MPM internships are structured work experiences designed to expose college and university students to potential careers in museums. Internships are designed to allow students to gain hands-on experience and to interact with professionals, thereby bridging the gap between school and the working world.

Available Internship Opportunities:

  • may be specialized or broad-based experiences.
  • are unpaid, but can be arranged for credit through the student's school, if desired.
  • may be for as long as a semester or as short as a month.
  • can be arranged for the fall, summer, or spring semesters.
  • are for 8-40 hours per week, with a minimum semester hour total of 80 hours.
  • depend on availability.

An MPM Internship Provides Opportunities:

  • to work in a professional environment.
  • to learn from professionals in a chosen field.
  • to critically evaluate practice in relation to theory.
  • to add an impressive addition to a transcript and resume!

Examples of MPM Internships

  • Document, research, and inventory incoming and existing collections
  • Assist with the development and coordination of multimedia education presentations
  • Assist with the production and maintenance of exhibits
  • Develop computer-animated planetarium programs
  • Assist with summer camp programs
  • Research background information for upcoming school and public programs
  • Conduct public programs in the exhibit galleries
  • Help to plan and coordinate member events
  • Assist with the distribution of marketing and promotional materials
  • Help prepare loans to other museums
  • Participate in recruitment and interview processes in the Human Resources department
  • Assist with programs and projects in the Information and Electronic Systems department

These are just a few examples of past internships. The variety is endless!

MPM offers internships in the following areas (subject to availability): Anthropology, Archives, Art History, Botany, Business, Communications, Computer Animation, Development, Education, Event Planning, Geology, History, Human Resources, Information Management, Marketing, Media Technology, Membership, Office Support, Public Relations, Studio Arts, Theater, Zoology

Who is Eligible?

Generally, college sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students are preferred. High school seniors and college freshmen, in certain instances, may be accepted. Students may also be accepted as interns within one year of graduation from a college or university.

Acceptance to the internship program is based on:
  • Availability of a compatible internship.
  • The student's clear statement of a career goal or interest.
  • The student's skills and abilities to perform necessary job responsibilities.
  • The approval of the potential supervisor.

How do you apply?

If the internship is to be taken for credit, the student should contact their faculty advisor or internship office to learn about their school's policies and procedures. The student should then email their resume and cover letter to the MPM Volunteer and Internship Manager.

Cover letters should include the following:
  • Why do you want an internship at MPM?
  • Which semester are you interested in pursuing an internship?
  • When are you available to begin / end, and how many hours per week are you available?
  • In which area would you like to intern, and why?
  • What skills and experiences would you hope to gain from an internship at MPM?

The MPM Volunteer and Internship Manager will contact the potential supervisor with the information submitted by the student. The potential supervisor will contact the student for an interview, if they deem there is compatibility. The potential supervisor and the student will determine if the proposed internship corresponds to the goals and expectations of the student and/or supervisor.

The deadline for a spring semester internship is November 1; for a summer semester internship, the deadline is March 1; for a fall semester internship, the deadline is July 1.

For additional information, please contact:

Amanda Stopar
Volunteer and Internship Manager
Milwaukee Public Museum
800 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Ph: 414-278-2711
email: Amanda Stopar