Internships

Internship Opportunities 

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites offer 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 to 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 Internship Application and a current resume. 

All paperwork must be complete to be considered for an internship unless other arrangements have been made.

For information about these and other internships, please contact Jessica Stephens, manager of school engagement, at 317.232.8293.  

Collections Care Intern

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. This position is located at New Harmony in New Harmony, Ind. 

Cultural History Collection Management

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. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

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. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

Development Intern

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 is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

Education Intern

This position will work with the Manager of School Programs in creating educational gallery resources. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

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. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.  

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. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

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. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

General Collections Intern

The purpose of the General Collections Internship is to offer an overview of museum collections work, including research, management, exhibits and archives. The participant will gain an understanding of what it is like to work in a museum by completing a variety of tasks over the course of the internship. This position is located at New Harmony in New Harmony, Ind. 

Grant Writing Assistant

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). This position is located at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City, Ind. 

Historic Research Intern

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. This position is located at Corydon Capitol State Historic Site in Corydon, Ind

Historic Preservation Archival Intern

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. This position is located at Historic Sites Restoration in Madison, Ind. 

Historic Preservation Archival Intern

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. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum Indianapolis.

Historic Preservation Intern

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. This position is located at Historic Sites Restoration in Madison, Ind. 

Horticulture and Landscape Intern

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. This position is located at T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Nashville, Ind. 

Information Technology and Audio Visual Intern

Intern will work within the Audio Visual department to assist with the production and maintenance of the museum’s AV components in core, special, existing and upcoming exhibitions. Intern may also be responsible for meeting and outside event setups and facilitation. Position will also be involved in interactive exhibit builds, both hardware and software. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

Management and 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. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

Marketing Intern

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. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

Marketing Intern

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. This position is located at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City, Ind. 

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. 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. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

Photography Intern

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. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

Programs Intern 

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. This position is located at T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Nashville, Ind. 

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. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

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. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

Writing and 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. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.