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

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


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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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.