Internships

Get your start at MOI

Build up your hands-on experience — and your resume — while inspiring wonder and discovery with us. View options, timelines, requirements, and how to apply.

Logistics

  • Interns generally work an average of 6-10 hours/week for one academic semester.
  • Interns do not necessarily have to be currently enrolled college students, but preference may be granted to students in need of credits required for graduation.
  • Students will be subject to an interview with an MOI supervisor as part of the selection process.
  • MOI internships are unpaid, although college credit may be arranged.

Timelines

  • Spring semester: January to April — apply by December 31
  • Summer semester: May to August — apply by March 31
  • Fall semester: September to December — apply by March 31

Some flexibility may be acceptable depending on your needs, and late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Opportunities

MOI currently offers three different internship tracks depending on your background and interests. The museum can accommodate one intern per track per semester.

Curatorial internships

MOI Curatorial Department interns will experience a variety of duties including: archival research, digitization of historical ephemera relating to Idaho Falls and East Idaho, accessioning artifacts, inventorying the collection, as well as rehousing and stabilizing at-risk collection items, etc. The curatorial intern will report to the curator and may have the opportunity to work closely with other departments within the museum.

 

Duties:

Note: This is a support-oriented position and may involve direct interaction with artifact donors and MOI guests visiting the archives for research purposes.

  • Handling artifacts following curatorial standards
  • Learning to navigate/use PastPerfect museum software
  • Accessioning newly donated artifacts into the PastPerfect database
  • Conducting in-house research of the museum’s collections for members of the public in a timely manner
  • Digitizing photos, articles, postcards, etc. housed within the museum’s archives
  • Rehousing and/or stabilizing artifacts in the collection when necessary

 

Desired qualifications:

  • History, anthropology, or archaeology background
  • Willing to take direction while working
  • Flexible (with regards to both scheduling and task variability)
  • Pleasant and professional attitude
  • Skilled at interacting with the public
  • Willing to take initiative
  • Detail-oriented and comfortable with repetitive tasks
  • Able to think independently and creatively
Education internships

MOI Education Department interns will experience a variety of duties including assisting with youth education programs, developing curriculum materials and exhibit guides, and researching and coordinating special events and public programs. The education intern will report to the Managing Director and work closely with the Programs Specialist.

 

Duties:

Note: This is a support-oriented position and may involve direct interaction with children.

  • Assist with MOI’s education programs and activities
  • Plan and implement educational programs and activities
  • Develop curricula that meet state/national standards
  • Coordinate select events and serve as a representative of MOI at community educational events
  • Prepare and distribute promotional materials related to educational events
  • Teach
  • Research

 

Desired qualifications:

  • Flexible (willing and able to work some Saturdays and evenings)
  • Pleasant and have a professional attitude
  • Skilled at interacting with children
  • Excellent at communication skills, including phone and written skills
  • Responsible
  • Willing to take initiative
  • Attentive to detail
  • Able to demonstrate good computer skills, knowledge of Microsoft products
  • Able to think independently and creatively
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates especially encouraged to apply
Marketing internships

MOI Marketing Department interns will experience a variety of duties including: assisting with videography and filming human interest stories, developing marketing research, and coordinating special events hosted at the museum. The marketing intern will report to the Director of Marketing and work closely with other departments as well.

 

Duties:

Note: This is a support-oriented position and may involve direct interaction with families and MOI visitors/guests.

  • Collect and create content for museum communications, including via photography, videography, graphic design, and/or copywriting
  • Research best practices and the market to aid in creating marketing campaigns
  • Prepare and distribute promotional materials

 

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with photography and/or videography
  • Willing to take direction
  • Flexible (willing and able to work some Saturdays and evenings)
  • Excellent at communication skills, including phone and written skills
  • Pleasant and professional attitude
  • Skilled at interacting with the public
  • Willing to take initiative
  • Attentive to detail
  • Able to demonstrate good computer skills, knowledge of Microsoft products
  • Able to think independently and creatively
  • Bilingual candidates (English/Spanish) particularly encouraged to apply

Receiving college credit

Credit requirements vary by school and department. Contact your school’s internship advisor to discuss your individual needs and any additional requirements imposed by the school. Your MOI supervisor will ensure accountability for hours worked and for completion of assignments.

For College of Eastern Idaho students: CEI generally requires 50 internship hours for 1 credit, or 100 for 2 credits, and a bi-weekly journaling assignment. Credits are pass/fail and listed as MII 101.

Looking to volunteer instead?

View options and apply here.

Questions?

Contact Jeff at 208.522.1400 ext. 3006 or email.