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Whew. Bear with me, for we are about to embark on a sacred journey.
1.) Apply to join a cult whose leaders are usually adjunct and/or out of the country for most of the year. Make offerings of all the money you have and ever will have, plus one third of your soul.
2.) Devote yourself to one or more of these leaders with offerings of menial labor in exchange for references to join new leaders after your first degree initiation. These leaders are also in contact with Museum Deities.
3.) Prove your devotion to said leaders by accompanying them to remote locations for weeks at a time, usually supplying all with offerings of liquor. You will likely be required to dig a grave. Your leader may require additional offerings of ancient pottery and/or human remains.
4.) Repeat steps 1-3 for about 4 years, after which you will receive your first initiation.
5.) At this point you may be permitted to speak directly with the Museum Deities. But it’s always possible your cult leaders were worshipping a false god and do not in fact have any real contact. In that case, it may be permitted to conduct the solitary sacred rite of Mass Email Petitions.
6.) Repeat steps 1-3 up to twice for an additional one or two initiations, after which you shall be a cult leader yourself.
Okay really: I got my BA in anthropology, during which time I went on a field school to Egypt (and yes, bought my prof a bottle of gin). After graduating I got a master’s in the UK, moved back to Chicago, and found someone to get me into the Field Museum. At least half of it is finding exactly the right person to talk to. That and gaining experience took me about 5 years. Next I’ll be getting another master’s degree, and almost definitely a PhD. It’s a long journey but it’s been (mostly) fun along the way!
Of course, there are other ways to get in, depending on what your interests are. Just find someone to ask!
This is wonderful.