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Exhibits InternsTitle:  Hmong Exhibit Development Intern

Department:  History Center Museum

Supervisor:  Senior Exhibit Developer

Hours:  15-20/week

Timeframe:  Fall 2013& Spring 2014

Status:  Unpaid; a limited number of stipends are available to students from communities of color who are underrepresented in the Society.

Location: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN

Project Summary: The intern will work primarily with a team developing an exhibit on the history of the Hmong community in Minnesota. The position calls for assistance in a variety of tasks including research in MHS and other 2- and 3-D collections, prototype production, brainstorming exhibit elements, maintaining an exhibit component database, and conducting visitor research. The intern will be directed by exhibit developers.

Student Qualifications:  Junior or senior level undergraduate OR graduate student in Museum Studies or history-related field. Must possess the following:

  • Strong research skills required; familiarity with MHS research procedures desired.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and take direction from multiple exhibit developers.
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment.
  • Comfort level participating in exhibit brainstorming and other team meetings.
  • Knowledge of or interest in Hmong history and culture.

Ideal degrees:  BA or MA, completed or pending, in museum studies, history, hmong studies, or American studies.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on historical topics and summarize information for use in exhibit development.
  • Participate in team discussions of project mission, goals, themes, and intended visitor experience.
  • Locate historical materials that assist lead developers, designers, media developers, education programmers, and other team members in conceptualizing exhibit components that effectively express exhibits’ intellectual and experiential goals.
  • Support creation of a variety of high-quality written products that communicate exhibit content to general and specific audiences.
  • Meet deadlines and respond quickly to requests.
  • Work cooperatively with other departments and outside MHS stakeholders.
  • Contribute to a positive work attitude within the History Center Museum by working cooperatively with others as an effective, cooperative, responsible team member.
  • Comply with MHS policies and procedures.
  • Keep supervisor informed of job-related problems and other information relative to assigned job duties.
  • Perform related duties as apparent or assigned.

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Understanding of the structure of a museum exhibits department.
  • Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of exhibits department staff.
  •  Deep knowledge of one or more key projects to form the basis of a project fulfilling credit requirements.
  • Examples of exhibit research and interpretive components to add to a portfolio.

Additional Materials Required:

Writing sample (minimum three pages) demonstrating the ability to organize and synthesize original research. Papers written to fulfill class/graduation requirements are acceptable.

To apply, please visit the Internship Program Application Process page.