College Internship Program

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2015
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
College student interns representing Minnesota's diverse communities are placed across MNHS in various departments and sites. During their semester-long internships, students have the opportunity to work alongside museum and public history professionals to enhance their skills and apply their knowledge in a professional environment. The activities focus on engaging with MNHS on a deeper level by discussing current issues and trends with staff, sharing intern experiences, and building professional networks. In FY15, Legacy funds supported 114 college interns, who contributed over 18,400 hours at the History Center and historic sites. Forty percent of participants were from diverse communities. A larger number of diverse students had multiple internships with us, providing them with more experience and exposure to the work environment and enabling them to gain more work experience as they apply for professional jobs.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Session Law Reference: Laws of Minnesota 2015, 1st Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4 (b) (2) Programs
Appropriation Language

$5,525,000 the first year and $6,000,000 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.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

1. Improve the existing diversity percentage of the Internship Program student interns by 5% to 45% in FY16. The Diversity rate for FY15 was 40%. This was a decrease from FY14, however, our rate increased because of the We Are Hmong exhibit, placing a large group of interns to assist us with this project. This percent does not include the returning interns. In FY16 we have a 34% diversity rate however, we expect this to grow over the summer semester. We hope to reach a 40% diversity rate. These figures do not include returning students. Of those interns who returned to do multiple internships, the diversity rate of returning students was 57%. This tells us that interns from diverse communities are doing multiple internships that increase their skill level and make them more marketable in the workplace. 2. Have over 90% of interns state that the internship met their expectations, in a post survey conducted at the end of their internship. We have changed our survey tool in the past year. Instead of measuring intern expectations, we are using a Net Promoter Score. This adapts to our new evaluation system. We have an average Net Promoter Score of +54 for FY16; which we are very happy with. For FY16, 97.5% of interns surveyed said their internship increased their knowledge of current issues in the public history field. 95% said their internship increased their interest in working in a cultural institution. 86% said they would apply for a job at MNHS. The number of interns who rated their job skills as above average or higher increased from 35.5% at the beginning of their internship to 86.5% at the end of their internship. 93% of interns said their experience increased their interest in history. We are seeing a number of our intrns being hired. We are working with HR to try to measure this. 3. Interns will contribute approximately 9,000 hours across at least 20 departments. College interns worked in 19 departments/programs in FY15 totaling 18,400 hours. So far in FY16, college interns have worked over 8,000 hours in 15 departments. We're on pace to have 18,500 hours for FY16.

Description of Funds
Private Donor
Source of Additional Funds

Private Donor

Recipient Board Members
Phyllis Rawls Goff, President
D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary
William R. Stoeri, Immediate Past President
William D. Green, Vice President
Kirby M. Law, Treasurer

Executive Council
Eric Ahlness
Kurt BlueDog
Grant Davis
Phyllis Rawls Goff
Martha Kaemmer
Kirby M. Law
Dean M. Nelson
William R. Stoeri
Ben Vander Kooi
Kathleen Blatz
Barbara Burwell
D. Stephen Elliott
William D. Green
Dennis L. Lamkin
Monica Little
Peter Reis
Bo Thao-Urabe
Eleanor Winston
Suzanne Blue
Brenda J. Child
Michael Farnell
David R. Hakensen
Jean M. Larson
Charles Mahar
Peter Reyes, Jr.
Karen Wilson Thissen
Warren Zaccaro

Mark Dayton, Governor
Steve Simon, Secretary of State
Rebecca Otto, State Auditor
Tina Smith, Lieutenant Governor
Lori Swanson, Attorney General
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155