Document Type

Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Arts Administration




From May 28, 2002 to August 20, 2002, I served as an intern in the collections department at The National D-Day Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. The National D-Day Museum (NDDM) is a 501(c) (3) history museum that specializes in the amphibious invasions of World War II. The institute is very new, opening in 2000, and has experienced an unpredictable amount of success and acclaim. This rapid success and growth has created unique challenges for the organization as it tries to develop. The following paper is broken into five chapters and a conclusion. Chapter 1 is an introduction to NDDM, including its history, mission, organizational structure, funding and programs. Chapter 2 is a description on my internship that includes tasks and responsibilities. Chapter 3 discusses the major problem that the collections department faces (lack of staff) and Chapter 4 gives a recommendation on how to solve this problem. Chapter S discusses my effect on the organization and the paper ends in a conclusion of the organization and my experiences.