Internship Title: MNopedia Intern
Department: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Supervisor: Associate Editor, MNopedia
Hours: 20 hours per week
Timeframe: Spring 2014 (January-May)
Location: Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul, MN
Project Summary: The MNopedia intern will assist with the growth and development of a publicly available digital encyclopedia about Minnesota. The resource, created by the Minnesota Historical Society, shares current, reliable, and relevant information about significant people, places, events, and things in Minnesota history. For details, view the project at www.mnopedia.org. This is an office position that will involve extended periods of time on a computer or in the library doing research. It will involve occasional lifting of heavy books.
Ideal Degrees: History, journalism, political science, ethnic studies, women’s studies, American studies, art history, museum studies, and related fields.
Student Qualifications: Enrollment in a graduate program or in an undergraduate program at the junior or senior level. Preference will be given to graduate-level students. The MNopedia intern should be trained in historical research techniques and best practices, and be comfortable working with primary sources. He/she should also have demonstrated writing abilities, top-notch organizational skills, an eye for detail and accuracy, and an ability to meet deadlines. Knowledge of American and Minnesota history and an ability to work independently are also desired.
- Create new original content for MNopedia
- Provide research assistance on previously identified topics
- Fact check MNopedia content
- Secure rights to image, audio, and video resources
Knowledge Intern Is Expected to Gain:
- Inside knowledge of an innovative digital resource
- Familiarity with MHS historical resources and how to use them
- Experience creating content for the Web
- An opportunity to web-publish original research and writing under his/her byline
Additional Materials Required:
- Writing sample of no more than 5 pages that demonstrates original writing and research skills. Excerpts from longer pieces and examples of exhibit copy or other museum writing are allowed.
For more information or to apply, please visit the Internship Program Application Process page.