MNopedia Research and Writing Intern

Department: 
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Supervisor: 
Program Manager
Hours: 
20 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 MNopedia (pronounced MIN-o-pedia) intern will assist with the growth of a publicly available digital encyclopedia about Minnesota. The resource, created by the Minnesota Historical Society, shares current, reliable, and relevant information about significant people, places, events, and things in Minnesota history. For details, view the project at www.mnopedia.org. This is an office position that will involve extended periods of time on a computer or in the library doing research. It will involve occasional lifting of heavy books. 

Ideal degree(s): 
American Studies, Art/Art History, History, Museum Studies, Political Science
Student qualifications: 
  • Enrollment in a graduate program or in an undergraduate program at the junior or senior level. Preference will be given to graduate-level students.
  • Trained in historical research techniques and best practices, and be comfortable working with primary sources.
  • Demonstrated writing and editorial abilities, top-notch organizational skills, an eye for detail and accuracy, and an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of American and Minnesota history and an ability to work independently.
Student responsibilities: 
  • Assist with the creation of new content for MNopedia
  • Assist with light editing of articles
  • Provide research assistance on previously identified topics
  • Review already-published MNopedia content
  • Complete special projects as assigned
Knowledge intern is expected to gain: 
  • Inside knowledge of an innovative digital resource
  • Familiarity with MNHS historical resources and how to use them
  • Experience creating content for the Web
Additional required submissions: 
  • Writing sample of no more than 5 pages, including citations, that demonstrates original writing and research skills. Excerpts from longer pieces and examples of exhibit copy or other museum writing are allowed.