Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lyon County Historical Society Internship

Location: Lyon County Museum 301 West Lyon Street Marshall, MN 56258 

Paid Position: Yes 

Hours: 30 hours/week for 12 weeks 

Starting Date: May 2017 (negotiable) 

Deadline for Application: Monday, April 24, 2017 by 5:00p.m. 

The Lyon County Historical Society is a non-profit, member supported organization located in downtown Marshall. LCHS is dedicated to preserving and interpreting Lyon County’s history through its collections, exhibits, and programs. 

Background: The internship program is designed to introduce students to the day-to-day working of a county history museum and the interpretive educational process. The internship provides a rare opportunity to directly apply academic skills and training in a unique working environment, as well as provide exposure to a career as a history museum professional. 

Position Overview: The internship is a mixture of training and hands-on experience. The intern will be invited to learn about day-to-day operations of a county history museum, including research facilities, exhibit display and design, collections care and preservation of artifacts. Opportunities will be offered to participate in fundraising activities, assist with Society sponsored events and contribute to the quarterly newsletter. 

The internship requires working with LCHS on public relations, marketing, and social media tasks. Projects include: developing a WordPress website, social media sites, developing surveys and other marketing related tasks in efforts to promote the Lyon County Museum and upcoming programs. 

  • Enrollment in an undergraduate program in marketing, public relations, communications, or a related field. 
  • Background knowledge on Minnesota history from the 19th century to present 
  • S/he should have good English skills, communication skills, be reliable and able to work both as a team member and independently.
  • S/he should have creativity, pay attention to detail, present him/herself well, and enjoy working with the public. 
  • S/he should have knowledge of social media and computer skills 

Requirements: Intern will keep a journal to record relevant experiences and significant events of their internship, resulting in either a written or oral presentation on their work. 

Supervisory Procedures: The Executive Director will work with the intern to set goals, both personal and objective to be tracked throughout the twelve week period. Formal status meetings will be held with the Executive Director on a weekly basis to communicate work plans, set goals, review work done and answer questions. 

Application Process: Please send application letter, resume, and references by April 24, 2017 to: Lyon County Historical Society c/o Jennifer Andries, 301 West Lyon Street, MN 56258.