Title:  Teaching Heritage Collaborative Intern               

Department:  Legacy

Supervisor:  Matt Hill

Hours: 5-15 per week

Timeframe:  Jan 1, 2014-  May 30, 2014

Status:  Paid.

Location: Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul

Project Summary: The Teaching Heritage Collaborative is a new partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The Collaborative is in the early phases of the project which seeks to coordinate the various and diverse types of history and cultural heritage activities offered at both institutions. The project is starting with coordinating meetings and dialogue on priorities. The intended outcome of these conversations will be one or two joint projects that can be carried out by both institutions, while both aligning with their strategic plans and providing a framework for future collaborations. 

Ideal degrees:  

History, cultural/ethnic studies, non-profit management, public administration, communications, American studies, business, management, or related field.

Student Qualifications:  Must be a junior or senior level undergraduate or graduate student majoring in public administration, political science, or history. Must possess the following:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and tasks yet-to-be-defined
  • Confidence in interacting with stakeholders and the public as well as within the office environment
  • Ability to multi-task and to be flexible with a fast-paced environment with changing tasks
  • Ability to think critically, creatively and work independently; willingness to ask questions
  • Willingness to learn about both the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota’s policies, priorities and staff
  • Ability to research, write, and communicate clearly and accurately

Student Responsibilities:

  • Learn about and assist with the strategic planning related to Heritage Collaborative and its work
  • Help convene and coordinate meetings between MHS and the UMN
  • Work on research projects as developed in the conversations
  • Collect and analyze data as needed to evaluate and improve projects

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Project management, communications
  • Insight into working between two large institutions
  • Opportunity for innovative applications for developing history and cultural heritage programming

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