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SHIP InternTitle:  Diversity Outreach S.H.I.P. Intern

Department:  Education Outreach – Diversity Outreach

Supervisor:  Program Associate – Diversity Outreach

Hours: 20* (will fluctuate depending on program dates)

Timeframe:  Summer 2013 (May – August)

Status:  Paid

Location: Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, MN and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus

Project Summary: This position exists primarily to assist Diversity Outreach staff with running all summer programming, with an emphasis on the Summer History Immersion Program (SHIP).  SHIP takes place over the course of two and half weeks and asks high school students to complete extensive research projects.  The goal of this program is to cultivate an interest in history by engaging students in college-level work while also introducing them to life on a university campus. SHIP is a working partnership with the National History Day Program, which prepares students to build academic skills through the experiences of research, inquiry and presentation.  We intend to run multiple programs concurrently over the course of the summer.

Ideal degrees:   History, spanish, communications, education, or related field.

Student Qualifications:  Graduate students or undergraduate seniors and juniors are encouraged to apply. Must be passionate about history and helping potential first generation college-goers find pathways to higher education.  Other desired qualifications include:

  • Interns will also need to be comfortable working with people from any type of cultural, ethnic, sexual orientation, or religious background.
  • Previous experience working as a camp counselor, tutor, or (history day) mentor
  • Interns need to be comfortable assisting students with research

Student Responsibilities:

  • Working with students by teaching research skills on a computer or in a library
  • Editing written text and conceptualizing research project organization (i.e. how to structure a project)
  • Interns will be expected to transition between programs and must be flexible about work schedules as program hours dictate weeks of greater and lesser involvement
  • Creating open discourse about higher education with students and encouraging students to explore their options after completing high school
  • Punctuality and organization are vitally important during program weeks

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Increased awareness of the operations and partnerships of a large public institution
  • Extensive experience working with diverse communities and underrepresented populations
  • Experience working and researching at Anderson Archives (University of MN – Twin Cities)

Additional Materials Required

  • 100-150 word statement on your experience working with students or groups from diverse or traditionally underrepresented communities.  Underrepresented communities is a term that is open to interpretation and commonly references (but is not limited to) cultural, ethnic, sexual orientation, or religious backgrounds.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Internship Program Application Process page. Applications for this position close on April 14, 2013.