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Interpreter/Special Events AssistantTitle:  Interpreter and Special Events Assistant Intern

Department/Historic Site:  Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Training Post, this position is based in Onamia, MN (12 miles north of Onamia on the southwest shore of Lake Mille Lacs) 

Supervisor:  Site Manager 

Hours:  20 hours per week, hours will be scheduled T-F with occasional weekend and evening shifts

Timeframe:  Summer 2013 (12-15 weeks between June and August)

Status:  Unpaid, a limited number of paid internships are available to students from minority groups who are underrepresented in the Society

Project Summary: The Mille Lacs Indian Museum offer exhibits dedicated to telling the story of the Band. Trace their journey to settle in Northern Minnesota, learn about their fate during a period of treaties made and broken, and follow their story up to the present. This position will work closely with museum staff to develop and implement special projects and events and engage, educate, and present historical information to the public. 

Student Qualifications:  Undergraduate junior or senior.  Applicant must be organized, possess good oral communication skills, knowledgeable about American Indian and Minnesota history and able to work a varied schedule of workweek and weekend hours.  Must be proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications.  Applicants will need to provide their own room, board, and transportation to and from the site. 

Ideal degrees:   History, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Museum Studies, and other related fields. 

Student Responsibilities: (These examples are typical tasks and do not include all possible work associated with this position)

  •  Engage, educate and entertain visitors as well as present historical information to tour groups and the public. 
  • Inventory and document library collections, create a master book list by author, title and subject matter.
  • Assist in the development of and implementation of special projects and events at the museum and trading post.
  • Learns and effectively presents program-related material prepared by professional program staff.
  • Learns and effectively applies a variety of presentation methods and interpretive techniques so that tours and programs are presented to an individual or group using the appropriate technique.
  • Learns and consistently applies high customer service standards.
  • Conducts stationary interpretation.
  • Assists in presenting special programs, demonstrations, and activities.
  • Provides general information to patrons of the historic site or museum.
  • Handles the check-in and orientation of groups as they arrive at the museum.
  • Performs limited cleaning, maintenance, safety, security, and other tasks in support of ongoing operations.
  • Perform related work as apparent or assigned.

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Exposure to the management and operation of a historic site
  • Improved oral communication skills
  • Opportunity to engage with public

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