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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:


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.

Get Involved

Contact channel coordinator Christa:


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.

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 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.

Arielle Petrovich

Arielle works with students to build skills in archival research and mentors students interested in libraries and archival science.

Leslie Lea Williams

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

An oral history with Eva Laun-Smith

An oral history with Eva Laun-Smith

Athlete, activist, and Fulbright Scholar Eva Laun-Smith’21 discusses her passion for history, mentorship under College Archivist Emeritus Fred Burwell’86, and finding examples of Black joy in Beloit’s archives.

Career Accelerator 2023

Your professional development is more than finding the next job. (Although that’s important, too.) It’s about applying what you’re learning in a new environment, discovering the ways that your passions can impact the world, and unlocking the keys to your success. 

Get started on your future with the Career Accelerator.


To our community with gratitude

While we are grateful for all of our alumni, we wanted to take time to specifically recognize the EDYS alumni in our community – those who came to Beloit for an education but have committed to giving back to this community beyond their years on campus.


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