Yale Alumni Panels | Museums and the Hiring Process

Museum Careers

This two-part online discussion is for graduate students from any discipline who are interested in pursuing a professional career in museums. In each session, Yale alumni who work in the field share their personal experiences and professional opinions. The goal is to better equip individuals for a museum position by discussing the range of specialist professions that support museums and sharing information about how to be competitive in the job market.

There are opportunities to ask questions with the online Q&A feature. Attendees must register to receive the link.

About this program

This session focusses on the process of applying, interviewing, and securing a position within the museum field. Panelists reflect on their own successes and share insights into the recruitment process at their respective institutions. The conversation also covers some of the effective strategies that candidates have used and touches on resources and training options.


Desirée Gordon (Yale BA 2002, American Studies and Cultural Anthropology), Director of Programs and Strategy, Brooklyn Arts Council

Megan Heuer (Yale BA 2000, Women’s and Gender Studies), Director of Public Programs and Public Engagement, Whitney Museum of American Art

Julie Ludwig (Yale MA 1996), Archivist, The Frick Collection


James Vanderberg, Educator, High School, College, University, and Community Engagement, Yale Center for British Art

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Visitors in the Study Room, Yale Center for British Art, photo by Harold Shapiro

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Visitors in the Study Room, Yale Center for British Art, photo by Harold Shapiro

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