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    History Internships

    Hamline-Midway History Corps 
    Contact: updates@hamlinemidwayhistory.org

    The Hamline-Midway History Corps is in its sixth year, and has a number of upcoming events. Students interested in doing research projects on the Hamline-Midway community should contact the group. Current projects include research on the history of Snelling businesses, Hamline-Midway Maps, Home and Architectural History, and Oral History initiatives.

    Anoka County Historical Society
    Contact: Heidi Gould
    Volunteer opportunities:  

    • Assisting with tours
    • Assisting patrons in research
    • Various clerical tasks 
    • Transcription of oral histories 

    Carver County Historical Society
    Contact: Erin Anderson
    Volunteer opportunities: 

    • Collections Specialist: Needed to help identify and describe parts of the collection. Work with staff or on your own to help us record information on specific pieces in the collection.
    • Past Perfect Data Entry: Enter data on objects in our collection into the Past Perfect database. Choose the collection you want to help enter. Staff will train on the use of the database. 
    • Book Box Maker: The historical society uses special boxes to help preserve the books in its collection. Box makers are needed to custom make these storage boxes. Construction involves measuring and arithmetic. 
    • Artifact Numbering: Every object in the museum receives a number that helps us to keep track of the object. Volunteers work with curators to select objects for numbering. 
    • Textile Numbering: Textiles are numbered by carefully sewing a label onto the original pieces using approved conservation techniques. Volunteers should have a basic level of sewing ability.
    • Clothing Collection: Volunteers are needed to help transfer our clothing collection onto padded hangers custom designed for the hanging collection. Training in object handling will be provided.
    • Carpenter: This volunteer will be constructing, or assisting in the construction of exhibit furniture and props for upcoming exhibits. Basic power tool experience and knowledge of materials, along with the ability to read and/or create plans and working drawings from concept sketches necessary.
    • School Group Aid: Assist the Education Coordinator with school groups that visit the museum. School Group Aides will be asked to roam the exhibit galleries to answer questions and assist students with scavenger hunts during their visits.  

    Dakota County Historical Society
    Contact: Rebecca Snyder
    Volunteer opportunities: 

    • Curator Assistant: Assist the Curator with painting, prop development, signage and exhibit installation. Also assist with organizing artifacts and keeping inventories.
    • General opportunities: Scanning photos, entering artifact information into databases, photographing artifacts, indexing information from newspapers.
    • Internships: available in research and writing, with primary intent being the articles published in the Dakota County History Magazine. 

    Hennepin County Historical Society
    Contact: Jada Hansen or Jack Kabrud
    jada.hansen@hennepinhistory.org or jack.kabrud@hennepinhistory.org
    Volunteer opportunities: 

    • Exhibit installation
    • Collections organization and preservation
    • Exhibition research
    • Internships: The museum will design intern-specific programs for each student with a focus on Service Learning Programs.  

    Ramsey County Historical Society
    Contact: Mollie Spillman
    Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities: 

    • Process incoming archival donations
    • Re-house and complete data entry of Everett Kroeger Negative Collection
    • Create finding aids for archival collections
    • Transcribe archival correspondence collections

    Gibbs Museum (affiliated with RCHS)
    Contact: Terry Swanson
    Gibbs Museum operates May-October. 

    • Fall Chores: raking, cleaning out the gardens, putting on storm windows, etc.
    • Special events support
    • Sewing help
    • Hosts and events interpreters
    • Summer Schoolhouse teachers
    • Internships are also available

    Scott County Historical Society
    Contact: Kathy Klehr  
    Volunteer Opportunities:  

