ACTC Museum Fellows Program

Program Overview

Interested in how museums engage the public? This program encourages you to explore a career in museums and gain an understanding of how museums address the challenge of presenting diverse historical narratives to popular audiences.

The ACTC Museum Fellows Program is designed to engage students in studying the challenges related to the underrepresentation of communities of color and American Indian Nations in historical organizations and public history graduate programs. Communities need to “see themselves” in the work of cultural organizations in order to identify with their missions. For museums, diversity is not about political correctness. The demographic shifts in American society require the leaders of state historical organizations and museums to diversify the perspective of their organizations in order to truly fulfill their missions.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in one of the five ACTC (Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities) campuses: Macalester College, University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine University, Augsburg College, Hamline University. Applicants must be prepared to complete internship hours in middle or high school classrooms in the area.

The Program's Four Components

  1. Semester-long course that explores the museum field and the challenges that museums face regarding race and diversity (Tuesdays 3:30-6:00 p.m.)
  2. Paid internship during the Spring Semester.
  3. Museum-study trip to meet with various museum professionals at the Midwest’s leading museums
  4. Post-program mentoring from program staff regarding graduate programs and professional development opportunities.

Museums Visited by past Fellows

2015-2016 ACTC Fellows visited many of the Midwest’s top museums:

  • The Field Museum
  • The Museum of Science and Industry
  • The Jane Adams Hull House Museum
  • The National Museum of Mexican Art
  • The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
  • The Illinois Holocaust Museum

Application Process

Apply online. Applications received before March 22, 2016 will receive priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the program is full. Contact Kyle Parsons with questions.