Title: Hmong Exhibit Development Intern
Department: History Center Museum
Supervisor: Senior Exhibit Developer
Timeframe: Spring 2014 (January - May)
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.
- 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.