My Intentional Practice: Enter our blogging competition and win a guest post on Intentional Museum (and more!)

25th Anniversary ButterflyIntentional Museum is pleased to announce its first student blogging competition!  In honor of RK&A’s 25th anniversary, we want to hear from tomorrow’s museum professionals about their intentional practice and the impact it can have on the visitor experience. 

For our first blogging competition, we ask you to reflect on the following question: Through your intentional practice, how do you help museums enrich the lives of others?  Perhaps you are focusing on collections or exhibitions, using objects and artifacts to tell stories.  Maybe your love is museum education or visitor services, ensuring visitors have positive museum experiences.  Whether front-of-house or behind-the-scenes, we want to hear from you (check the guidelines for more information)! 

We often reflect on our professional experiences on Intentional Museum, but we appreciate the personal connection.  We want your blogs to tell a story, to speak about your experience, and to highlight your unique insight into the museum field.


  • Bloggers must be currently enrolled in a museum studies, museum education, library sciences or similar degree or certificate program.  Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.
  • Blogs should be no longer than 500 words and written in a conversational style.  Avoid jargon and academic language to ensure clarity.
  • You are welcome to share how the work of others has influenced your practice, but this isn’t required.  If you include quotes, be sure to include citations.
  • We have no idea what the winning blogs will look like – if you look through our past posts, you will see we tell stories, share academic insights, and sometimes we are funny.  We want to hear your story, so let your passion show.
  • Check your work carefully for spelling and accuracy.  While no one is perfect, winning blogs will be error free.
  • Email your entry to by 5:00pm (EST), Friday, April 4, 2014.

RK&A staff will review all entries, pick the top 3 and publish them on the Intentional Museum blog.  Winners will be notified and announced at the end of April.  Winning blog posts will be shared with our readers in May and June 2014.  Winners will also receive a copy of one of our favorite museum books, Stephen Weil’s Making Museums Matter, with a personalized note from Randi.

How to Enter:

  • One (1) entry per blogger, please. 
  • Send your blog as a Word document attached to an email. 
  • Include your name, school, degree program and expected graduation date in the body of the email, with the subject line “Intentional Museum Blog Competition.”
  • Please do not include your name/identifying information as a header to your blog entry.  Each entry will be assigned a number to ensure unbiased review. 
  • Email your entry to by 5:00pm (EST), Friday, April 4, 2014.

Other Important Information:

  • RK&A reserves the right to edit winning blog entries for content and length.
  • Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond with their contact information for book delivery.
  • Books will only be mailed to those in the United States and will be sent via the US Postal Service no later than May 30, 2014.
  • If a winner does not respond in the allotted timeframe, an alternate winner will take his/her place.
  • Winners will be asked to submit a picture of themselves for publication with their blog.

Still have questions?  Contact us at, or post a comment in response to this post on our blog!

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