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:

What I’ve appreciated about my internship in Collections is the fact that I get to work on different projects. I get to experience and learn a lot of different skills, like how to handle, clean, and package objects so that they’re preserved. I’m allowed the freedom to start a project from beginning to end and learn the entire process.

I like getting a new archival collection, because it’s just a box and I don’t know what’s in it. It’s my job to take this box of chaotic documents that have no organization and organize them into a story that makes sense.

It’s great experience and great on-the-job training, makes me valuable to future employers in the museum world and archives world.

—Erin Bretz







I wrote a lot of press releases and worked on radio spots that got sent out. My big project was Spadea Wrap, the cover for the newspaper, which involved going to different events at Minnetrista and interviewing visitors about their experiences.

One of the projects we finished is the provenance cards for The Orchard Shop. I really liked that because I got to call and talk to the local vendors that sell their products in The Orchard Shop and learn more about why they make their products. I think it’s important for people who visit The Orchard Shop to learn more about the vendors.

This internship has given me hands-on experience and taken everything I’ve talked about in the classroom, as a student and as an instructor, at Ball State and put it into practice. I know as an instructor, I tell my students all the time that you have to be audience-centered and always think about your audience, especially if you’re trying to persuade them. With this internship, I did that first-hand, like writing press releases, and adapting my language to the audience that will receive it. I think it will benefit me in the future and it will give me skills that will make me more employable in the future. —Alexandra Panas 



Internship Opportunities at Minnetrista 

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.


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.  


School Programming Internship
Positions available: One
Durations: One Semester
Stipend Provided

Provide support to the Education Department with development, facilitation and assessment of school programs.

Duties include:

  • assist with the development, facilitation and assessment of school programs
  • collaborate with staff from various programming teams
  • develop and design activities
  • develop and obtain supplies and materials needed
  • research background information
  • assist with coordination of the event when applicable and collect feedback data as needed other duties may be assigned


The ideal candidate will have basic experience with project management.  Have knowledge or experience with education, non-profits and/or team leadership.  Familiarity with Indiana state educational standards is helpful.  The intern must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as collaboratively and be able to communicate well verbally and in writing.  Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Outlook 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.