The summer internship at the Missouri History Society in St. Louis offers an opportunity to gain experience in archive and museum work at an eminent center for research and education. The Museum houses the third largest collection of Thomas Jefferson papers in the United States, as well as the largest collections of several significant national figures and events, most notably, Charles Lindbergh, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the 1904 World’s Fair. The entire collection is immense. The Museum houses: 175,000 artifacts in a variety of formats; a 90,000-volume library collection; 2,850 separate manuscript collections totaling more than 7,900 linear feet; more than 1 million photograph and print images; and—with about 7 million feet of film, tens of thousands of videos and tens of thousands more audio recordings—the largest regional media archive in the country. It also houses one of the nation’s most extensive textile collections.
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:
- public relations
- educational programming
- museum development
- visitors services
The 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.
Photos courtesy of the Missouri History Society.