Uncover Indiana’s Secrets at this world-class institution, featuring unique exhibits and hands-on experiences that showcase the stories, events and characters that have helped shape Indiana’s history. Located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, the Indiana State Museum brings the best of the museum world to Indiana. Spanning three floors, the museum tells the story of the Hoosier state, and features a year-round calendar of exhibits that explore Indiana art, science and culture. Constructed completely from Indiana materials – including limestone, sandstone, steel, brick and glass – the building itself is a work of art, with icons representing each of Indiana’s 92 counties integrated into its exterior walls. Step inside, and you’ll be invited to experience Indiana’s past, present and future through scientific, cultural, history and art exhibits that help define our place in the world.
The mission of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is to celebrate, explore and steward all that is authentically wondrous about Indiana.
The ISMHS is a forward-thinking, unparalleled resource for learning about and appreciating Indiana and its role in the world. We discover, collect, preserve, interpret and present artifacts and exhibits that showcase the stories of Indiana's natural and cultural history, art and science.
Board of Directors
Museum Evaluation Assistant and Presenter -- Indiana State Museum
Intermittent Interpreter & Tour Guide -- Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site
Site Manager -- Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site
Intermittent Tour Guide -- Limberlost State Historic Site
Database Manager -- Indiana State Museum
The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Corporation offers a wide variety of internship opportunities for college students at all levels of study and in many different disciplines. Our internships are generally a semester long and range from 20-40 hours per week, although in some cases, other arrangements can be made. They may be served for college credit, to expand on your education, or for critical job experience. To apply for any of our internships, you must submit an ISM Internship Application and a current resume. Apply online here.
Application deadlines are:
April 1 for the Summer term, August 1 for the Fall term and December 1 for the Spring term.
All paperwork must be complete and in-house by the deadline to be considered for an internship unless other arrangements have been made.
COLLECTIONS CARE INTERN— at NEW HARMONY STATE HISTORIC SITE
This position is located in New Harmony, Indiana. The Collections Care Intern would assist with the inventory and care of the artifacts and documents in the collection. Work includes checking collections updating data before the information is entered into the site collections database.
CULTURAL HISTORY COLLECTION MANAGEMENT INTERN
The primary purpose of the Cultural History Collection Management Intern is to assist with specific projects or tasks which include Inventory, cataloging and the organization of artifacts in the museum database; assisting with exhibition installation and de-installation; and wrapping / preparing artifacts for transport and or making custom storage boxes.
CULTURAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS INTERN
Intern will use research skills when reviewing and organizing findings allotted by the supervisor in order to develop new exhibits. The intern will then analyze his/her findings in comprehensive reports written to achieve understanding in a specified subject. The intern will be provided with feedback to evaluate his/her findings. This opportunity is available year round to candidates with a background in history, African American studies, Women’s Studies and related fields.
he primary purpose of the Development Intern is to better understand the development process through event coordination and management; research; data entry, and assisting in creating various Development materials. Tasks may include researching donor prospects; assisting with event planning and preparation; data entry of donor information; developing a variety of materials and other duties. Ideal candidate will have strong oral and written communication skills; be computer-literate; be enthusiastic and flexible; able to manage multiple projects and tasks, and meet deadlines; and have an interest in the development/fundraising process. Possible majors include nonprofit management, philanthropic studies, and business/finance, al-though others may apply.
This position will work with the Manager of School Programs in creating educational gallery resources related to new core gallery spaces opening in Fall 2016.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING INTERN
This position will work with the Education & Outreach Department within Visitor Experience to increase the consistency, visibility, and quality of museum program offerings. The position will have a special focus on programming the public spaces in and around the museum.
EXHIBIT MAINTENANCE INTERN
Assist with the creation and maintenance of permanent and temporary exhibits throughout the museum. Basic skills in carpentry, painting and cleaning recommended. Must be able to stand on ladders and stoop to work at low levels. Recommended fields of study include: Theatre Arts, Set Design and Museum Studies.
EVENTS and SPONSORSHIP INTERN
The Events and Sponsorship Intern will assist supervisor in event planning process, fundraising events, sponsorship and overall nonprofit operations. Key functions will assist in planning and executing the events.
FACILITY RENTALS INTERN
The Facility Rentals Intern will assist Managers with the daily tasks and events. These would include the management of vendors, caterer, security, maintenance, and housekeeping staff needed for planned events. Intern will learn how to manage museum’s Master Calendar, while planning and executing internal and private events. Intern will network with clients, meeting and convention planners, event planners, and clientele for private events. The intern will follow up with clients after their event takes place and attend networking events, trade shows when applicable. Intern will attend internal and external meetings with clients. Intern will be responsible for researching and generating lists for potential leads determined by Facility Rentals department.
GENERAL COLLECTIONS INTERN — at NEW HARMONY STATE HISTORIC SITE
GRANT WRITING ASSISTANT — at GENE STRATTON-PORTER STATE HISTORIC SITE
This position is located in Rome City, Indiana. This intern position will assist the Site Man-ager, Development Department and Grant Administration with appropriate portions of the grant cycle. This position will assist with writing and editing grant proposals, data mining, prepping reports, research possible funders and confirming grant related files are in audit ready condition (need based on the time of year).
