Art history, studio art, history, and anthropology are just a few of the majors of students hired as museum assistants by the Wright Museum of Art and Logan Museum of Anthropology. Both museums rely heavily on Beloit College students to help manage collections, deliver programs, and install exhibitions. It’s all part of the Liberal Arts in Practice: students apply what they learn in classes to their jobs at the two campus museums.
Museum assistants are often—but not always—museum studies minors. Many museum assistants graduate with an impressive number of transferable skills. These include matting and framing, exhibit label writing, object mount-making, exhibit installation, educational programming, collection registration, and database management. The skills that students gain at the Wright and the Logan often help them acquire internships, jobs, and graduate assistantships.
In addition to museum assistants, the college museums also hire attendants—students who welcome visitors and handle the gift shop. Some attendants go on to obtain museum assistant positions. If you’re interested, you can apply for an attendant position by clicking here.