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Summer Intern
Custer Battlefield Museum
Garryowen, Montana, USA


The Custer Battlefield Museum is located in Garryowen, Montana, "Where the Battle of the Little Big Horn Began." The Museum is recognized as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, supported exclusively through private funding. We are located on the historic site where Sitting Bull’s camp was attacked by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s troops in 1876. This year will be the 139th commemoration of the Battle.

The Museum's mission is to educate the general public on the Western Migration Movement, American expansion, and the Battle of the Little Big Horn. This institution also collects, preserves, and exhibits original artifacts, Native American beadwork, photographs, paintings, and rare books and manuscripts related to Custer and the Battle and other frontier subjects. Extensive exhibits of Native American and 7th Cavalry artifacts include many items excavated from the Battlefield, as well as ephemera belonging to Sitting Bull, G.A. Custer, Tom Custer, Crazy Horse, Lewis & Clark, and other important figures of the time.

The Museum’s collection of more than one hundred D.F. Barry photographs has toured internationally and is now on permanent display. The Tomb of the Unknown United States Soldier, dedicated during the 50th anniversary of Custer’s massacre, is a highlight on the Museum grounds and is maintained by this institution. During the 125th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, a Peace Memorial monument was erected with life-sized busts of Sioux Chief Sitting Bull and 7th Cavalry General George Custer.


Internship position with the Custer Battlefield Museum in beautiful Garryowen, Montana, May through September (exact dates are flexible). Responsibilities include assisting as Museum Staff in a variety of projects and research related to the Museum’s collection and displays, such as brainstorming ideas to market the Museum, and collaborating with other interns to work on promotional and fundraising ideas for the planned Elizabeth Custer Library and Museum.

Additional duties include admissions, handling cash, helping with gift shop inventory and sales (gift shop sales support the Museum’s activities), answering questions and online inquiries, and educating tourists in various aspects of the famous Battle. The Museum averages 100+ visitors daily. Interns will also be asked to maintain historical social media sites.

Custer Battlefield Museum is a state-approved tourist information center. In addition to answering questions about the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, and the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area, interns should be prepared to answer general questions about Eastern Montana tourist sites, Yellowstone National Park, and Mount Rushmore.

The internship is an unpaid position, 35-40 hours per week (interns will have the opportunity to work additional paid hours, if desired). We provide the educational training and materials, housing, food, adventure, and fun! The cost to the Museum for room and board totals $6500.00 per intern. If selected, the Museum will award a $6000.00 grant to cover the majority of these costs. The successful applicant will be responsible to furnish the additional $500.00 towards an unforgettable historical experience. Interns who wish to use this opportunity to receive college credits may make arrangements with the Museum Director and his/her college advisor.

Your summer home in Montana will include a clean and comfortable room adjacent to the Museum, which is located within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation next to the Little Big Horn River. This is a tremendous on-site educational opportunity in the Big Sky Country of Montana!

  • Must be age 21 or older
  • High School graduate, some college
  • Enjoy interacting and visiting with the public
  • Personable, outgoing, enthusiastic, positive attitude
  • Reliable, responsible, flexible
  • Strong attention to detail and good organizational skills
  • A working knowledge of American history and a desire to learn more
  • A go-getter in terms of coming up with projects and seeing them through to completion
  • Able to think outside of the box, to come up with creative Museum marketing and promotional ideas
  • Capable of learning new material rapidly; willing to spend the time and expend the effort necessary to study material
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to accept supervision
  • Intermediate computer/Internet/Microsoft Office skills
  • Knowledge and/or experience with eBay or with e-commerce websites is helpful
INTERNSHIP PERIOD: Spring / Late Summer through October (all dates are flexible)


APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit your resume and a cover letter, which must include the following: interest/education in American/Western history, exact availability dates, and three academic/professional references. We are also interested in learning how you heard of this internship position.


P.O. Box 200
Garryowen, Montana 59031

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This job posted by MERC from February 27 through April 1.

Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
Mason City, Iowa, USA

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, of Mason City, Iowa, will celebrate its 50th year in 2016.  In correlation with this year-long celebration, a special exhibit documenting the arts in North Iowa as well as the early beginnings of the Museum will be created.  We are seeking an intern to create these exhibits and related materials as part of this celebration, in close coordination with the Museum Curator/Registrar.  The services will be performed as an independent contractor over a 3 ½ month period during the summer of 2015.  Compensation of $1500.00.  Please visit our website at and click on the Opportunities link for further information.  Resumes can be sent to:  Edith Blanchard, Att: Summer Internship, MacNider Museum, 303 2nd Street SE, Mason City, IA 50401. 

Deadline to apply is March 20, 2015.

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This job posted by MERC from February 18 through March 20.

Romare Bearden Minority Museum Fellowship
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

The Saint Louis Art Museum is pleased to announce a 12-month museum fellowship that provides beginning professionals an opportunity to work throughout the Museum. The Romare Bearden Minority Fellowship, nearing its 25th anniversary, is designed to build a pool of outstanding minority professionals for work in the visual arts. The Bearden Fellow is fully integrated into the Museum with the opportunity to work with various departments, including learning and engagement, publications, curatorial, registrar and development. Specific assignments will be tailored to the Fellow’s skill and the Museum’s needs, but duties will include curatorial research, program development, teaching, and the writing of interpretive materials.

To be eligible for the fellowship, the applicant must have completed at least one year of graduate school by June 2015 in art history, art education, museum studies, area studies or related fields. Applicant must have good written and verbal communication skills, be able to work independently and manage multiple assignments.

The Romare Bearden Fellow will receive a salary of $32,500, full time benefits package and an educational travel allowance. Prospective Fellows must complete the on-line application, upload a cover letter explaining your interest in the fellowship, a resume, a writing sample in a humanities area, three letters of recommendation (academic and professional), and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable). Only complete applications will be reviewed. To be considered, please apply online at Application deadline is March 20, 2015 and employment date is July 20, 2015.


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This job posted by MERC from January 19 through March 20.

Summer Arts Management Internship in the Berkshires
MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center
North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP) is a structured summer internship course that integrates theory into practice in real-world contexts. For more information & to download an application for our unique program, visit

An intensive twelve-week program, B-HIP combines an internship component with a seminar in arts management, talk backs with the area's leading arts professionals, and full participation in cultural events throughout Berkshire County.

Interns work in a multitude of administrative capacities including: development, marketing, public relations and programming – as they gain hands-on experience in the field of arts management. Each internship is tailored to suit participants’ interests and talents. Former interns have worked at highly regarded institutions including The Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, Berkshire Living Magazine, and Shakespeare and Company to name a few.

B-HIP is a 9-credit graduate level course that is open to upper level undergraduate students (juniors and seniors), recent graduates, and working professionals. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5. Nonprofit, business, and/or arts management coursework or experience in the field will enhance the candidate’s application. Applicants must be passionate about the arts management field, prepared for an intensive twelve weeks, and able to work as an active member of a learning cohort. Interns are required to be available and fully committed to the full program. The summer 2015 B-HIP session will run from May 25th - August 14th, 2015. A modest program fee provides for: custom placement at a leading cultural institution in the berkshires suited to the interns interests and area of expertise, a weekly class providing context for the practical experience gained onsite, housing, & tickets to all events. In addition, scholarships and tuition reductions are available on a limited basis for current MCLA students and non-students applicants. All Interns receive a $100 weekly stipend to offset some living expenses.

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This job posted by MERC from December 29 through March 30.

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