society, Wytheville, VA

Students (or alumni) interested in applying for a paid internship to fulfill their practicum requirement should visit this Cornell University website, which currently features a list of the 2020 internships associated with the National Council for Preservation Education.