Benjamin Porter, Professor

Closed (1) Encouraging Deep Learning about Culture at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology: Studies of Our Visitors and Surrounding Community

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

The Hearst Museum of Anthropology, located in Kroeber Hall, is currently developing a new gallery, exhibits, and programs that highlight the Museum’s collection of 3.8 million objects from around the world. Our new educational offerings will combine the exciting work of Berkeley researchers with perspectives from community members, looking at how they relate to the cultures and objects represented in the collection. We will encourage visitors to think deeply about questions of culture and identity. To maximize our educational impact, we need an understanding of how potential visitors think about these questions, and we need feedback on our plans.

URAP Participants will have the opportunity to join the Hearst Museum at an exciting time of change. As docents and researchers, our team of students will act as stewards to visitors from the community who create personalized experiences for individuals and groups of all ages. As researchers, URAP participants will collaborate in the evaluation of visitor experiences and explore techniques for creating memorable museum encounters.

-Act as the face of the Hearst Museum, field visitor questions and provide supplementary information.
-Participate in trainings to familiarize yourself with exhibit content and learn to facilitate meaningful conversations with community members.
-Lead groups of all ages on interactive and engaging gallery tours.
-Participate in the evaluation of museum exhibits and programming.
-Conduct independent research on a topic related to the current exhibition.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Katie Fleming, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: -Strong communication skills and professional etiquette. -Self-motivated and independent learner. -Experience working with children preferred.

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs

Related website: http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/

Closed (2) Marketing & Design Apprenticeship

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

The Hearst Museum of Anthropology is transitioning from safeguarding to showcasing our global collections. The Development Department focuses on projects that support the larger goals of the Museum: marketing, fundraising and project development. Students will be involved in researching museum membership strategies and designing marketing materials in paper/online/app forms. Students will also be tasked with creating engaging and exciting social media content to expand the Hearst's social presence and impact.

Students will be involved in creating and designing marketing materials in paper/online/app forms and invited to:

- Create engaging and exciting social media content to expand the Hearst's presence and impact
- Contact and create advertising options and opportunities
- Offer ideas and recommendations for marketing and advertising strategies.

Students working with the Hearst Museum Development Department will gain skills in market research, fundraising and communications.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Jenny Meyer, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Well-qualified candidates will have a background in marketing and/or communications, as well as a strong interest in Anthropology or a related discipline. Candidates should have experience with Adobe Creative Suite, social media management tools, and Google Drive.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

Related website: hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/

Closed (3) Registration Apprenticeship

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

The Registration division oversees and manages collection object documentation. URAP students will assist in the transformation of once hidden collections to fully accessible collections through:

· Processing New Collections Acquisitions

· Research and Cataloging of Existing Collections

· Archives Inventory and Needs Assessment: Library and Publications

· Archives Inventory and Needs Assessment: Documentation

· Lexicon and Hierarchy Review: Data Management of Object Materials and Object Type

Specific duties include processing new collections acquisitions, research and cataloging of existing collections, and inventorying archival materials.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Linda Waterfield, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Students are expected to maintain a close attention to detail; have manual dexterity; and be a current UC Berkeley student in the URAP program. The position is appropriate for students studying: anthropology, art history, classics, history, and other associated majors. Hours are flexible between 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs

Related website: http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/