Category Archives: Open Internships

Mapping Decline Traveling Exhibit – Summer Internship

The Missouri History Museum is accepting applications from graduate students and recent graduates who are interested in a paid internship with our Exhibitions and Research division. This position will report to the director of exhibitions and research.

The intern will assist in creating a traveling exhibit based on the work of Colin Gordon. Gordon’s book, “Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City,” is an important examination of racial segregation in St. Louis. We are partnering with Gordon and the Missouri Humanities Council to create a traveling exhibit that will appear throughout the state over the next few years.
The intern’s responsibilities will include:

  • Developing a thematic framework for the exhibit.
  • Researching, writing, editing, and fact checking labels.
  • Working with outside media developers to create associated media elements.
  • Obtaining photos and other illustrations that can be used in the design of the exhibit.
  • Working with an outside designer to develop the look of the exhibit.

The desired intern will have a flexible schedule with the ability to work a minimum of 20 hours a week in June, July, and August.

Preferred candidates will have a proven record of strong research and writing skills. This can be shown through published essays or articles, but can also be shown through classwork.

To apply, the applicant must provide a cover letter, a resume with at least two references, and two writing samples. Completed applications should be sent by May 27 through e-mail to: Vicki Kaffenberger ( and Tamaki Stratman (

Missouri Humanities Council Internship, Fall 2016

The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) is offering an unpaid internship for fall semester 2016. Working in the Council’s new office in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, the intern will help the Council to achieve its mission to “enrich lives and strengthen communities by connecting Missourians with the people, places, and ideas that shape our society.”

The intern will be introduced to the various aspects of a statewide nonprofit humanities organization while working with MHC staff to implement several public humanities projects:

  • E Pluribus Unum?: Missouri and the Fractured Society: a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and developed in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library.
  • Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfire Initiative: a project about the Hyatt Regency Collapse in 1981 developed in partnership with the Kansas City Star and the UMKC Journalism Department.
  • Additional projects, including a World War I Centennial exhibit and programs, a Speaker’s Bureau, and First Fridays, the Crossroads District’s popular monthly showcase of Kansas City’s arts and culture.

The intern should have excellent communications skills, be social-media savvy, and have a demonstrated interest in the public humanities.

Please email a cover letter and resume to Dr. Mark Livengood, Director of Education/Manager, Kansas City Office, More information about the Missouri Humanities Council is available on its website.

Paid Archives Internship at Baker University

The Kansas United Methodist Archive at Baker University is seeking candidates for a paid 500-hour internship beginning in July 2016. The intern will assist the University Archivist with processing United Methodist archival material and research requests. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in archives or who are pursuing an advanced degree in archives management, library science, or a related field of study.

Applicants should submit a letter describing their experience and/or interest in the archival profession or a related field, a resume, and transcripts of all completed undergraduate and graduate work to
Human Resources Department
Baker University
PO Box 65
Baldwin City, KS 66006

or by email at Attachments should be in MS Word or Adobe PDF formats.

Letters of application should be received by June 3, 2016, and qualified candidates will be interviewed soon after. Award of the internship will be announced as soon as possible depending on receipt of applications and supporting documentation. The anticipated start date is July 5, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact Sara DeCaro at sdecaro@bakeru.eduor (785) 594-8380.

Baker University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum Internships

Truman Library and Museum LogoThe Harry S. Truman Library and Museum located in Independence, Missouri is currently accepting applications for their Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 internship programs.

Their goal is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a meaningful educational experience that will be beneficial to both students and the organization. They currently have opportunities for students in the archive and museum collection. Students are required to commit to a minimum of 100 hours during the term of their internship. Internships are voluntary and uncompensated by the library although many students use the opportunity to earn credit through their institutions. Interns may set a flexible work schedule within normal business hours which are 8:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Overall qualifications for interns include:

  • Current enrollment in a 2 or 4-year degree program
  • Good organizational skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good writing skills are an essential part of the job function
  • Ability to work independently and effectively given a limited time frame
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Basic computer skills

For these respective “semesters,” applications need to be submitted by the following dates:
Fall semester: August 1
Summer months: April 1

Personal interviews are scheduled after we have received the required paperwork. The required paperwork includes: a cover letter and resume; a completed copy of the internship application; a writing sample (this can be a course paper); a copy of your college transcript; and two personal references, one of which should be from a professor.

For further information or to request an application, please contact:

Summer Internships at the Toy and Miniature Museum

National Toy and Miniatures MuseumThe National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is accepting applications for their summer 2016 internship programs.

