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Asian Pacific Heritage Day InternsTitle:  Youth Projects – Asian Pacific Heritage Day Special Project Intern

Department:  Volunteer Services

Supervisor:  Volunteer Services Director

Hours:  Flexible hours between Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m.  – 5:30 p.m.

Timeframe: January – May 10 -12 hours per week

Status:  Unpaid, a limited number of paid internships are available to students from communities of color that are underrepresented in the Society. 

Project Summary: The Volunteer Services Department coordinates opportunities and provides support to supervisory staff for the MN Historical Society's 26 sites.  In 2012, more than 2,000 volunteers contributed 42,250 hours in 32 programs.  The major focus of this project is on developing a project for the Asian Pacific Heritage Days with a group of 8-15 teens from the Asian Pacific community to develop an 8 week art project.  Assist in recruiting an artist from the Asian community to work with the high school students, recruit the students, engage the students, determine themes and content for the project, assist the students in presenting their artwork for the community event in April.  Must be available for the 8 week sessions, some weekends and the Asian Pacific Heritage event in April.  This intern will also lead various special projects to support the volunteer department. 

Student Qualifications:  Undergraduate junior or senior with the ability to work well independently and in a team setting.  Knowledge and experience with Asian- Pacific cultures.  Experience planning, developing and implementing projects.  Experience working with high school and/or college students.  Knowledge of art media i.e. photography, painting, graphic design and or media, knowledge of various social media tools (particularly Facebook) is expected, and the student must be detail-oriented, possess excellent communication skills and have experience with Microsoft Suite.

Ideal degrees:   Education, history, art, ethnic Studies, volunteer management, or related field.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Work with program staff and artists  in developing art project
  • Help recruit high school students to volunteer for this project
  • Work with community organizations to assist in promoting this activity
  • Help plan, design and facilitate the weekly meetings
  • Work with students to implement the themes and art activity
  • Evaluate the project with the students
  • Hold an after event with the students

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Work with an artist
  • Develop public program and work with staff to implement teen program
  • Project management experience
  • Knowledge behind the scenes planning and implementation of volunteer program in a museum environment

For more information or to apply, please visit the Internship Program Application Process page.