Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Want a rewarding experience that enriches your life and helps your community? HCSCC has several opportunities to develop new skills, meet people from all over the world and learn about the history and culture of our region.


Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County offers internships to college students in various departments. For an internship, a student must be of junior standing or higher, or a recent graduate. We provide opportunities for several majors.

As we are only able to accommodate a small number of interns each semester and summer, it is important to get in contact with us as soon as you have an interest, in order to start the process. Although we cannot afford to pay interns, if you are eligible for Work Study (at NDSU and MSUM only), you can use your award for your internship work in the museum. All interns are taught to give the stave church tour as well as basic customer service skills to substitute during gaps in staffing.

General Museum Assistant – any major, interested in getting experience in the wide range of tasks typical for a small museum staff, does a little of everything.

Contact Maureen at Maureen.Jonason@HCSmuseum.org


Marketing Intern – assists the Marketing Coordinator in promoting the brand, activities, and exhibits of the organization. Marketing/Public Relations/Advertising/Communications/English Writing majors preferred.

Contact Maureen at Maureen.Jonason@HCSmuseum.org


Archives Intern – works primarily in the Clay County Archives working on research and preservation projects, processing collections using Past Perfect 5.0. Must have previous course(s) in archival work and serious interest in working in Archives. History/Public History majors only.

Contact Mark at Mark.Peihl@HCSmuseum.org


Artifacts Intern – work primarily with the Collections Manager to process 3-dimensional artifacts using Past Perfect 5.0. Previous coursework in public history required, experience in handling artifacts preferred and helpful. History, Public History, or Cultural Anthropology majors.

Contact Lisa at Lisa.Vedaa@HCSmuseum.org


Events Intern – assists the Events Coordinator in planning and executing three annual major cultural festivals as well as an unspecified number of smaller events throughout the semester. One major festival takes place in the summer, at the end of June, with two other large festivals in the fall. Spring events include a volunteer appreciation brunch and the HCS annual meeting. Typically marketing or communications major, but open to all majors.

Contact Maureen at Maureen.Jonason@HCSmuseum.org


Exhibit Intern – this Public History internship is a fall-semester project that finishes in early spring semester with an exhibit opening. This position is only offered in odd years. students must be particularly creative and willing to do a lot of physical work to build and install pieces of a large local history exhibit. As an example, in 2015, the exhibit was Wet and Dry: Clay County’s Battle Over Booze, 1871-1937. In 2017, it will focus on Clay County in 1918.

Contact Markus at Markus.Krueger@HCSmuseum.org


All internship candidates are asked to submit a cover letter to the contact person noted above indicating which internship they would like to apply for and why.

Furthermore, the letter should explain the skills and qualities they would bring to the job. In addition, a short resume highlighting past work and volunteer experience, related coursework, and 3 academic references’ contact information should be provided along with the cover letter.