Caris Windhausen (University Library Systems-Special Collections)
I work in the University Special Collections Department at the Hillman Library helping to develop two exhibits and their accompanying materials. The city of Pittsburgh is turning 200 years old this semester (March 2016), so we’re working to bring together some of the most interesting people (past and present) who’ve had an opinion about the Steel City and left behind books, letters, and more for us to share. Then, towards summer, we’re helping to celebrate Europe Day 2016 with a collection of unique and beautiful children’s books.
To make sure as many people can experience these exhibits as possible, I’ll be putting together online Lib-Guides. These content-rich subject guides act as a record of each exhibit as well as a springboard for further research.
About the Program
Several HAA majors undertake at least one internship in an arts-related organization to develop their resumes and gain important experience that will be valuable professionally. In the local Pittsburgh area, our students routinely find positions at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, the Society for Contemporary Craft, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, among others.
Our students have also been competitive, securing appointments at national internship programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Guggenheim, the Smithsonian Institutions, and elsewhere.
Museum Studies Minors are required to complete an internship. Students should contact Alex Taylor who directs the Museum Studies internship program. Students will enroll in three credits when they are undertaking the internship and attend regular cohort meetings. These take place during the fall and spring semesters only. Prof. Taylor will assist in placing students in these positions.
HAA majors who wish to earn academic credit for an internship must participate in the Museum Studies internship program described above. Students are encouraged to pursue internship opportunities to develop their resumes and do not need to enroll in academic credit to do this.
The HAA department, through generous support from The Fine Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation, is able to provide four museum profession fellowships each academic year to qualified HAA majors and Museum Studies Minors. Each recipient is supported with a stipend of $3500 which enables them to devote full attention to an intensive internship, working directly with a local arts professional who serves as a mentor. Fellowships usually take place each summer, but on occasion, a student may hold this position over the course of an academic year. Each year, the call for applications is announced early in the spring semester for the upcoming summer/academic year. In the past, Fellows have worked for the curators of the Department of Contemporary Art, Decorative Art, and Education at the Carnegie Museum of Art, at the archives of the Andy Warhol Museum, at the office of the curator and acting director of the Andy Warhol Museum, for the curators of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, and for the director of the Society for Contemporary Craft.
ANY STUDENT WHO IS CONSIDERING UNDERTAKING AN INTERNSHIP SHOULD VISIT THE HAA DEPARTMENTAL ADVISING ORGANIZATION SITE ON COURSEWEB.PITT.EDU. See “My Organizations.” If you do not have access to this site, contact Corrin Trombley.