Get Involved

Joining NEMPN means making a commitment to museum professionals across all stages of their careers in advocating for the profession. Join and help museum professionals make meaningful connections within and across backgrounds, disciplines, and institutions.

We encourage EMPs to participate in a variety of ways, depending on time, financial resources, and interests.

Get involved in your local chapter.

Find the chapter nearest to you! NEMPN chapters form and develop communities for network, professional development, and advocacy campaigns with geographic areas.

Participate in our advocacy campaigns.

 Our Advocacy Committee is responsible for championing and working towards meeting the NEMPN Board and community’s advocacy goals through a variety of channels. Our current (2021-2022) goals include:

  • End Unpaid Internships
  • Salary Transparency
  • Championing DEAI principles and practices

Learn more about our advocacy goals on our Advocacy page.

Participate in our national leadership and committees.

NEMPN’s national leadership and committees to link NEMPN chapters to critical conversations and provide an incredible support network for EMPs across the world. EMPs can contribute skills such as graphic design, fundraising, community building, editing, organizing, etc. Current committees include:

  • National EMP Board
  • Advocacy Committee
  • Communications Committee
  • Community Committee
  • Conference Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Finance and Fundraising Committee
  • Publications Committee

Learn more about our Boards and Committees on our Leadership page.

Attend online, national, and regional events.

NEMPN chapters are all over the country (and increasingly going global!) They organize local events and activities. NEMPN’s Board also organizes national and regional gatherings plus biannual town halls, and national webinars on a variety of topics.

Learn about upcoming events on our Calendar.

Write for Theory and Practice.

Theory and Practice: The Emerging Museum Professionals Journal is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal co-produced by the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network and The Museum Scholar. We invite submissions from emerging professionals across the community, including all institutions that utilize a collection to educate the public. There are no fees to submit or publish, and all published articles will be free for all to read.

Learn about upcoming Calls for Papers.

Stay connected.

Stay informed with all things EMP! Sign up and you’ll be added to the National EMP Network’s Pulse, a monthly dispatch to stay up-to-date with the goings-on of NEMPN and the field. Read the latest newsletter or sign up to receive your monthly installment.

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We do not have national paid memberships, and currently support our initiatives through fundraising, grants, and other financial projects. We especially appreciate members who build a solid foundation for NEMPN by making a contribution.