Editorial Intern

Saint Paul, MN 55102
United States

Art / Photography / Journalism
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Manages Others
Security Clearance Required
Yes Background Check required
Employment Type
Intern - not paid
Work Schedule
No Travel

Current undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates can apply up to one year after graduation.

The MNHS Editorial Intern will assist the journal editor in the areas of editorial research, fact checking, production editing, and photo research, with a focus on the special double-issue of the magazine on women’s suffrage, scheduled for publication October 2020 in conjunction with the upcoming MNHS exhibit “She Voted: Her Fight, Our Right,” opening at the end of September 2020. We offer an exciting opportunity to work with veteran staff willing to share their knowledge of the publishing industry (magazine, online encyclopedia, and books), and also provide unique and independent projects. The intern will be working in an office environment with a mix of computer and non-computer related work.

Ideal degrees: History, American Studies, journalism or communications majors preferred; other liberal arts programs considered.

Student Qualifications:

  • Interest in publishing

  • Demonstrated strong writing, research, and communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Aptitude and interest in social media/marketing

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently

  • Experience with Microsoft Office and the Google software suite required

Student Responsibilities:


  • Meet with the Editorial staff to learn about department functions

  • Fact-check journal articles

  • Conduct photo and art research, including permissions and ordering

  • Conduct library and Internet research

  • Write photo captions and other magazine copy

  • Proofreading, following MNHS style and Chicago Manual of Style


  • Create social media posts using Sprout software that promote the upcoming suffrage issue, most recently published issue (Summer 2020) and highlight back issue articles that relate to current events, historic anniversaries, and MNHS mission


  • Attend acquisitions and department staff meetings when schedule permits

  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks associate with magazine production and distribution

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Experience in aspects of working with editorial and social media functions of Minnesota History and MNHS Press

Additional Materials Required: Writing and/or editing sample of 5-10 pages

How to apply: Send a cover letter, resume, PDF copy of school transcripts, and any required additional materials to internships@mnhs.org. Applications are open March 1-31, 2020.