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.
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.
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
Provide support to the sales, promotion, and booking of Minnetrista facilities by assisting in the orchestration of Minnetrista signature and leased events.
- Assist with the coordination of social, corporate, and community events
- Shadow client tours
- Assist Sales & Events coordinator with facility leasing
- Work with multiple departments to achieve overall satisfactory rental experience for clients
- Schedule client appointments and answer daily inquiries
Develop resource database knowledge to aid in event recording and summary
- Follow and complete the goals provided by supervisor
Internship candidate must be self-motivated, independent, reliable, organized, professional, and team oriented, while excelling in customer service. Attention to detail, follow-through, and ability to plan are requirements of the position. Candidate must be able to handle the demands and requests of clients in a professional manner while communicating efficiently with customers before, during and after events. This position requires interpersonal skills in order to work efficiently with other departments, and strong computer and administrative skills are beneficial. Candidate must be willing to work in both teams and individually, and is required to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of clients and vendors: Please note this will include weekends and evenings. A valid driver’s license is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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.