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Emerging Museum Professionals (EMP)


Training Classes for those New to the Museum Field

If you are a student about to enter the museum field or if you are new to the museum field you should attend MPMA's 2021 EMP Training Sessions!

EMP sessions are part of MPMA's 2021 Conference. To attend these sessions, you must register for the conference.

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We have all been there and wondered what happens after graduation or if you switch fields. How do I break into the museum field? How do I get a job?  Should I do an internship? How should I dress? What do I look for in an institution? Who do I ask for help?

MPMA’s EMP sessions will help you answer these questions while building your professional network.

You will have the chance to talk to directors to find out what they look for in potential employees and to recently graduated EMPs to learn how they landed their first museum job. One-on-one resume counseling will provide you customized assistance.

By attending EMP sessions, you will make friends who will help you "Get out there" during the conference to meet potential employers and mentors. So sign up and take your first step into a larger world!

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There are EMP Sessions for All Levels of Emerging:

EMP Level 1 – Students newly graduated/about to graduate/looking for their first museum job

EMP Level 2 – Professionals with 1-3 years of professional experience in the field

EMP Level 3 – Professionals with 3+ years at or near mid-career


Need help making it to the conference? Apply for a scholarship! MPMA and its affiliates have several scholarships available for students and new professionals.  2021 Scholarship Guidelines

Go here for MPMA's Scholarship Application.  Deadline is June 23, 2021.

Conference Highlights for EMPs

EMP RESUME REVIEW:     Thursday, October 7(All Levels) 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

EMP Session and Event Schedule: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - For Any EMP Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

A3: Museum Career Stages: A Panel Discussion (SM / EMP)

A discussion among museum professionals at various career stages. Join us for a panel discussion exploring how career changes affected this group of museum professionals and how you can prepare for challenges in your own career.

Presenters: Andrew Dunehoo, Museum Curator and Director of Cultural Affairs, The Indian Museum of North America, Crazy Horse, SD
Peggy Schaller, Owner, Collections Research for Museums, Denver, CO
Steve Freisen, Director Emeritus, Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, Golden, CO

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - For Any EMP Level

8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

D4: Resume Review (EMP)

This session provides an overview to crafting resumes for museum positions, curriculum vitae, appropriate cover letters, and the importance of a career journal. The presentation format will be short informational session, attendee/presenter Q and A, and time for questions.

Presenters: Valerie Innella Maiers, Museum Studies Professor, Casper College, WY
Mattie Barlow, Archives Manager and Registrar, Oklahoma Hall of Fame | Gaylord-Pickens Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

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