Danish Interns

The Museum of Danish America is able to provide semester-long internships thanks to grant funding from the Scan Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun of Seattle.


"The insight and skills I got from my internship at the Museum of Danish America and living in the U.S. have been very important to me, both while job hunting and in my current position as Event and Membership Coordinator at the Art Museums of Skagen. The experiences I had during my six months at MoDA I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else." –Sofie Nielsen, intern 2014


Not your typical internship

Internships are designed around program needs, the interests of the individual, and ongoing museum projects. The museum offers a hands-on learning environment where interns work as part of a team and complete individual projects. Previous projects include translation work, exhibit design and installation, genealogy and library assignments, 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. The internships are open to students who are Danish citizens and currently enrolled in graduate programs at Danish universities or equivalent institutions. Recent graduates will also be considered.


  • Visa application expenses covered
  • Monthly stipend
  • Shared housing with living expenses provided
  • Vehicle for intern use
  • Paid travel opportunities, locally and nationally


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 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)
  • As we are in a rural area, it is necessary that interns have a driver's license


For more information and to apply, please contact the Executive Director: director@danishmuseum.org.
To apply, email your cover letter, CV or resume, and copy of your most recent transcript or diploma to the above address.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring semester: November 1
  • Fall semester: April 30


"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


American Interns

Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park Internship Program
The Museum of Danish America (MoDA) is seeking an intern to help in the management of the prairie and wetland restoration, green roof and sustainable landscape at its Elk Horn, Iowa campus. Intern candidate would ideally be from the natural resources, landscape architecture, horticultural, environmental science or related field. Intern would be involved with restoration field work including invasive species control, seed collection, water level management, site monitoring, and botanical and biological inventory. Intern would also be involved with other projects such as designing a five-acre park as part of the overall campus plan and possibly GIS analysis of local natural resources as it relates to agricultural land use. Intern would work with a professional ecologist on management and monitoring of the site and have the opportunity to take field trips to various natural areas projects in the Chicago region or Madison/Wisconsin. Public outreach and communication would also be a focus of the work. 

Initially designed in 2011 and installed in 2012, the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park is intended to celebrate the life and work of Jens Jensen through the park’s features. The park features wetland and prairie restoration, council rings, a green roof, trails and other native and formal gardens in the style of Jens Jensen. 

Skills required:
· General knowledge of natural resources and the conservation field
· Plant ID / basic knowledge and a desire to learn more
· Knowledge of ecological restoration concepts and practices
· Ability to perform physical field work in adverse weather conditions
· Ability to obtain a herbicide applicator license
· General communication and correspondence skills

Skills desired:
· Landscape Architecture graphics and design
· Ability to write text for interpretive signage, outreach materials, and/or publications

· We welcome candidates at any level
· Four month paid internship. May-August.
· Full time, 40 hours per week. Monday-Friday.
· Internship stipend is $1,200/month.
· Housing in Elk Horn provided by the museum at no cost. The intern will share housing with interns from Denmark and from the U.S. working at the museum.

Estimated Intern Task breakdown (approximate projection of the percentage of time intern would spend on tasks throughout the season)
· 60-70%: Field work in the prairie, wetland and landscape (invasive species control, planting, seed collection, landscaping work, site monitoring, working with contractors)
· 10-20%: special project relating to the museum (i.e. public programs, green roof research, wetland hydrology research, landscape/restoration design, etc.)
· 10%: field trips/working on projects necessary for academic requirements

Deadline for application is February 15, 2021. 

Learn more about the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park and the Museum of Danish America on our website: https://www.danishmuseum.org/visit/location/jens-jensen-prairie-landscape-park

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Tova Brandt, Executive Director director@danishmuseum.org. Any questions about this opportunity – same email.

Primary supervisor: Tova Brandt, Executive DirectorAdditional supervisor: Jens Jensen, ecological restoration consultant (Jensen Ecology)

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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.