Engaging High School Students in Minnesota History through Internships

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)

Increase diversity, increase progressive engagement and increase job skills and knowledge about public history.
1. Continue to place diverse students, reach 85% diversity rate. Close to meeting the goal. While 89% of all our high school interns were from all teen programs were from diverse communities, for the Legacy program only, we had a 83% diversity rate. Five out of six students were from diverse communities.

2. 30% of students go to another MHS teen program or come from another MHS teen program i.e. TAC, SHIP, History Day, Mentor, ACTC, College Intern, Fellows or continue to volunteer with us. Met this goal. 30% of the six students from the Legacy intern program were progressively engaged. Students continued to volunteer and another came from the American Indian Portrait project.

3. 90% feel that this program has increased their job skills or knowledge of public history. 100% of the students would recommend this program to their peers. Those engaged in the program had this to say about what they learned: "This program increased my knowledge of public history by bringing cool history things back to my class. It helped me be more social. I learned history in a more personal way. I learned how to work with kids. It improved my communication skills; I learned how to talk to people. I learned how to work a copier machine, stapler and scanner. It inspired me to go to college, and encouraged me to pursue my dreams even more. "

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
The Minnesota Historical Society strives to attract high school interns from underrepresented communities to encourage engagement and diversify the institution. High school students are placed as gallery assistants and get professional on-the-job-experience interacting with visitors in the History Center galleries and at public events.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
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