College Internship Program

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Session Law Reference: Laws of Minnesota 2013, Regular Session, chapter 137, article 4, section 2, subdivision 5, (b) (2) Programs
Appropriation Language

Programs: $5,525,000 the first year and $5,675,000 the second year are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Improve diversity percentage of program, meet student expectations and contribute hours across MNHS.
1. Improve the existing diversity percentage of the Internship Program student interns by 5% to 33% by FY 15. Met this goal. The diversity rate was 25% in FY2012. The diversity rate for FY14 was 45%. This is a 20% increase. The diversity rate for this program continues to climb. We are on pace for 45-50% diversity rate for FY15.
2. Have over 90% of interns' state that the internship met their expectations, in a post survey conducted at the end of their internship. Met this goal. 100% of those surveyed stated the internship program met their expectations.
3. Interns will contribute approximately 9,000 hours across at least 20 departments. Met most of this goal - Interns contributed nearly 17,300 hours and worked across 18 departments and historic sites

Recipient Board Members
"Minnesota Historical Society Governing Board:

William R. Stoeri, President
Missy S. Thompson, Vice President
Ruth Huss, Vice President
D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary
Dean M. Nelson, Treasurer

Suzanne Blue
Brenda J. Child
Robert Bruininks
Judith S. Corson
D. Stephen Elliott
Phyllis Rawls Goff
William D. Green
David R. Hakensen
Ruth S. Huss
Martha Kaemmer
Dennis L. Lamkin
David M. Larson
Charles Mahar
Dean M. Nelson
Elizabeth M. Nordlie
Dennis Nguyen
Peter R. Reis
Hussein Samatar
Simon Stevens
Susan Kenny Stevens
William R. Stoeri
Karen Wilson Thissen
Missy Staples Thompson
Eleanor Winston

Mark Dayton, Governor
Yvonne Prattner Solon Lieutenant Governor
Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State
Lori Swanson, Attorney General
Rebecca Otto, State Auditor"
Project Overview
College students from underrepresented communities are placed across the Minnesota Historical Society's various departments and sites as interns. During their semester-long internships, the students have the opportunity to work alongside museum professionals to enhance their skills and apply their knowledge in a professional environment. They also participate in learning activities to enrich the internship experience and network with other interns in their cohort. The activities focus on engaging with MNHS on a deeper level by discussing current issues and trends with museum staff, sharing intern experiences, building professional networks and adhering to a learning plan.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code