Internship Program Assistant

Department: 
Human Resources, Volunteers & Interns
Supervisor: 
Internship Program Associate
Hours: 
8 hours per week
Location: 
Minnesota History Center
Semester(s): 
Spring 2018 (January-May)
Status: 
Unpaid; A limited number of diversity stipends are available for eligible candidates.
Project summary: 

The Internship Program is a legacy-funded project that is in the process of developing new processes, systems, and evaluation methods.  The intern will work directly with Internship Program staff in various aspects of the program, ranging from social media communications to seminar planning/implementation and overall administrative support.  The intern will spend most of their time in an office environment working in front of a computer, although there are some opportunities to travel and assist with seminar meetings.

Ideal degree(s): 
Business/Management, Communications, Computer Science, History, IT/Computer Science, Management, Non-Profit Management, Volunteer Management
Student qualifications: 

Undergraduate junior or senior with possession of the following:

  • Ability to work well independently and in a team setting
  • Detail-oriented
  • Experience taking responsibility for a project in the past
  • Experience inputting and manipulating data in a database
  • Proficiency in using social-media technologies (particularly with Facebook)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to think outside of the box
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite, Volgistics, iMovie, Adobe Photoshop and other media editing software is a plus, but not required  
  • Photography experience is a plus, but not required
Student responsibilities: 

Community Outreach (40%)

  • Assist with the recruitment/community outreach as needed
  • Complete a spotlight interview of a majority of interns in the current semester
  • Complete a minimum number of informational interviews with MNHS or other staff in your field of interest
  • Participate with the intern hiring process, including the screening & interviewing process
  • Special projects as assigned, which may include attendance at career fairs or other community events, as well as updating photographs in our volunteer and intern database

Social Media (30%)

  • Develop content (videos, photos, contests, etc.) for Facebook fan page and groups
  • Support the marketing of the internship program through social media channels

Administrative Support (20%)

  • Provide suggestions for improvement regarding various aspects of internship programming targeting current interns
  • Assist with administrative duties such as scanning, database management and seminar logistics
  • Manage intern communications and program administration as needed to support supervisor

Event Logistics (10%)

  • Facilitate the running of intern seminar meetings, including materials prep, logistics, set-up & take down
  • Present a career development activity or a topic for other interns at the conclusion of the internship
Knowledge intern is expected to gain: 
  • Knowledge of behind the scenes planning and implementation of the Internship Program 
  • A bird’s eye view of a government/non-profit professional organization
  • Improved personal and professional communication skills
  • Involvement in developing content and marketing materials for a professional organization
  • Understanding of the Human Resources field through the lens of the Internship Program, from recruitment to programmatic support 
  • Experience working with staff and students in a professional and a non-profit setting