HISTORIC RESEARCH INTERN — at CORYDON CAPITOL STATE HISTORIC SITE
This position is located at Corydon, Indiana. Intern will utilize a variety of mediums to locate human interest pieces, quotes and fascinating stories from the days when Corydon served as the state capitol. The intern’s work will be used as educational vignettes at the Corydon State Historic Site during the State’s bicentennial celebration in 2016. The ideal candidate will have strong computer skills and experience researching historic topics. A passion for Indiana history is a plus. Suggested majors are: History, Library Sciences, and Museum Studies, although other degree areas will be considered.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION ARCHIVAL INTERN
This position is located either in Madison, IN or Indianapolis, IN. Intern will work on projects involving archival research, documentation of historic structures, national register nominations, etc. Intern works with sensitive and historic materials. Utmost care must be taken to ensure safety of the materials and objects. Some of the materials include documents that may contain subjects of a sensitive nature. Intern is responsible to use appropriate discretion with such information.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION INTERN — in Madison, IN
This position is located in Madison IN. Because of the vast variety of Historic Preservation activities performed by Historic Sites Restoration position will be, this candidate will travel with the team to the site restoration. This intern position is a hands-on training, participation in physical fabric investigation, carpentry, painting and/or masonry projects are always available and can be used to further the knowledge of the intern.
HORTICULTURE/LANDSCAPE INTERN — at T.C. STEELE
This position is located at Nashville, IN This internship with the T.C. Steele State Historic Sites Garden Operation is designed for students who seek work-related experience with researching, planting and maintaining historic gardens. Interns will work with the Maintenance & Garden Supervisor as well as skilled volunteers.
MANAGEMENT—VOLUNTEER SERVICES INTERN
Intern will assist the Volunteer Center staff in a variety of projects including volunteer management, public relations, recruiting, orientation, and training. Intern will also have the opportunity to develop his/her own projects within the scope of the volunteer program, including: research, evaluation, delegation, organization, and development of marketing tools. As part of the internship, the successful candidate could have the opportunity to attend professional development workshops, professional networking meetings, community outreach fairs and more. This intern-ship is available year round and is open to a variety of related majors, including Human Resources students. Prior experience as a volunteer and interest in the field of volunteer management is desired.
Intern will be responsible for assisting the marketing team in the development and implementation of its marketing, media and public relations plans. This will accomplished through developing, maintaining and expanding marketing channels/methodologies to the greater Indianapolis community.
MARKETING INTERN — at GENE STRATTON-PORTER STATE HISTORIC SITE
This position is located in Rome City, Indiana. The Marketing Intern will work with marketing department to increase the consistency, visibility and awareness of the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. Collaborate efforts with the marketing department of the Indiana State Museum to ensure consistent branding guidelines.
PERFORMING ARTS INTERN
Intern will assist the performing arts staff in the development, creation, and execution of a variety of performing arts programming for the Indiana State Museum and related settings. (Continued on next page)
Intern may interpret historical characters and vocal or instrumental performances. The intern may research the necessary information to construct a performance. The intern may also provide technical support and assist in the writing of scripts/text/music for a performance. The ideal candidate will have experience and training in theater, music, voice, instruments, performing arts or related fields.
The Photography Intern will work with the marketing department to increase the consistency, visibility and awareness of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites’ brand through truly spectacular photography.
PROGRAMS INTERN – at T.C. STEELE STATE HISTORIC SITE
This position is located in Nashville, Indiana. The Historic Site Programs Intern provides assistance and support to the Program Developer. The intern must be able to follow directions, think creatively, and offer informed suggestions regarding visitor experience, program updating and expansion, etc. In their work with the public, the intern will assess visitor behavior, questions and needs, and respond professionally and appropriately. The Programs intern maintains approved contact with volunteers, Friends groups and other partners as appropriate and has the opportunity to impact local community perception of the site and its staff and facilities.
RETAIL MANAGEMENT INTERN
The Retail Management Intern will assist the Store Manager with various tasks as assigned, which may include one or more of the following: assist with researching new product designs; product development; assist manager with researching new vendors; and custom designs; research merchandise to support exhibits that are mission related.
VIDEO PRODUCTION INTERN
The Video Production Intern will assist the New Media Manager with creating audio and video components for specific exhibits as well as on the web. This internship offers opportunities to do script editing, creative project planning, shooting video of events, compiling music for lobby playlists, assisting with set up and tear down of interview shoots, creating video archives, and editing video for a variety of media projects.
WRITING / GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN
The Writing / Graphic Design Intern will provide support to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites’ design team and marketing department through the design of marketing materials, mounting of graphics, photography at events and other duties related to advancing the museum’s mission.
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The Indiana State Museum is the crossroads of everything interesting, educational, and unique about the state. It’s a gathering place, a learning center, and family-friendly entertainment, all within a unique architectural treasure. With original works of art, hands-on exhibits, and an atmosphere that invites exploration and discovery, the museum is an ever-evolving experience that offers something different and surprising at every visit. It is top-notch entertainment and education that enables us to see the world through Indiana eyes. We invite you to become a part of this exciting museum as a volunteer.
Interested in becoming a volunteer? Submit an adult application. Youth (ages 16-18) may submit a youth application.
Current volunteers may access the database online.
Questions? Contact Tom Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See our available volunteer opportunities.
Director, Volunteer & Intern Services
Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites Corporation
650 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317.650.9584, Fax: 317.232.7090