Overview

Internships are available every Fall, Spring and Summer semester. To be notified first of our upcoming opportunities and to stay engaged with us, you may “like” our Facebook page.

Please note: We do not accept rolling applications.

Internship Program

The Internship Program offers a limited number of internships to advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Students interested in gaining professional experience in a public museum environment have a unique opportunity to work directly with museum professionals and participate in structured opportunities to learn more about the Society’s work through the cohort activities. Students will be able to engage with interns from across the institution and develop a network of students and museum professionals. Most internships at the Society are unpaid.

Internship Program Stipends: Diversifying the Museum Field

The Internship Program offers a limited number of stipends to increase participation of communities of color who are underrepresented in the Society, and in the museum field. Stipend awards are available for interns each semester. Undergraduate and graduate students fitting this description are encouraged to apply. To apply for a stipend please refer to the stipend application. Due to the limited number of stipends, not all qualified candidates are eligible to receive a stipend. Stipends applications are due along with the application, and successful candidates will receive notification of their funding status prior to accepting the internship offer.

If you have any questions about the internship program, please contact internships@mnhs.org or 651-259-3191.

Internship Program Cycles

Like us on Facebook to get an insider view of our program and receive notification of when internship postings will be available. General guidelines are below:

Intern Cohort Activities

Interns are required to participate in regular educational cohort sessions designed to facilitate a common experience with other interns at the Society. During cohort meetings, students are encouraged to dialogue about issues within the museum field, to learn about various aspects of public history at the Historical Society and to build a network of their peers considering careers in cultural organizations. Interns also have the opportunity to hear from professionals across the Society. Cohort meetings provide insights into the work of different departments through sharing experiences with other interns, and are a lot of fun!

Learning Plan

Internships at the Society are based on learning objectives defined by the intern, their academic institution and the Society’s internship supervisor. The learning objectives will serve as a basis for evaluation and should describe in detail the internship project and define both parties’ mutual responsibilities, the duration of the internship, arrangement for academic credit and the evaluation procedure. To obtain academic credit for your internship, your academic institution may have a required format. If a learning plan format is not available, you may use our format (links to a .pdf document). This plan and the internship position description will serve as the framework for the internship experience. At the end of the internship you will be required to evaluate your learning goals.

Credits/Grades

Academic credit is available to students upon request. Students seeking credit for an internship are required to inform Society staff during the selection process. Students are responsible for communicating with their respective institutions to meet *credit requirements. While the Society will provide adequate evaluations for every intern, prospective interns are reminded that academic institutions determine students’ grades/credits. Generally, Society supervisors will not grade students on their internships; unless permitted to or required to give grades, Society intern supervisors will provide only evaluations and recommendations. Students seeking internships at the Society must ensure that all internship requirements at their schools are properly followed in order to receive credits for their work.

*The word credit as used on this website applies to any numerical factors or grades recognized by the sponsoring school, or any type of special arrangements that the school acknowledges for this purpose.  Students not requesting credit for their internships are required to develop a learning plan (links to a .pdf document).

Evaluation

Interns seeking to gain academic credit for their experiences are expected to provide their supervisor with any evaluation procedures required by their schools. In cases where no specific format is provided by the academic institutions, intern supervisors will use the Society’s evaluation form.

Time Requirement

Interns are generally expected to complete their work only during weekday hours (7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.). With the exception of internships at some of our historic sites, weekend and evening schedules may be observed only if the intern supervisor finds it appropriate for an intern to work during such hours. Please refer to specific position description for details for time requirements for each position.

All interns are required to participate in monthly cohort meetings on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:00 PM. The schedule for cohort meetings is set each semester.

Background Check

The Society is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for visitors, staff, interns and volunteers. Consequently, interns are required to pass abackground check as a condition of placement.

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