Danish Interns

Internships are designed around program needs, the interests of the individual interns, as well as ongoing museum projects. The internships are open to students who are Danish citizens and currently enrolled in graduate programs at Danish universities or equivalent institutions. In special cases, recent graduates may be considered. Students enrolled in Danish library science programs are especially encouraged to apply. Print the flyer.


Not your typical internship

The Museum of Danish America offers paid internships of 3-6 months through a grant from the Scan Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun of Seattle. The internship may include a 4-6 week stay at another Danish-American institution. The museum offers a hands-on learning environment where interns work as part of a team and complete individual projects. Previous intern projects include translation, website management, exhibit design and installation, genealogy and library management, development and marketing, and updating collections records. The museum also encourages Danish interns to explore American culture through museum visits, conference and museum events, meetings, etc. Danish interns may also share housing (provided) with American interns.


Interns at work


  • $500 monthly stipend
  • Vehicle for intern use
  • Shared housing provided
  • Travel opportunities


  • Exhibits
  • Collections
  • Library
  • Genealogy
  • Marketing
  • Development
  • Contact us with your idea!


  • Bachelor's degree, History preferred
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Excellent organizational and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Good interpersonal and computer skills (including Microsoft Office programs)
  • Optional, but desirable for library interns: the ability to read Gothic Danish print and manuscript materials
  • As we are in a rural area, it is strongly encouraged that applicants have a driver's license



Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester 2017: April 15, 2017
  • Spring semester 2018: November 1, 2017


"I believe that my internship at the Museum of Danish America has helped me immensely with my career! Getting a job in the museum field in Denmark is not always easy, but I gained a lot of experience with collections and exhibits while working in Elk Horn, and that gave me a clear advantage when I started applying for jobs in Denmark.” –Freja Gry Børsting, Curator, Immigrantmuseet, Farum, Denmark

For more information and to apply, please contact Rasmus Thøgersen, Executive Director: director@danishmuseum.org 

American Interns


Collections Assistant Internship

The application deadline for this year's position has passed. Please check back again for details about 2017-2018 positions.

General Information

In addition to participating in day-to-day functions of the collections department including donation and loan processing, pest management, and environmental controls, past internships have primarily furthered the complete inventory, cataloging, and digitization of the entire artifact collection. Specific projects have included:

  • Textile collection. Acid-free tissue was also replaced between each layer of textile, and overcrowding in boxes was alleviated.
  • Framed collection, including art, documents, and photographs. Old cardboard and wood backings were removed, frames and glass were cleaned, and acid-free blue board backings were added along with tyvek dust covers for long-term preservation.
  • 1908 Victorian house museum, Bedstemor's House. This was the first full inventory done on the house, and led to a reorganization of some of the rooms and a more effective interpretation and use of the house.
  • Large objects, including furniture, trunks, plows, etc.
  • Preparation for a collections move. This involved organizing and labeling shelving units, moving artifacts, and recording new location data.

Future positions will also be collections-focused, though other departments such as exhibitions and the Genealogy Center may also develop internships as needed. Questions about these positions may be directed to: registrar@danishmuseum.org

Bodtker Grant

Danish Interns may also apply for the Bodtker Grant offered by The Danish American Heritage Society to help fund research projects. For more information, visit http://www.danishheritage.org. The internships are open to students who are Danish citizens and currently enrolled in graduate programs at Danish universities or equivalent institutions. Click here for more information on the Bodtker Grant.