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Do you or someone you know love museums, history, art, or all of the above? Are you looking for career experience that provides project-based, mentor-led museum environment? If so, you are encouraged to apply for our college summer intern programs. We invite college students of all majors (not just history) to be a part of our summer internship class. Internships are available in museum education, public programming, exhibit development, collections management, and communications. To apply, fill out the online application. Kickstart your career with an internship at the Tennessee State Museum.
This program is managed through the Education & Community Engagement Department. It is structured so that all interns will experience a dynamic, educational, and meaningful professional development experience. All internships will be project-based. Projects should stretch the intern but must be attainable during the internship cycle.
Summer 2020 (June-August)
2-Step Application Process
After Submitting Application
Please note: Applications will not be reviewed or considered eligible for the current application period until steps 1 and 2 are complete. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Informational interviews are a valuable way to gather information about a prospective career and a great tool to help accomplish learning goals as an intern. Interns set up at least one (but not limited to) informational interview with staff at the museum.
Advanced undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates (within the last twelve months) can apply. Internships average 10-20 hours per week, or approximately 150 hours per semester. This includes three mandatory Internship Seminars. Interns usually work on weekdays during the business hours of 8 am - 5 pm. *Some internships may work weekends.
Interns will work from two primary locations, including the Tennessee State Museum at Rosa L. Parks Blvd. or the Tennessee State Museum’s Collection Facility at the James K. Polk Building in downtown Nashville.
Interns who would like academic credit must make arrangements with their school and notify their intern supervisor of any evaluation procedures required by their schools. If no specific format is provided, intern supervisors will use TSM’s evaluation form.
Students not requesting credit for their internships are required to develop a Learning Plan. Learning Plans are an outline and evaluation tool for interns, their supervisor, and the Internship Program of what you intend to learn and accomplish during your internship.