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Megan O'Connell

Megan O'Connell

Museum Studies Masters Student focusing on Exhibition Development & Design

The George Washington University

Springfield, VA

I am student in the Museum Studies Master's Program at George Washington University focusing on Exhibition Development and Design with a history academic core. My goal is to work in various cultural institutions which will allow me to research and share a variety of historical information with the public. When I graduate with...




Exhibition content developer in a mid-sized museum or design firm.
Career medium 02

The Design Minds

Content Developer

• Conduct historical, image, and archival research
• Assist in the creation of exhibit development package
• Collaborate with graphic designers
• Investigate photo permissions
• Write script components
• Work with graphic layouts in InDesign
• Compile components of interpretive guides
• Work on components of RFP responses
• Set up and edit Filemaker


Gadsby's Tavern Museum, In conjunction with the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Program, Marketing, and Administration Intern

• Handle administrative duties for Historic House Museum Consortium (HHMC) of Washington,D.C.
• Plan HHMC Laundry Day Program for Spring 2014
• Facilitate Volunteer participation for the months of July through September
• Manage and Prepare for Tavern Day Open House at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
• Assist in the preparations for The Harry Potter Event at Apothecary Museum
• Prepare and organize packets for Gadbsy’s Tavern Costume Symposium

Career medium 03
Career medium 01

Union First Market Bank

Bank Teller

•Complete customer transactions
•Research and respond to customer inquiries regarding basic
account information
•Promote and sell bank products
•Create quarterly balance sheets
•Assist coworkers in daily bank functions


Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture

Exhibition Development Intern

•Conduct research, compose installation proposals, and object summaries for Musical Crossroads Exhibition
•Collaborate with Musical Crossroad Exhibition Curator and team regarding exhibition topics
•Assess historical objects donated to the collection

Career medium 03
Career medium 01

Sully Historic Site


•Cleaned and dusted collections
•Gave house tours
•Worked with school outreach programs
•Helped to archive letters from the Lee Family
•Helped lead Special Events ­ Dairy Days
•Performed office work
•Worked with children on tours and with craft events


Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Winterbreak Internship

Worked to research in the Smithsonian Archives for the 100th anniversary of the Natural History Museum.

The George Washington University

Master's Degree , Museum Studies

Exhibition Development

The College of WIlliam & Mary

Bachelor's Degree, History and Anthropology