Minnetrista is a museum and cultural center that opened to the public in 1988. Minnetrista offers exhibits and programs that focus on nature, history, gardens, and art. The 40-acre campus includes beautiful gardens and grounds, a modern museum facility, an historic home, Nature Area, numerous sculptures, and much more.
Being an intern at Minnetrista can be the first step in the development of your career. Internships offer you the chance to integrate classroom theory with career-related work experience. Interns have made strong contributions to the success and growth of Minnetrista. We are proud to offer diverse learning opportunities to the students of East Central Indiana and beyond. We look forward to working with you!  Contact us for more information.

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Intern Testimonial:

As a research intern I had the opportunity to study the G. A. Ball family. Through the internship I was able to get an in-depth look at the interpretive process and then apply what I had learned into interpretive materials for the Oakhurst House visitor experience.

I have learned a great deal at Minnetrista. Learning how to apply history and historic preservation values to a project has been a very enlightening and rewarding process. My ideas and perspectives have been challenged and expanded. I have grown both personally and professionally during my internship at Minnetrista.

The Minnetrista staff is excellent. They supported my research, provided suggestions regarding research application, helped me pursue different leads, and made the process of working with the archival material very enjoyable. This has been an excellent opportunity for practical experience, real-world application, and a chance to work in a supportive and dynamic environment that will translate into valuable experience for future employment.

—Margaux Dever




My experience as the Social Media and Digital Marketing intern allowed me to apply my classroom knowledge to a real professional setting. I was able to simultaneously develop my skills as a strategic and visual communicator and learn new skills that I would not have learned otherwise.

My major project for the semester was a strategic plan to restructure our Pinterest account. After two months of research, one month of planning and one month of implementation, we have already seen major growth in our community reach and engagement.

I also enjoyed starting the #MyMinnetrista campaign that is now featured on all of our social media platforms. #MyMinnetrista highlights the stories of visitors, members and staff and their unique experiences at Minnetrista. Overall, my time at here was rewarding, insightful and enjoyable. I am excited to apply what I learned at Minnetrista to my future professional endeavors. —Courtney Thomas





Internship Opportunities at Minnetrista 

Collections Intern: General 
Positions available: Varies
Duration: One semester
Stipend may be provided

You will have the opportunity to learn and participate in various aspects of objects and archival collections management by assisting staff with daily duties in the collections department. Duties may include cataloging, researching and photography. The collections staff will work you to develop a project that will benefit both you and Minnetrista, with the opportunity to focus on the specific project from start to finish.

Ideally, you should possess an interest in museum object and archival collections and history. To be successful, you should be detail oriented, have a legible handwriting and the ability to work independently. You should also be able to lift 30 to 40 pounds and climb a ladder.