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

Historical photo of Japanese American men interpreting during World War IIAsian American Podcast Initiative (AAPI)

Apply for a paid internship to learn about Asian American community building, innovation, and overcoming struggles through dialogue. Create your own podcast episode through interviewing, recording, and narrative storytelling!  This is a 12-week program that meets on Wednesdays at the Minnesota History Center starting October 2 and ending December 18, 2019.  Students are paid $12.25/hour for their time and work.

Applications due: September 18, 2019

Applications for AAPI are now closed.






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 field trips and conversations with community leaders. Students will engage with issues of housing, civil rights, education, and community empowerment projects through a lens rooted in history, critical thinking, identity, and social justice. 

Nia meets Monday, March 30th - Friday, April 3rd, 2020, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, during Spring Break. Students will meet at the Minnesota History Center. Students will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the program.

Applications for Nia are closed for this spring 2019. Check back in the winter for applications for spring 2020. 

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 teen programs are closed. Applications for additional MNHS teen programs will open later this winter and spring.


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.