    • object conservation
    • exhibit construction
    • assist curator with collections
    • aid patrons in research library and photo archive
    • scanning and database maintenance
    • School Year 2011/2012, Media Internship: The Scott County Historical Society (SCHS) seeks an energetic media intern to develop pod casts and videos for its website and exhibit displays. If you are interested in video creation, exhibit displays, or history in general, we offer a great opportunity for an intern to gain practical experience. This unpaid position is for the 2011/2012 school year (October – May), and is flexible in length and hours.
      The intern will work with the executive director and curator to develop pod casts and videos for the SCHS website and touch-screen exhibit component. Intern will gain hands-on experience with video creation/editing/display software, text writing, proper material handling, using the PastPerfect collections database, research, and best practices for exhibit design.
      The Intern will gain experience with Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 editing software, BrightAuthor touchscreen software, and various audio software; exhibit development in a small museum, including preservation techniques, collections documentation and museum ethics; hands-on research experience; and networking within the museum and with other local historical societies / businesses. This internship will help interpret and make accessible historical material, and leave a lasting and important contribution to our website, exhibits and public programs. 
    • January Term, Exhibit Internship: The Scott County Historical Society (SCHS) seeks an energetic intern to assist in museum exhibit development and installation. If you are interested in exhibit displays, curatorship, preservation/ conservation, history, or administration in general, we offer a great opportunity for an intern to gain practical experience. This unpaid position is for the month of January and is flexible in length and hours.
      The intern will work with the curator to develop and install the “Rituals of Life” exhibit in the main gallery. Intern will gain hands-on experience with label writing/creation, proper material handling and mounting, cataloging using PastPerfect collections database, research, and best practices for exhibit design and installation.
      The Intern will gain experience with exhibit development/installation in a small museum, including preservation techniques, collections documentation and museum ethics - hands-on research experience - networking within the museum and with other local historical societies / businesses – and help a museum properly display and interpret historical materials. This will leave a lasting and important contribution on our collection and public programs.
    • Summer 2012 Intern Projects (The deadline for spring applications is April 15, 2012. Summer internships are for the full three months with flexible hours): The Scott County Historical Society is seeking energetic interns for summer 2012 to assist in a number of museum projects. These unpaid positions will run for approximately three months, with flexible hours:
      1. Research, design, install central hall gallery exhibit, and components of major gallery exhibit
      2. Research, design, install south gallery exhibit on Medicine, and offsite exhibits (county fair, courthouse,..)
      • Deliver hands-on programs at various libraries
      • Research, write, design (and/or upgrade current), PowerPoint presentations including script (topic TBD)
      • Assist in administration of annual Hangar Dance fundraiser
      • Build audience list and contacts
      1/2 MEDIA INTERN(S)
      • Research, design and create/edit and upload videos to touch-screen for exhibits related to Medicine and the “oddities” from the SCHS Collection.
      Interns must be undergraduate students with some background or interest in history or museum work. Previous experience conducting research is a plus. Applicants should be enthusiastic, creative, and willing to work on a variety of projects, with strong written and oral communication skills. Selected intern will oversee projects based on their interests and the priorities of the museum. Interning at SCHS will give you a great introduction to the field of local history and non-profit work, as well as help you build contacts and personal interests.
    • To apply, send resume, letter of interest and two references to Kathleen Klehr, Executive Director
      Scott County Historical Society
      235 Fuller Street South
      Shakopee, MN 55379
      Questions: 952-445-0378 or info@scottcountyhistory.org

    Washington Country Historical Society
    Contact: Kirsta Benson Sanchez
    Volunteer opportunities:  

    • Warden’s House Tour Guide: You will be trained as an interpreter and host for the museum to guide school groups and bus tour groups. 
    • Educational Programs: Interpret and share history by doing living history, giving demonstrations or talks or provide in-school programs for school children. Training and materials provided.
    • Collections Care: Learn preservation techniques, cleaning and storage for all manner of museum artifacts.
    • Hay Lake Museums: Be a volunteer “teacher,” tour guide, museum or grounds caretaker at the one-room brick school and pioneer log home near Scandia. 
    • Archives and Exhibits: Help our archivist preserve fragile collections, organize picture files, prepare placards and displays for off-site exhibits and help researchers find materials. Training provided.
    • Data entry: Entering collections information into the database. Also volunteers index records to better help researchers. 
    • Boutwells Landing Museum: Provide information to the public in this small Oak Park Heights museum.
    • Washington County Historical Society offers internship opportunities over the summer months.