Internships at the Field House Museum offer the opportunity to gain experience in both an historic house and museum gallery setting. Opened in 1936 as the first historic house museum in the city of St. Louis, the site served as a shrine to Eugene Field, the 19th century journalist, also known as the Children’s Poet. Today, our mission is to preserve and promote the legacies of the Field family, including not only Eugene Field, but also his father Roswell M. Field, attorney for the enslaved Dred Scott in the famous 1857 Supreme Court case Scott v. Sandford. The museum also features a large collection of 19th and 20th century toys inspired by Eugene Field’s personal toy collection. The addition of a 4,000 sq. ft. expansion built in 2016, provides additional space for exhibits and events. Interns will have the opportunity to work with our collection of books, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, paintings, toys, and Field family heirlooms donated by Eugene Field’s wife, Julia, and other decedents.
This is an eight-week, 20-hours-a-week unpaid internship, coinciding with the University’s eight-week summer session. Students can earn three credit hours. All students representing Truman in this internship program will enroll for academic credit through a department on campus willing to offer internship credit and internship supervision. The History faculty will offer such credit. Students interested in working with another department should talk to that department before pursuing this opportunity.
After being selected, the intern can work in a variety of areas at the Museum, including but not limited to:
- Collection processing, organization, and digitization
- Exhibit research, design, and development
- Event planning and support
- Visitor Services
Assignment will be based on each intern’s abilities and interests as well as the Museum’s needs.
Applicants for this internship should possess strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and basic computer skills, as well as an ability to work independently on multiple tasks. The successful applicants will be dependable, motivated, and resourceful.
All students currently enrolled at Truman pursuing any major can apply for an internship at the Field House Museum. Application for Truman Students