Hmong Collections InternTitle:  Hmong Collections Cataloger

Department:  Collections

Supervisor:  Associate Curator

Hours:  10-20 hours per week (150 per semester)

Timeframe:  Spring 2014 (January - May)

Status:  Unpaid (A limited number of stipends are available to students from communities of color who apply for a stipend)

Location: Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul, MN

Project Summary:   The intern will work with the staff of the Collections Department to identify and catalog a recent acquisition of over 300 Hmong Pa Ndau (embroidered textiles).   The intern will assist in researching names of the makers, and conduct interviews with selected makers.   At the culmination of the internship, the intern is expected to have processed 50 textiles for publishing online and have developed a questionnaire to be used to gather information from makers.

Ideal degrees:  Hmong studies; anthropology; history or related fields.  

Student Qualifications:  Senior level undergraduate student, or a graduate level student, with a passion for research and documentation.  Must possess the following:

  • Strong research skills
  • Organized
  • Motivated with strong work ethic
  • Ability to write and communicate clearly and accurately
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment
  • Interest in textiles
  • Fluent in spoken and written Hmong

Student Responsibilities:

  •  Assist curator in cataloging Hmong textile collection.
  • Conduct background research on names of makers.
  • Conduct research in MHS Library using collections related to Hmong textiles.
  • Develop a questionnaire to be used when contacting makers.

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Experience working and researching in a professional setting
  • Building community contacts
  • Gaining experience with Hmong textiles
  • Building cataloging skills
  • Training in MHS collections cataloging will be given.

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