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ICP Frequently Asked Questions

Will this program run in summer 2018?

More information regarding our summer 2018 offerings will be made available this fall. Please contact summer@hampshire.edu with any questions.

Who should participate in the ICP program?

The Institute for Curatorial Practice is targeted towards undergraduate, graduate, and post-B.A. students, and is open to students from any concentration, major, or area of interest. Some understanding of advanced research methods and analytical writing skills is a plus.

Are prerequisites required?

We encourage anyone with a strong interest/background in the topics covered during the program to apply. The program is designed to incorporate a variety of skill levels, although it is helpful for the student to have at least some experience.

How do I apply?

We encourage you to apply online as soon as possible to ensure enrollment availability. We have a priority deadline of March 24, but admission is on a rolling basis. Submit an online application here.

What does the priority deadline mean?

The priority deadline is the latest date we can guarantee room in the program. The applications will then be processed on a rolling basis after that date. After March 24, spots are filled on a first come, first served basis.

What is the application timeline?

Typically, once a student submits a complete application, the faculty selection committee will review the application and make an admission decision within two weeks. Once students are notified of the enrollment decision, they must make a $400 program deposit to indicate the intention to enroll in the program.

Is there financial aid available for this program?

We encourage students to contact your financial aid or summer internship office at your home institution and ask about your options for applying for aid. We will work with all institutions on securing outside funding for students when available.

The Institute for Curatorial Practice offers a Paid Internship Program, which is open to any undergraduate student who attends the Institute for Curatorial Practice from June 1-July 1, 2017.

Some colleges and universities have summer funding specifically geared towards practical experiences or internships. Because students at the Institute for Curatorial Practice work directly with curators and museum professionals on an exhibition project, the course may count as a practicum or internship at your home institution, and you may therefore be eligible for targeted summer funding.
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How do I apply for an internship?

The Paid Internship Program is open to any undergraduate student who attends the Institute for Curatorial Practice. Once you submit an application to the ICP that indicates you are interested in being considered for a paid internship, we will send you a separate internship application form. The deadline for internship applications is March 24, 2017.

I will receive my undergraduate degree in 2017. Am I still eligible to apply for a paid internship?

For the 2017 program, any undergraduate who will receive a degree in December 2016 or later is eligible to apply for a paid internship.

I am a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; how can I apply for the ICP graduate fellowship?

Please email icp@hampshire.edu to learn more and apply for the ICP graduate fellowship position.

What is the refund policy for summer academic college programs?

For summer 2017: The full tuition balance is due by May 15, 2017. There are no tuition refunds available on or after June 1, 2017. If a student should withdraw from a summer academic program at Hampshire College for any reason, the program fee will be refunded according to the following schedule:

  • Withdrawal before May 15: 100% of the fee paid beyond the $400 non-refundable deposit.
  • Withdrawal between May 16-May 31: 50% of the fee paid beyond the $400 non-refundable deposit.
  • Withdrawal on or after June 1: no refund.

The student's date of withdrawal is determined by the postmark on the written notification of withdrawal from the program.

Once my application is accepted, how can I plan my arrival and stay at Hampshire?

Important arrival, check-in, and residence information for all participants is available here. Please note that you should plan to be on campus and settled into housing by noon on June 1, the day the program begins.

What if I have a disability or require a reasonable accommodation?

This program incorporates some activities that might be physically challenging. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to any student who might require them. We encourage you to visit Hampshire's office of accessibility resources and services website, or get in touch with us if you have any questions at summer@hampshire.edu.

What are ICP alumni doing now?

You'll find our ICP alumni all over the map engaging in creative, innovative work. We also have a strong alumni network and mailing list that is used to share information and current events that our alumni may be interested in. Here is a sampling of where some of our previous ICP participants are now:

  • Bruce High Quality Foundation curatorial fellowship in New York City
  • The Getty in Los Angeles
  • Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts
  • Princeton Architectural Press in New York

What is Museums 10?

Museums10 is a dynamic collaborative of 10 museums that inspire, engage and enrich their communities through shared experiences of art, literature, history, and the natural world.

The collaborative includes the Beneski Museum of Natural History, the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the Hampshire College Art Gallery, Historic Deerfield, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the Smith College Museum of Art, the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Yiddish Book Center.

The ICP engages with Museums10 collections and museum staff through site visits, direct object study, and guest lectures.

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