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Steward and share human stories and connections

What is your dream career?

Maybe you’re a history buff and would like to find ways to interpret the past and present by working as a museum curator, archivist, or public historian.

Perhaps you’ve been waiting to turn your passion for writing, marketing, and web design into a sustainable career.

Or you want to engage diverse communities fostering civic, social, and cultural dialogue, through fundraising for a local non-profit organization.

Chart your own path

Faculty and staff, fellow students, and alumni are all eager to support you as you explore the Logan Museum of Anthropology, the Wright Museum of Art, and the College Archives and begin to tell stories about the items you uncover there. In your courses, your on-campus work, and the internship opportunities you pursue, you will learn about organizing documents, artifacts, data and how to make the knowledge you gain accessible and engaging to a wider public.

We connect you with opportunities

Study off-campus and intern at world-renowned research and cultural institutions including the Newberry Library and the Field Museum in Chicago, and museums and libraries connected with The Philadelphia Center. Or experience a behind-the-scenes tour at one of these sites through the college’s annual Career Trek.

Study abroad worldwide to engage with galleries, museums, and archives. Enroll in curating courses, take an arts management course, or learn conservation techniques at partner institutions while still receiving Beloit College support and advising.

Internships and campus jobs introduce you to the history of Beloit and surrounding communities, while providing hands-on experience with collections management, exhibit design, and other aspects of cultural heritage work.

Through their connections to cultural institutions in Beloit, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, Channels mentors can guide you to internship and career opportunities in the Midwest  and beyond.

Curating & Communicating

Your Mentors

Ellen E. Joyce
Ellen E. Joyce

Ellen teaches the history of medieval manuscripts and archival documents; she introduces students to designing web-based exhibits and using digital tools for research and for sharing information about the past.

Get Involved

Contact channel coordinator Ellen:


Nicolette Blum Meister

Nicolette empowers students and professionals with knowledge and skills through teaching and directorship of the Logan Museum of Anthropology and Center for Collections Care.

Photo of Tristan smiling.
Tristan Draper

A librarian herself, Tristan connects students who are interested in library careers and graduate school to advice, resources, and information.

Susan Furukawa
Susan Westhafer Furukawa

Susan Furukawa works with students to understand how the narratives people create are subject to cultural, historical, and sociopolitical influences. Furukawa-sensei and her students examine the ways in which language and stories are often used to curate our understanding of the environment and the world.

Kristin Labby, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Kristin J. Labby

Kristin works closely with chemistry and biochemistry students interested in applying their skills to medicine, art, and museums. She also advises students interested in health professions.

Donna Oliver
Donna Oliver

As a collector of pre-revolutionary Russian postcards, she is especially interested in questions of value, the commodification of culture, the fetishization of objects, and the psychology of collecting itself. Donna teaches students Russian literature and culture.

Christa Story
Christa Story

As Curator at the Wright Museum and as an Art History Instructor, Christa Story provides hands on experience to emerging museum professionals and encourages students to think critically about art history and museum practice in the past, present, and future.

Leslie Lea Williams

Leslie is an archaeologist who helps students understand the past through data literacy, analysis, and visualization.

Daniel Youd, Professor of Chinese, Modern Languages & Literatures.
Daniel Michael Youd

With research interests in Chinese literature, comparative literature, translation studies, and the digital humanities, Daniel works with students to understand how language, translation, and literature build the worlds we inhabit. He also helps students explore how we use language as a tool to curate experience.

Anatomy and Art

Anatomy and Art

At Beloit College, learning anatomy is not just about memorizing body parts. Students in Helen Werner’s Anatomy class also learn anatomy through art. 


Memes at War: Twentieth Century Propaganda

This faculty-curated exhibition showcases visual propaganda from multiple national contexts in the 20th century (China, Japan, Spain, and Russia) as a precursor to digital forms of media manipulation.…


Student curators help re-imagine the Logan Museum

A grand re-opening of the Logan Museum features new exhibits, new lighting, and vibrant design elements. Four students worked closely with the museum’s director, Nicolette Meister to complete…


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