Meet an EMP: Jephunney Nduati

Years in Museum Field: 3

Degrees/Certificates: BA Cultural Anthropology from The Pennsylvania State University- University Park 2012
And currently working on my MFA in Museum Exhibition designing and planning at the University of the Arts- Philadelphia- Anticipated graduation date is may 2016.

Current Occupation: Museum Assistant at the Wells Fargo History Museum

Previous Museum Experience: Science Presenter Volunteer at the Franklin Institute, Exhibit Development Intern/Volunteer at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA

Did a mentor play a significant role in your career development? I started volunteering with no clue what I wanted to do in a museum. During my internship at Mercer Museum my mentor exposed me to all faces of the museum, I did a little time in education, communication and Exhibits. Later I was able to weigh my skills and found that Exhibits was my strong hold, my mentor then gave me some projects that would enhance my skills while she supervised me. Today I am a graduate student at the University of the Arts in Museum Exhibit and designing.

How does your current position fit into your career plan? I work as Museum Assistant at Wells Fargo History Museum. In my position we brainstorm ideas that we think can help push the museum forward which for my career helps out a lot cause I will be spending a lot of time brainstorming exhibition ideas.

What museum organizations do you belong to? Philly EMP and the American Alliance of Museums.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you began in this profession? Three years into the field and I can tell you what every department in the museum does. If I knew this I would have selected what I wanted to do earlier and moved ahead with it.

What do you enjoy most about your position? Ability to work as a team and the ability to have my voice heard in museum development.

What is it that keeps you engaged at work? The willingness to learn more to advance my skills to the next level….There is no limit in the museum.

Jephunney Nduati started as a volunteer right out of school as an undergraduate. Jeph volunteered and interned for free for about 3 years. Jeph then applied for graduate school and a job that met my qualifications. Jeph’s favorite museum outside of Philadelphia is the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

Fun Fact: While growing up in Kenya, Jeph was able to ride an ostrich and was once chased by a giraffe!



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