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 Charlie Shock, concierge and volunteer manager, at 317.233.9911 or cshock@indianamuseum.org.

Intern Benefits

Interning at the Indiana State Museum offers many benefits:

  • Free annual membership after completion of 40 service hours; membership privileges include:
    • Free museum admission 
    • Admission to all 11 State Historic Sites
    • IMAX Theater discounts
    • Invitations to members-only events
  • Free parking when interning
  • Discount at the Farmer’s Market Café and the Indiana Store
  • Recognition as a valuable part of the Indiana State Museum team
  • Letters of reference upon request
  • Documentation of hours available upon request

 

 

Photography Intern

Fall 2020, Open
Indiana State Museum
Indianapolis, Indiana

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. 

Museum Theatre Intern

Fall 2020, Open
Indiana State Museum
Indianapolis, Indiana

The Museum Theatre Intern is charged with assisting with specific tasks that pertain to the evaluation of theatrical performances, programs and experiences that happen at the Indiana State Museum. The Museum Theatre student will be working on this internship during Fall 2020 when theatre around the world has hit a standstill due to COVID-19. With a pause on in person performances the programming team will use this time to evaluate current theatrical programs, create plans for potential social distancing options in future theatrical engagements and work to create proposals and scripts with staff members for new performance based engagement at the Indiana State Museum. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 


Cultural History Collections Intern

Summer 2020, Closed
Indiana State Museum
Indianapolis, Indiana

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. 

Programs Intern 

Summer 2020, Closed
T.C. Steele State Historic Site
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. This position is located at T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Nashville, Ind. 

Scenic Fabrication Intern

Summer 2020, Closed
Indiana State Museum
Indianapolis, Indiana

The Scenic Fabrication Intern will assist in sculpting, casting and molding activities, painting of casts to look like originals, fabricating objects needed for exhibits and general exhibit assistance. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 


Collections Care Intern

Closed

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

Closed

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. 

Daily Engagement Intern

Closed

The selected intern will usually be assigned specific projects or tasks to complete.  Responsibilities to include: research, program development, pilot testing of new programs, program evaluation, updating existing gallery programming, inventory of daily demonstration kits, facilitation of demonstrations and activities on the floor, and fulfillment of gallery shifts within temporary or core galleries. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

Development Intern

Closed

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. 

Exhibit Maintenance Intern

Closed

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

Closed

Intern will assist the Manager of Facility Rentals & Events and Corporate Event Planner with the management of vendors, caterers, security, maintenance and housekeeping staff needed for planned events. Intern will learn how to manage museum Master Calendar, logging external and internal events taking place. He/She will network with clients, meeting and convention planners, event planners, and clientele for private social events. The intern will then evaluate and carry out follow ups to events. Intern will attend networking events, trade shows and bridals shows when applicable. Intern will attend internal meetings with Manager of Facility Rentals & Events and Corporate Event Planner and external meetings with clients. Intern will be responsible for researching and generating lists for potential leads determined by Manager of Facility Rentals & Events. Intern will have a final exam in which he/she will be the lead on a special event. Intern will assist in collecting information and local vendors from our 11 historic sites. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

Garden, Landscaping, and Maintenance Intern

Closed

The Garden, Landscaping, and Maintenance Assistant Intern is charged with assisting with specific tasks that pertain to the interpretation and care of the Historic Site’s period garden and site landscaping. Responsibilities will vary depending on the project or task, but could include weeding, planting, pruning, drying of herbs and research. Seasonal needs will vary. The intern will also assist the maintenance supervisor in maintaining the buildings in a way that maintains their historical integrity. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work outdoors for extended time periods. A passion for history is a plus, as is a knowledge of plants and/or repair work. Suggested majors are: History, Agriculture, Landscape Design and Museum Studies, although other degrees will be considered. This position is located at Corydon Capitol State Historic Site in Corydon, Ind.

Grant Writing Assistant

Closed

This intern position will assist the Site Manager, 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

Closed

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 Intern

Closed

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

Closed

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

Closed

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. 

Marketing Intern

Closed

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. 

Programs and Education Intern

Closed

This position will assith with any of the following: 

  • Assist with research, program development, prototyping and facilitation of out-of-school programs (afterschool, camps, public programs)
  • Develop and manage community partnerships to collaborate on programs, daily engagement and events
  • Research, schedule and manage artists/makers/engineers in residence for Cardboard Engineering
  • Design and implement evaluation tools and processes for programs including analyzing the data
  • Research museum practices and education programs at other institutions and share findings at staff meetings for brainstorming sessions
  • Attend project team and staff meetings
  • Assist with large events and other programs as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

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

Retail Management Intern

Closed

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. 

Registration Intern

Closed

The Registration Intern is charged with assisting with specific tasks that pertain to cataloging projects regarding the collection and loans to the museum. This internship will take place in the Registration office and Collections Storage Rooms in the Administration Building of the museum. The selected intern will usually be assigned specific projects or tasks to complete. Responsibilities to include: Updating physical and digital catalog records; Researching materials held by the museum; Maintaining the Curator Reference Files and Institutional Archives. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

Safety and Security Intern

Closed

The Safety and Security Intern will be assigned specific projects or tasks to complete. Responsibilities may include:

  • Review of emergency response procedures and resources.
  • Incident action plan preparation and documentation.
  • Table top exercises or drills (as available).
  • Perform event related risk, threat, and/or vulnerability assessments.
  • Incident tracking software and databases.
  • Incident reporting and documentation
  • Integrated operating center operations.
  • Severe weather monitoring and communication.
  • Training documentation and record keeping.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

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

Tour Guide Intern

Closed

The Tour Guide Intern will learn the site’s interpretive plan and tour structure in order to give tours unassisted. They also will assist with programs. The ideal intern will have a passion for history, the ability to learn and recall detailed information, excellent interpersonal skills, and be comfortable speaking in front of a group. Previous public speaking experience and working with children is a plus. Suggested majors are: History, Education, and Museum Studies, although other degrees will be considered. This position is located at Corydon Capitol State Historic Site in Corydon, Ind