Museum Studies

Internship Opportunities

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Spring Semester

Institution: Impression 5 Science Center
Location: Lansing, MI
Internship Position: Super Saturday Specialist
Semester Requested: Spring
Description of responsibilities: Student will work with Interpretive Programs Officer to coordinate weekly public program. Student will be responsible for organizing activities, training volunteers, and delivering educational programs to science center visitors.
Skills and knowledge required or preferred for internship: Museum operations knowledge, computer skills, and communication abilities.
Contact: Micaela Balzer, (517) 485-8116 ext. 44
200 Museum Drive, Lansing, MI 48933

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Summer Semester

Institution: Binder Park Zoo
Location: Battle Creek, MI
Internship Position: Education Intern
Semester Requested: Summer (could extend to Fall and Spring)
Description of responsibilities: Education Interns at Binder Park Zoo participate in a variety of activities. These activities include overnight events, day camps, family camps, zoomobile outreach, school programs, and special events.
Skills and knowledge required or preferred for internship: Must have at least one year college experience, a desire to work with all ages, animal handling experience helpful.
Contact: Kathy Fischer (269) 979-1351 ext. 132
Battle Creek, MI

Institution: MSU Herbarium
Location: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Internship Position: Herbarium Intern
Semester Requested: Summer
Description of responsibilities: Interns in the MSU Herbarium will focus on herbarium/community integration and on research frontiers in natural history collections. The Herbarium is a collection of over a half-million preserved, scientific specimens of plants. Interns exploring methods of integration with the non-science communities on campus and in the surrounding area can work on volunteer programs, community outreach and education, and public service. Those exploring the frontiers of research will study the role of collections in science and how that role can be expanded and improved.
Skills and knowledge required or preferred for internship: A strong interest in Natural History Collections and plants.
Contact: Alan Prather (517) 355-4695
166 Plant Biology Labs, Michigan State University

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Fall Semester

Institution: Ella Sharp Museum
Location: Jackson, MI
Internship Position: Assistant Project Director
Semester Requested: Fall
Description of responsibilities: The Assistant Project Director is an internship position that reports directly to the Project director of the Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art and Andrews Collection of Wildlife Art. The successful candidate will assist with programs and exhibitions in this new gallery.
Skills and knowledge required or preferred for internship: Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office software also required. Attention to detail in all things is a must.
Contact: Dean Adkins (517) 787-2320
3225 Fourth Street, Jackson, MI 49203

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Any Semester

Institution: Muskegon Museum of Art
Location: Muskegon, MI
Internship Position: Museum Intern
Semester Requested: Any
Description of responsibilities: Assist with exhibit preparation and installation, collections management, computer database, digital imaging, collection research, artist research, bulk mailings, educational programs, other duties as needed. Works with Registrar, Preparator, Curator of Education, and other staff.
Skills and knowledge required or preferred for internship: Computer skills, verbal and written communication, basic research. Art knowledge and skill with hand tools a plus, but not necessary.
Contact: Art Martin (231) 720-2575
296 W. Webster Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49440

Institution: Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
Location: Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
Internship Position: Archives Intern (other internship opportunities are available with collections, art, building preservation, landscape preservation, programming, research, and education.)
Semester Requested: Any
Description of responsibilities: The Ford House collection includes approximately 800 large plans, blue prints, and architectural drawings. The archives intern will inventory, arrange and store collection, as well as purge areas of the collection. The collection includes original copies of landscape plans by Jens Jensen and architectural plans by Albert Kahn. Most have been used by the Ford House staff since 1929. Additional responsibilities include updating an illustrated collection guide used by interpretive staff to look up details on the thousands of objects on exhibits.
Skills and knowledge required or preferred for internship: Computer and database skills; good organizational skills; detail-oriented.
Contact: David Janssen, (313) 884-4222
Lakeshore, Grosse Point Shores, MI 48236

Institution: Courthouse Square Association
Location: Charlotte, MI
Internship Position: Collections Assistant
Semester Requested: Any
Description of responsibilities: Reorganize and maintain archival storage (80% of time), reorganize and maintain textile storage (80%), assist in cataloging the collection (20% of time). The intern may concentrate on one area 80% of the time while working on cataloging the collection 20% of the time.
Skills and knowledge required or preferred for internship: Artifact care and handling.
Contact: Christa Christensen, (517) 543-6999
P.O. Box 411, 100 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813

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Other Internships

Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center, Hall of Justice, Lansing
The Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center at the Hall of Justice seeks one or two summer interns in educational programming for the center. The Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center is a public education center that introduces children and adults to the Michigan court system. The Learning Center is designed for students from the fourth grade to adults and the gallery is filled with activities including an introductory video, computer programs, push-button programs and traditional wall text panels. For more information about the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center, please visit http://courts.michigan.gov/plc/. To inquire about the internship, please contact Rachael Drenovsky, Coordinator of the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center at (517) 373-5027.

Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
With a collection numbering over 6,500 objects and serving more than 20,000 students annually in the Museum Art School, the Flint Institute of Arts is a rich institution that provides annual services and programs consisting of exhibitions, interpretive programs, film screenings, concerts, lectures, family events and docent tours, serving a total of more than 87,000 adults and children. The Flint Institute of Arts is currently seeking interns or volunteers who want to gain experience in the art museum field. Please contact Michael Martin, Flint Institute of Arts Curator, at (810) 234-1695 for further information. http://www.flintarts.org

Mackinac State Historic Parks
Apply early! Mackinac State Historic Parks are beginning to accept applications in mid-December for seasonal internships for the summer season – May through early October. Start and end dates will depend on the position and the applicant’s availability. Numerous internships are available and range from areas in Administration, Development, Marketing, Museum Programs, and Park Operations. Mackinac State Historic Parks is located in one of the most scenic areas in Michigan and is a leader in all areas of museum operations. With an average annual visitation of 390,000 to the historic sites and grounds and another 800,000 to Mackinac Island, MSHP is one of the most visited history museum systems in the nation. For further information visit http://www.mackinacparks.com/employment/.

Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies maintains the Smithsonian Internship website: http://intern.si.edu/. This comprehensive resource provides information for over 800 internship opportunities offered by the Smithsonian Institution yearly, and links to the new internship application system at: http://intern.si.edu/how_apply.html.

Internship program in South Africa

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Internship Information Sheet, Contract Form, and Evaluation Form

MSUMSP Internship Information Sheet (doc) (pdf)
MSUMSP Internship Contract Form (doc) (pdf)
MSUMSP Internship Evaluation Form (doc) (pdf)

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