Not your typical internship

The Museum of Danish America offers internships of 3-6 months in 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, 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 will also share the housing provided by the museum with American interns.

Danish Interns:

Interns at work

Internships are available within these fields

  • Exhibits and Collections
  • Library and Genealogy
  • Marketing and Development
  • Internships are designed around program needs, the interests of the individual interns, as well as ongoing museum projects.


  • Bachelor's degree, History preferred
  • Good 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
  • Please note: applicants with a driver’s license are preferred!


Application deadlines

  • Fall semester 2016: April 15, 2016
  • Spring semester 2017: November 1, 2016

For more information, please contact Dr. John Mark Nielsen:

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 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.


American Interns:

2015-2016 Collections Assistant Internship

The application deadline for this year's position has passed. Please check back again for details about 2016-2017 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: