Full or Part-time
United States of America
Years in the field:
1 – 5 Years
Areas of Expertise
Administrative Support, Curatorial/Collections, Exhibits development, Guest/Visitor Services, Information/Technology/Digital, Project Management, Research & Evaluation
My name is Seth Berkowitz and I have recently earned my Master’s degree in Museum Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. I am incredibly passionate about history, having majored in the subject at Arcadia University. I have experience working with museum collections and databases, research writing, and engaging with visitors.
I have experience working with artifacts and collections, such as when I interned at the National Museum of American Jewish History and created files for recently donated artifacts to the museum using the PastPerfect software. I also wrote detailed condition reports for objects, while noting any damage or signs of decay. This required me to be proficient with data entry, a skill that I have since utilized at several other jobs. Furthermore, I have studied collections management as part of my Museum Studies degree, and I am well aware of the needs and requirements for preserving artifacts.
I am adept at writing and research, and have written numerous research papers, including my thesis for undergrad about the impact of colonization on Tasmania, and my Master’s thesis about the need for museums to repatriate stolen artifacts. My writing has also won several awards, such as the Arcadia University Essay Contest Scholarship and the Daughters of the American Revolution Dr. Aura A. And James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship. I am even currently conducting research about Philadelphia Fire Departments as part of my internship at Fireman’s Hall Museum.
I also have experience interacting with visitors, including when I worked as a storyteller at the Once Upon a Nation benches at Valley Forge National Park. This job required me to engage with guests, young and old, by telling them stories about people and events related to the historic site. This experience, along with my Museum Studies education, taught me about how to best interact with visitors and keep them engaged, and how to interpret history in an entertaining fashion.
Additionally, I am highly organized and extremely detail-oriented, I always meet deadlines, and I am a successful multi-tasker. I also have experience using Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and Adobe Suite.