MSU Museum Internships

The MSU Museum Education Department offers internship opportunities throughout the academic year and during the summer. These opportunities include a Museum Education/Informal Learning, an Education Collections, and a Research internship. Internships are normally unpaid, unless otherwise noted. All internships may be done for credit – the student is responsible to complete all paperwork and requirements for credit through their respective departments.

The Museum Education/Informal Learning internship’s primary focus will be project-based, with the intern either developing their own project or joining a current education project as a key team member. The secondary focus of the internship will be more general museum education and informal learning, giving the intern broader experiences in a variety of programs and range of audiences. Interns will work with members of the public, greet groups, observe and assist with a variety of visits and public programs, as well as take part in program and material preparation. As a final project, interns are expected to complete an online portfolio or some other record of their internship and accomplishments.

The Education Collections intern will work with the MSU Museum’s education collection of cultural and historical artifacts, and scientific specimens. This individual will be responsible for updating collections records, transferring the current collections database to a new format, and implementing a new check-in/check-out system for artifacts and specimens. Ideal candidates would be interested in museum education, museum studies, art history, the biological sciences, or library sciences. Experience with databases, data entry, web-design, and artifact/specimen handling are appreciated, but not required. The position is especially for summer 2019, and will last the duration of the summer, with potential extension into the fall semester.

Research interns will work directly with the Museum Education Manager, Denice Blair, as a research assistant, on a specific project or topic. Responsibilities will depend on the specific research project, but could include: conducting literature reviews, collecting and analyzing data, preparing materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations, maintaining accurate records for the project, managing and responding to project related email, attending project meetings, attending area seminars and other meetings as necessary, or summarizing project results. Research interns are also expected to complete an online portfolio or some other record of their internship and accomplishments.

Students interested in internships with the MSU Museum Education Department can contact Elesha Newberry at newber39@msu.edu for more information.