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

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INTERNSHIP: Collections Assistant

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and located in Elk Horn, Iowa, the Museum of Danish America is the only national institution that tells the story of Danish immigration to the United States and the influence of Denmark on American culture today. The Museum’s broad collections are almost entirely inventoried, cataloged, and digitized, and are available online. Much of this work has been accomplished by interns. MoDA’s intern program includes both Danes and Americans, providing a unique international experience.

Position Description: The primary task for this internship will be completing inventory of items in the museum’s visual storage space in anticipation of redoing and reorganizing the space. PastPerfect records will be cross referenced with Excel inventory lists and compared to actual shelf contents to verify locations. Any additional information, photos, or condition notes will be added or updated at that time. The Collections Assistant will also participate in deaccessioning recommendations as appropriate and suggesting items to move into other storage locations.

In addition, the Collections Assistant will be an active participant in the collections and curatorial departments. As time allows, they may work on other inventory projects, help catalog new donations, and may provide hands-on assistance during exhibit rotations. Interns are also involved in Collections Review Committee and Exhibitions Committee meetings, outreach activities (on and off site), and in behind-the-scenes tours to other museums for professional development and networking opportunities.

Position Details and Benefits:

Duration/Hours: Six months, 40 hours per week
Pay: $1,200 monthly stipend
Benefits: Rent-free, fully-furnished house (includes all utilities and internet), access to the intern car for use throughout the duration of the internship
Start Date: June 6, 2022 (can be flexible)

Position Requirements:

Masters degree or intended graduation from a Museum Studies program, though undergraduates and candidates with a degree in History or a related field may be considered; excellent writing skills; strong attention to detail; ability to handle large workloads and meet deadlines; ability to perform the physical requirements of the position including standing for long periods of time and lifting heavy objects; and ability to work well alone and in a group. Optional, but highly preferred: museum registration and/or inventory experience, and familiarity with PastPerfect software.

Application Deadline and Selection Process: Must be received by midnight March 20, 2022. Phone interviews for selected candidates will be held the week of March 28, and selection will be made the week of April 4.

Application Details: Send letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references via email to Julia Jessen, Registrar: julia.jessen@danishmuseum.org. Questions are welcome. 

This internship is made possible by generous support from the Danish Club of Tucson.

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.