"After working about six years in the museum field, I decided to enroll in the NIU Certificate of Graduate Study in Museum program to learn new skills and network with professionals. Much of my work experience is with small institutions and therefore I am responsible for a wide array of tasks. The coursework provided me with a great amount of knowledge that I was able to apply to my job from collections care and exhibitions to education and grant-writing. The intimate class sizes are ideal for discussion and team projects.
The courses extend beyond traditional lecture to include hands-on projects, guest speakers, and site visits to museums. Courses are offered at convenient times including evening and weekends. The instructors keep students informed of internship and employment opportunities and are great at keeping in touch after graduation. I am very pleased with my experience at NIU and recommend the program to anyone who is interested in pursuing museum work as a career path and to those already employed in the field."
Museum Coordinator and Curator
Elk Grove Historical Museum
Museum Studies Certificate, NIU, May 2011
BA Art History,NIU, May 2004.