College Internship Program

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

95% students rate their experience Good-Excellent. Net promoter score is +45 or above. Interns will be placed in 16+ programs across MNHS. 93% or above will increase their interest in history. Students will feel they increased their job skills by at least 50%. We will have a placement rate of at least 35% from students from communites of color. Students will show improvements in communication and collaboration skills and will improve their confidence in a work setting - all these skills enhance and better prepare candidates for our future workforce.

Description of Funds
Private Donor
Source of Additional Funds

Private Donor

Project Overview
College interns from 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 FY16, Legacy funds supported 93 college interns, who contributed more than 13,000 hours at MNHS museums and historic sites. Thirty percent of participants were from communities of color. These internships provide college students opportunities to gain more work experience as they apply for professional jobs. Ninety three percent of the interns during FY16 rated their experience as good to excellent.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code