Components of the Intern Experience at the Minnesota Historical Society
In order to be an intern at the Minnesota Historical Society, there are some activities all interns are required to participate in. Read on for more information about each of these.
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! Check out a sample Cohort Syllabus for more information on activities.
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.
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 which are generally on Tuesday evenings from 4:30-7:00 PM (from 3:00-6:00 pm in the Summer semester). The schedule for cohort meetings is set each semester.
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.