MNopedia Author Biographies Project Intern

Saint Paul, MN 55102
United States

Art / Photography / Journalism
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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 MNopedia intern will assist with the growth of a publicly available digital encyclopedia about Minnesota by assisting with the repurposing of the Minnesota Author Biographies project. The project entails conducting further research on various Minnesota authors to flesh out and/or rewrite articles previously published on an MNHS website that is no longer supported. MNopedia, created by the Minnesota Historical Society, shares current, reliable, and relevant information about significant people, places, events, and things in Minnesota history. For details, view the project at This is an office position that will involve extended periods of time on a computer or in the library doing research. It will involve occasional lifting of heavy books.

Ideal degrees: American literature, American studies, history, museum studies, journalism

Student Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in a graduate program or in an undergraduate program at the junior or senior level. Preference will be given to graduate-level students.

  • Trained in historical research techniques and best practices, and be comfortable working with primary sources.

  • Demonstrated writing and editorial abilities, top-notch organizational skills, an eye for detail and accuracy, and an ability to meet deadlines.

  • Knowledge of American literature and Minnesota history and an ability to work independently.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Assist with repurposing existing MNHS web content for inclusion in MNopedia and/or create new content for MNopedia

  • Provide research assistance on previously identified topics

  • Review already-published MNopedia content

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Inside knowledge of an innovative digital resource

  • Familiarity with MNHS historical resources and how to use them

  • Experience creating content for the Web

Additional Materials Required: Writing sample of no more than 5 pages, including citations, that demonstrates original writing and research skills. Excerpts from longer pieces and examples of exhibit copy or other museum writing are allowed.

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