The museum is looking for three Summer 2016 Education Interns. Educations interns facilitate the museum’s summer children’s program series, which explores various aspects of the collection through tours, workshops, and gallery presentations. Interns will gain meaningful professional experience in museum education and public speaking by delivering public programs and leading pre-structured, hands-on workshops. Applications due March 14, 2016. For more information or to apply, students can visit the museum’s website at or visit

The museum is also seeking a Curatorial/Exhibition Development Intern for Summer 2016. The curatorial intern will gain experience in museum research and exhibition development while working closely with the museum curator. The intern will primarily be responsible for developing a small photographic exhibition featuring a loaned collection of images of 19th century children and their toys. Applications due March 14, 2016. For more information or to apply, students can visit the museum’s website at or visit

Lastly, the museum is seeking a Summer 2016 Collections Management Intern. The Collections Management intern will play an essential role in improving the documentation of the museum’s collection. The intern will process recent acquisitions of 20th century dollhouses, dollhouse accessories, and play sets currently in storage. Applications due March 14, 2016. For more information or to apply, visit the museum’s website at or visit

American Truck Historical Society

The American Truck Historical Society is looking to fill two unpaid intern positions within the Library Department. The interns will assist the Library Director with photography related activities including the following:

  • Editing existing photography and corresponding metadata
  • Assist in maintaining the ATHS digital image archive
  • Photo researching and filing
  • Occasional scanning
  • Other duties as assigned

The preferred candidate will be a graduate student, majoring in history, photography, or another related field. The candidates must be familiar with Photoshop CS3 or CS4 and have the ability to organize and multitask.

Start date for these positions is flexible.

Interested students should contact Courtney Cesar-Dery at for more information.

FFNHA Paid Summer Youth Camp Internship

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) is looking for a Summer Youth Camp Intern. The Summer Youth Camp Intern is responsible for assisting in the organization of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Summer Youth Camp. The Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Youth Camp is for 4th and 5th grade students from local Boys and Girls Clubs. These camps provide an opportunity to explore the themes of: Shaping the Frontier, the Missouri Kansas Border War, and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom through experiencing the cultural, natural, and historical resources in Freedom’s Frontier’s 41 counties in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Freedom’s Frontier offers this camp to Boys & Girls Club students from the region. The intern position will work with historic sites and with Brown v. Board of Education staff to help facilitate curriculum, activities, and projects for the camp. This intern position places a premium on organization, research skills, communication, teamwork, and project management. This intern will work with students.

Job Details:
The summer youth camp intern will work from the Freedom’s Frontier office in Lawrence, Kansas to plan for the summer youth camp. During camps (6 weeks over the summer) the intern will travel with students visiting various historic sites in the Kansas City, Lawrence, and Topeka area. The start date for this position is negotiable, but must begin at the latest June 1st and will continue through the end of July (possibly into August). During camp weeks, the intern must attend camp (Monday – Friday 9:00 – 4:30). Interns should be able to provide transportation.
This is a paid internship. Any mileage incurred by interns will be reimbursed.

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Hobson, Education & Interpretation Manager at

Application open until filled.

Jackson County Historical Society Spring Internship

The Jackson County Historical Society (JCHS) is looking for archival interns for the 2016 Spring Semester. JCHS is located in the Historic Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square. Interns will help process, catalog, and create finding aids for large collections, while working with the archivist. Students will also learn about the non-for-profit sector during their time at JCHS.

Interested students should contact Caitlin Eckard at for more information. Deadline: December 20.

Paid Peace Internship at American Friends Service Committee

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a non-profit Quaker-based peace and justice organization is looking for Peace Interns.

The Intern will work with AFSC staff and volunteers to support Kansas City AFSC peace campaigns and engage youth in school, faith and high school settings in creative youth peacemaking and social change activities (e.g. All of Us or None Poster Project and If I Could Change The World spoken word project). Activities will focus on: increasing activism; promoting understanding of militarism and economic injustice; exposing how corporations and the 1% control U.S. policy; and deepen advocacy and visions of a just and peaceful world.

The Peace Intern will:

  • Receive training in peacemaking, social change and conducting popular education activities;
  • Recruit and involve high school -aged youth in peace trainings, creative social change projects and peace building campaigns;
  • Help develop AFSC program materials that appeal to youth and young adults and utilize Twitter, Facebook and other social media to educate and involve youth in KC AFSC program activities;
  • Support KC AFSC peacemaking campaigns and activities

Qualifications include:

  • Being at least 18 years of age
  • Ability to engage youth from diverse groups and economic status
  • Experience in organizing projects and working collaboratively with others
  • Commitment to peace and social justice
  • Ability to utilize social media for education and organizing campaigns
  • Leadership experience, effective oral and written communication and ability to understand and accept diverse points of view
  • Flexibility required to allow for varied meeting/activity schedules

A stipend of $10/hour will be provided.

Applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP.
If interested, submit a cover letter and resume including:

  1. Why do you want to be an AFSC Peace Intern?
  2. What skills and experiences would you bring to the position?

Send inquiries to:
American Friends Service Committee

4405 Gillham Rd., KCMO 64110
Email:; (include “Peace intern” in subject line)
Office: (816) 931-5256