The importance of art knowledge in the non-profit world

Lauren in front of a painting in a museum

Image courtesy Lauren Parda Kusek ’14.

Lauren Parda Kusek FP’14, Director of Planned Giving

Double major: art historysociology

Internship: Collections writer, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

Employer: University of Hartford

I secured a summer internship at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford Connecticut, just prior to my senior year, where I researched and wrote about the Roman and Northern Renaissance collections. The historical art perspectives that I produced became part of the newly revised docent training program at the museum.

As a direct result of my experience in the non-profit community of Greater Hartford, which created strong networking connections, I obtained a high level and rewarding non-profit position at the University of Hartford shortly after graduation.