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 Krystle Mangan, program and schedule manager, at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@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

 

Adult Engagement and Program Intern

The Adult Engagement and Program Intern is charged with assisting with specific tasks that pertain to the planning, preparation and facilitation of adult programs. This intern’s primary project will be planning for the fall/winter 2019 signature event activities, and the preparation and facilitation of the summer 2019 signature event. This intern will gain experience planning and creating activities that focus on an adult audiences. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

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. 

Daily Engagement Intern

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

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

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

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

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.

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 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. 

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. 

Membership and Development Intern 

The Membership and Development intern will assist in engaging members, managing membership activities, and organizing development efforts. This position requires strong organizational skills for database management, the ability to complete research for membership comparative analysis and proposal opportunities, and excellent writing and interpersonal skills. 
The Membership and Development intern will work to bring in new members at events, educate about the museum and membership levels, and stay connected to our patrons. This intern will assist in variety of duties such as prospective member research and identification, membership fulfillment, member renewals, reporting, and donor relations. This position is located at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. 

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. 

Programs and Education Intern

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

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

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.

Safety and Security Intern

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. 

Scenic Fabrication Intern

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. 

Tour Guide Intern

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