High School Internships

An amazing opportunity for high school students: Work in a museum. Learn from professionals. Get in on special programs. Meet other interns. And get paid, too!

The MNHS High School Internship Program is a great way to gain professional experience, develop your leadership potential and discover what it's like to work at a cultural organization.

Internship Opportunities

CRECER stands for "Creating Revolutionary Education through Cultura y EmpodeRamiento de Jovenes" ('culture and empowerment of youth'). CRECER is a three-week, summer-intensive teen program where the mission is to cultivate the growth and fortaleza of Latinx students as they connect with their roots, learn about their history, and navigate through academia. 

CRECER will meet Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM at Minneapolis Community & Technical College from for three weeks in July. Students will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the program.

Applications are closed for summer 2019. Check back in the spring for applications for summer 2020. 

If you have any questions, please contact Amber Jones at amber.jones@mnhs.org or 651-259-3488.



Nia is a Spring-Break intensive program where students will learn first hand about historical representation of African Americans through research and local community immersion experiences. Students will produce original mini-documentaries on a topic in African American history.

Nia meets Monday, March 30th - Friday, April 3rd, 2020, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, during Spring Break. There is also a required program orientation (TBD) and final presentation day (April 4th). Students will meet at the Hallie Q. Brown Center in St. Paul. Students will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the program.

Applications for Nia are now open here until March 6th, 5:00 PM. Students are required to complete the entire application by the due date; there will be no late submissions accepted.

Students are also required to submit contact information of two teachers, mentors, coaches, or counselors as references--MNHS staff will contact them separately to receive their recommendations. Both recommendations are required for acceptance into the Nia program; please communicate with your references early to ensure they submit your recommendations when requested.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Hobson (jessica.hobson@mnhs.org) and Amber Jones (amber.jones@mnhs.org).



Teen Action Group (TAG)
The Teen Action Group is a school-year long program that helps introduce high school students to museums, what they do, and how communities are represented.  Together, they will research underrepresented histories, organize events, and present their findings in new ways. This program uses historical knowledge and resources to learn about current events and issues affecting Minnesota's diverse communities. Students are paid $12.25/hour for the duration of the program.

TAG meets every Tuesday from 4:00-6:30 at the Minnesota History Center from October 1, 2019 to May 12, 2020.

Applications for TAG are closed for this program cycle. Check back in the summer for applications for fall 2020. 

If you have any questions, please contact Amber Jones at amber.jones@mnhs.org or 651-259-3488. 



Applications for the Nia program are now open until March 6th, 5:00 PM.


As an MNHS high school intern, you'll gain real work experience in a professional setting, under the guidance of an expert in their field. But that's not all.

You Get Paid?!
MNHS high school interns are paid $12.25 per hour or receive a stipend.

You Get Experience and Make Contacts
MNHS high school interns leave the program with valuable experience to list on a resume, and with contacts they've met through working and networking with professional staff.

You Get Perks

  • Park here or take the bus here FREE (for your shift only).
  • Get FREE perks like: staff exhibit previews, tours, passes, classes and other special staff/volunteer/intern events.
  • Get discounts at Cafe Minnesota or Mill City Cafe while on assignment, and at museum stores anytime.

You Get to Know Other High School Interns
High school interns meet with each other several times over the course of a semester. They share experiences and learn from each other in informal discussions.