Internships

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.

Monik Vitorino Barbosa, intern

Monik Vitorino Barbosa, Ball State University, 2011 Marketing Intern

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Intern Testimonial:

I first heard of Minnetrista three years ago through my American host family. I went to the Enchanted Luminaria Walk at Minnetrista with them for the first time in 2008 and fell in love with Minnetrista. I especially love the beautiful and peaceful campus with its amazing architecture by the river. Minnetrista was the first place I considered when I started looking for an internship in Muncie.

My experience working for the Marketing department has been really enriching. I have been able to have a hands-on experience and utilize the skills I have learned in the classroom at Ball State Univeristy. I also feel fortunate to work with a team of great people who are always supportive and willing to help each other. I know this experience at Minnetrista will have a very positive influence on my career. Working here involves much more than learning how the real world works.

Minnetrista is also an educational and enjoyable place to work. I am surrounded by history, inspiring displays, and beautiful landscape. Thanks Minnetrista folks for this incredible experience! – Monik Vitorino Barbosa, Brazil

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 detailoriented, 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.

 

Oral History Interviewer
Positions available: One
Duration: One semester
Stipend may be provided

You will conduct and record oral history interviews. Recordings will utilize digital video when appropriate. A particular area of emphasis is military veterans, especially veterans of World War II. You will work with collections staff to develop questions for the interview, set the appointment with the interviewee and conduct the interview. Collections staff will provide training on how to conduct and record oral histories. The ideal candidate will be interested in local, regional and/or military history. A major in history, journalism or anthropology is a plus. You must be professional in appearance, possess organizational skills, and be self-motivated. Excellent verbal communication skills are a must. You must also be discreet and able to work without constant supervision. Experience conducting oral histories is a plus.

 

Catering Culinary Intern
Positions available: One
Duration: One semester
Stipend may be provided

You will work with the Certified Executive Chef to prepare and serve catered events. The internship will include food preparation experience, inventory and ordering opportunities, and work directly with leasing clients to create menus to ensure event success. This internship works closely with the sales and events department and will include some event planning experience as well. You must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as collaboratively. Basic culinary experience is a must. Knowledge of or experience with nonprofits and/or banquets is helpful. You should possess good verbal and written communication skills. Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Outlook is helpful.

 

Events Intern
Positions available: One
Duration: One semester
Stipend may be provided

You will work with the Sales & Events Manager to administer the event budget, provide leadership for the event team and coordinate information flow between institutional departments and teams, including producing event documentation. You will work with the reporting supervisor to coordinate the actual event and work with other staff to coordinate the event set up and to troubleshoot questions and issues. You’ll develop and implement an assessment plan of the event, working directly with clients to ensure event success.

You must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as collaboratively. Basic experience with event planning is a must. Knowledge of or experience with hospitality, education, non-profits and/or team leadership helpful. You should possess good verbal and written communication skills. Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Outlook is helpful.

 

Research Internship
Positions available: One
Durations: One Semester
Stipend Provided

The new Oakhurst house visitor experience will include three characters based on (1) George A. Ball; (2) Mrs. Woodworth, mother-in-law of George Ball; and (3) a fictional composite character representing a cook/housemaid. The intern in this position will do historical research that will inform the development of these characters and other interpretive elements of the experience. The research will be conducted using resources both in the Minnetrista Heritage Collection and in other repositories.

 Main duty:

  • Do historical research that will be used to develop interpretation for the Oakhurst House visitor experience including three possible first-person characters.

Other duties may include:

  •  Locate purchase sources for reproductions of books collected by George and Elisabeth Ball.
  • Scan a selection of primary source material in the Minnetrista Heritage Collection.

Qualifications: To perform this internship successfully an individual must have excellent research and writing skills.  Pursuing a degree in arts and humanities is a plus. Must possess excellent organizational and orderly thinking skills. An important requirement of the position is the ability to work without constant supervision. A valid driver’s license is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Natural Areas Management Intern

Positions available: One or Two
Duration: 2 month minimum
Stipend may be provided
You will work directly with the Minnetrista’s gardeners to gain hands-on experience maintaining Minnetrista’s natural areas.  This will include but not be limited to chemical applications, manual removal of invasive plants, native plant installation and various other natural areas related maintenance tasks.  In addition, you will also be assigned an independent project that will be completed during your internship.  The project will be determined based on your interests and our needs.  You will take part in Plant of the Week, a weekly walk where all participants share information about a plant that was researched.

 

Horticulture Intern

Positions available: One or Two
Duration: 2 month minimum
Stipend may be provided

Work closely with the Horticulture Manager and the Minnetrista gardeners gaining hands-on experience working in our diverse public garden. Assist with the propagation, planting, and care of plant material that occurs on Minnetrista’s campus. Participate in Plant of the Week, a weekly walk where all participants share information about a plant that they researched.  Learn the job responsibilities of the Full-time Gardeners and the Horticulture Manager.

 

Exhibit Design Intern

Positions available: One
Duration: 2 month minimum
Stipend may be provided
You will gain experience in the installation of exhibits, including some aspects of planning, design of exhibitions, including graphics, labels, and some structural design. You will gain experience in the coordination of traveling exhibits, and provide maintenance of all exhibit spaces as required. Some research may be required in regard to exhibit materials and new products.

Ideally, you should be organized, creative, and have a background in museum studies, graphic design, architecture, art, or carpentry/woodworking. Must be willing to learn new skills and work in a team environment. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite Photoshop, Microsoft Word, and Internet Explorer is beneficial. Some experience with publishing or design software is preferred. Must be able to lift 20 pounds.
 

Costume Design Intern
Positions available: One
Duration: May-August
Stipend provided

Minnetrista’s theatre program seeks a costume design intern.  The intern will research, design, and build costumes for both on- and off-site theatrical performances.  This may range from researching and constructing period clothing or puppets, to creating animal costumes.  The intern will work closely with the Theatre and Outreach Manager throughout the design process to create pieces for specific purposes as well as purchasing required supplies to complete each project.  The intern will also assist the theatre staff with measurements, fittings, and basic costume maintenance.  The ideal candidate will possess a strong knowledge and background of costume design and fabrication.  Basic research skills will be utilized during this internship.  The intern must be self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.  A portfolio as well as samples of past projects is greatly appreciated.  The internship will last from May to August with flexible dates and times.

 

Stage Management Intern
Positions available: One
Duration: May-August
Stipend will be provided

Minnetrista Theatre Preserves seeks a proficient, organized, and detailed stage management intern.  Intern will be the stage manager for the summer productions and will assist the theatre manager in all aspects of the production process.  The productions will include the Faeries, Sprites, and Lights event featuring a few short performances during the event and 8 improvisational characters that operate during the outdoor event.  It will also include the touring summer theatre performances of Furry Tails with a Twist, Tales from the Mouth of a Ball Jar, and My Plate the Musical.  The ideal candidate will have a basic-advanced understanding of stage management, a hard work ethic that is self-motivated, and an ability to be detail orientated.  The intern might also be called upon for various tech related aspects of the production such as constructing various props.  The internship will last from May to August with semi-flexible dates and times.