HIGH SCHOOL Internships

High School Internship Program: Teen Gallery Assistants

High School Interns

The application for the High School Internship Program's 2014 Summer Gallery Assistant position is now OPEN. Completed applications (including teacher recommendations) are due by SUNDAY, May 16, 2014 at midnight CST.

The High School Internship Program (HSIP) is a work-based learning program that gives high school students grades 10 - 12 unprecedented access to MHS staff, programs and amenities.

This program has supported teen gallery assistants tasked to staff the museum galleries and design, prototype and implement gallery programs at the Minnesota History Center. For a sample position description, click here.

As you make your decision to apply, please look at your schedule to make sure that you will be able to commit ten hours each week in the Summer.

These are the criteria for evaluation.  Your ability to:

  • be a contributing member of the group through discussions and projects
  • be on time for meetings as specified in the position description
  •  be available to commit to two 5 hour shifts on weekdays and/or weekends each week
  • show enthusiasm and passion for museums and the arts

Because there are a limited number of placements available, you will not be invited for an interview until a completed application packet, as described below, is received by Internship staff:

  • Your completed online application
  • Two letters of recommendation (opens as a .pdf) from a teacher, coach or other non-family reference
  • A signed permission form (opens as a .pdf) from your parent/guardian if you are under 18 years old
  • A background check if you are over 18 years old (you will be asked to provide your social security number, date of birth and past residences to complete this)

Teen Advisory Council

Applications for the Fall 2014 Teen Advisory Council are now open!

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This is an exciting program for teens ages 14+. The Teen Advisory Council is a group of teens who help to develop events at the Minnesota History Center. Teen Advisory Council members recruited from around the Twin Cities will explore how museums work, AND how to make them more fun for teens! Interested students should plan for a time commitment of up to five hours per week including a weekly, two-hour meeting, homework, and occasional weekend hours. The council will meet Tuesday, September 23, 2014 through May 2015. Teens who submit completed applications by Monday May 18th will be prioritized for interviews and program consideration. A second deadline for August will be announced as well, if the pool has not been filled by May 18.

As you make your decision to apply, please look at your schedule to make sure that you will be able to commit two to five hours weekly, September - May. This includes meetings on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

Your success in this program depends on your ability to:

  • be a contributing and communicative member of the group through discussions and projects
  • be on time for TAC meetings on Tuesdays from  4-6 p.m., at the History Center in St. Paul
  • be self-motivated and able to work on some projects outside of your meeting time
  • volunteer five hours at the History Center from September 24th —May in addition to regular meetings
  • show enthusiasm and passion for history, museums and/or the arts

Because there are a limited number of placements available, you will not be invited for an interview until the following forms are received by TAC staff:

  • Your completed online application
  • Two letters of recommendation (opens as a .pdf) from a teacher, coach or other non-family reference
  • A signed permission form (opens as a .pdf) from your parent/guardian if you are under 18 years old
  • A background check if you are over 18 years old (you will be asked to provide your social security number, date of birth and past residences to complete this)

Students who are accepted into the program and meet participation criteria will be given a stipend.

Questions? Contact Amanda Adams at amanda.adams@mnhs.org or at (952) 250-7291.

Design Diaries International

Applications for the Fall 2013 Design Diaries International Program are now closed. Please check back for future opportunities with us!

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Are you a 15-18 year old girl who loves fashion? Then you're invited to apply for "Design Diaries International," an exciting new project using fashion, history and culture to connect American teens with Palestinian teens in Jerusalem. Teens will work together to create original garments and their own fashion show. Check out the position description here.

Training Required: Attend weekly meetings on Saturday mornings from 9-11 am at the Minnesota History Center and Textile Center of Minnesota, October through April.

Time Commitment: One 9 AM to 11 AM shift on Saturdays.  Participants must also be available for the fashion show, which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday May 15th 2014 from 7 to 9 PM. Selected students will also travel to Jerusalem between March 29th and April 5th; these dates follow with Saint Paul and Minneapolis Public Schools’ spring break dates.

Because there are a limited number of placements available, you will not be invited for an interview until the following forms are received by TAC staff:

  • Your completed online application
  • A signed permission form from your parent/guardian if you are under 18 years old

Note: Two recommendations are also required and are due at the time of your interview.

Students who are accepted into the program and meet participation criteria will be given a stipend.

Questions? Contact Aleah Vinick, aleah.vinick@mnhs.org or 651-259-3417.