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College Internships

Benefits | Eligibility & Requirements | Academic Credit | Learning Plan | Diversity Stipends | Internship Program Cycles

College interns in museum galleryA career-building opportunity for college students. Work in a museum. Build your resume. Gain real-world work experience. Network with museum professionals and fellow college students, too. The Minnesota Historical Society's College Internship Program offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for advanced undergraduate and graduate students to work in a cultural organization while building career credentials.

Internships with the Minnesota Historical Society are offered year-round. Interns can apply for fall (September-December), spring (January-May) or summer (June-August) semesters. College and graduate students can apply up to one (1) year after graduation.

Curious about what it's like to be an intern at MNHS? Check out this video made by former interns reflecting on their experiences and sharing some tips!

Available Opportunities

Benefits

As a college intern at the Minnesota Historical Society, you'll add to your resume while you learn first-hand about careers in history and museums.

You Gain Knowledge and Experience
MNHS college interns leave the program having completed "real" work in a professional environment, while under the guidance of an expert in their field.

You Make Contacts
College interns make new contacts through working with professional staff, and networking with each other at intern seminars.

You May Be Eligible for Credits
Interns can inquire at their schools about receiving credit for their internship experience. More info about academic credit.

You Get Perks

  • Park here or take the bus here FREE (for your internship shift only).
  • Enjoy FREE perks such as staff exhibit previews, a behind-the-scenes tour, museum/historic site passes, classes and other special staff/volunteer/intern events.
  • Discounts at Cafe Minnesota or Mill City Cafe while on assignment, and at museum stores anytime during your internship.
  • Free coffee and tea while you're working!

Eligibility & Requirements

Who's Eligible?
Advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and students up to one year out of college. Interns must be able to commute to the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

Time Commitment
Internships average 10-20 hours per week, or approximately 150 hours a semester, at the History Center. This includes four mandatory seminars for all interns. (See below.) Interns usually work on weekdays, during regular business hours (between 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.).

Intern Seminars (Mandatory)
All accepted interns are required to participate in monthly seminars as a part of their internship experience, so please ensure that you do not have any conflicts with the dates below prior to making your decision to apply for an internship with us. All seminars take place at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul from 3:30-6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Fall Semester Seminar Dates:
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Credit for Internships
Any intern who would like academic credit for their MHS experience must make arrangements with their school, and must notify their intern supervisor of any evaluation procedures required by their schools. If no specific format is provided, intern supervisors will use MNHS' evaluation form. More info about academic credit.

Learning Plan
Students NOT requesting credit for their internships are required to develop a learning plan.

Blog Entry
All interns must contribute one entry to the MNHS College Intern Blog. Blog entry format is flexible – entries may take the form of reflections, journal entries or reports that document learning experiences, discussions or people you've met, etc.

Please note: MNHS College Internships are considered a learning experience. Most internships are unpaid. Participation in the internship program is not linked to employment opportunities at MNHS.

Academic Credit

Academic credit for interning at the Minnesota Historical Society is available upon request. Some guidelines:

  1. Inform staff during the interview process that you are seeking credit for your internship.
  2. Find out your school's credit requirements - this is the intern's responsibility.
  3. Make sure to meet your school's requirements for receiving credit - this is the intern's responsibility.
  4. Notify your intern supervisor about any special evaluation forms or procedures your school may require. Otherwise, intern supervisors will use the standard MHS evaluation form.
  5. Be aware that your school, not MHS, determines grades and credits. Unless permitted or required to give grades, Society intern supervisors will provide only evaluations and recommendations.

If you are NOT going to receive credit for your internship, you must complete an MNHS College Internship Learning Plan.

Learning Plan

Students who are not doing their MNHS internship for school credit use a Learning Plan to structure their goals for the internship. The Learning Plan helps the supervisor determine appropriate projects and activities for the intern, and provides a way to evaluate learning during the internship.

Learning plan objectives are set by the intern together with their supervisor. The objectives provide:

  • A detailed description of the internship's learning goals,
  • The ways in which the goals can be successfully met,
  • The responsibilities of the intern and of the supervisor toward meeting the goals, and
  • The evaluation procedure for each objective.

Learning Plan (PDF)

* The word "credit" as used on this website applies to any numerical factors or grades recognized by the intern's school, or any alternative arrangements that the school accepts for this purpose.

Diversity Stipends

The majority of internships at MNHS are unpaid, although paid positions are occasionally available. In addition, there are a limited number of stipends available for students from communities of color historically underrepresented in the public history field. Students who are granted a paid position are required to complete a payroll process before they are able to begin their internships. The general rate for internships is $11/hour, but may vary with programs and qualifications.

Diversifying the Public History Field

The Internship Program offers a limited number of stipends to increase participation of communities of color in the Society, and in the public history field. Minnesota’s demographics are changing fast, yet Minnesota’s history still remains largely incomplete without their stories and their participation in the work of the Minnesota Historical Society. This is also true of the public history field in general.

This program is designed to increase the accessibility of the museum to young people and especially as a way to engage communities of color historically underrepresented in the Society and in the public history field in the possibilities that exist at the Minnesota Historical Society. Interns are also able to take on consecutive internships in different departments as a way to gain exposure into possible careers in this field.

Stipend Application (PDF)

College interns with fur artifactInternship Program Cycles

(Please note that these dates are subject to change.)

Fall 2014 

Intern Application Open: July 1-August 17, 2014
Internship Interviews: August 17-August 29, 2014
Interns Selected by: Week of September 8, 2014
New Intern Orientation (First Wave): Tuesday, September 9, 2014 New Intern Orientation (Second Wave): Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spring 2015
Intern Application Open: Oct 1-19, 2014
Internship Interviews: Oct 20-Nov 14, 2014
Interns Selected by: Week of Nov 24, 2014
New Intern Orientation: Tuesday, December 16, 2014