Hello! Welcome to my blog, where I will be discussing all things related to the museum world and social media. This semester for my course “Museums and Social Media” I have been tasked with writing weekly blogs relating to the course material, and anything related that inspires us.
Before I get into those posts, let me formally introduce myself! I am in my second year of the masters of Museum Studies program at the George Washington University. I am following a “museum management” track, with an additional certificate in nonprofit management. The pairing of these two academic studies will help me as I work towards my goal of a career in museum fundraising.
Since moving to Washington DC in August 2015 I have had two internships in fundraising – one at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and one at the National Portrait Gallery. This fall I am very excited to be back at the Air and Space Museum, working with the membership group the National Air and Space Society.
Before arriving in the District I earned my undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in Global Studies and French. While in Pittsburgh I was a member of the varsity swim team, and I also had an internship at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Pittsburgh was my first experience in city living, as well as “real” snowy winters! During my junior year I studied abroad in Paris, and fell in love with the city and the culture.
I am so excited to be taking this course this semester. I am Instagram-obsessed, and I really see the value and potential in using social media in a museum setting. While I am not particularly looking for a career in communications or social media, I think this knowledge is invaluable for any museum staff member to know. This is my first ever try at a blog, so we’ll see how it goes!