Accessibility Intern

Department: 
MN History Center, Exhibitions & Diversity Initiatives
Supervisor: 
Museum Access Specialist
Hours: 
10-15 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: 

According to the Institute on Disability, “If people with disabilities were a formally recognized minority group, at 19% of the population, they would be the largest minority group in the United States.” MNHS welcomes and serves all people of Minnesota, including displaced Indigenous communities. We reflect the diversity of those we serve and ensure that inclusive practices are embedded in all aspects of our work. An internship within Inclusion and Access will primarily include researching best practices in accessible programs and developing more accessible communications (website, brochures, social stories).

 

Ideal degree(s): 
Communications, Psychology
Student qualifications: 
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills
  • Experience with internet research
  • Reliable
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in Excel
  • Flexible, you never know what will come up in our department!
  • A good attitude
Student responsibilities: 
  • Research best practices in accessible programming
  • Research potential partners and events MNHS should be involved in
  • Write website text and social stories
  • Communication with a staff across the institution
  • Other programming duties as assigned
Knowledge intern is expected to gain: 
  • An understanding of access for people with cognitive or physical disabilities
  • Writing confidence
  • Deeper understanding of programming and other initiatives at a museum or cultural organization