Document Type

Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Arts Administration




This report is the result of a three month internship with The Historic New Orleans Collection in Louisiana. The purpose of the internship was to gain an understanding of the projects and strategies used in operating this nonprofit cultural organization. The majority of my time during the three month period was spent working on five tasks assigned to me by the Director of Williams Research Center (WRC), one of the buildings within The Collection. I also attended staff meetings and lectures as if l were a paid employee of the organization. Consequently, l observed the work practices of the statf at WRC. This paper outlines my numerous observations of the operations of THNOC, including board and staff structures, task descriptions, the supervisory approaches of managers, the importance of work environment on productivity, and the acquisitions, purchases, and programs which fulfill the organization's mission.