Internships

HMTFM Internship in Museum Studies

Application Information

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BACKGROUND:

Museum internships at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula are designed to introduce candidates to the broad range of practices and sub-disciplines within the field of museum work. Such internships are available throughout the year, and shall be designated and assigned at the discretion of the Curator of Collections, Director of Education, or other supervising staff personnel.

SCOPE:

As a Museum Intern, you may participate in one or more of the following areas:

  • COLLECTIONS AND MUSEUM

    Familiarize yourself with the Museum (building, collections, people, etc.). Work with the Collections Dept. on collections and historic structures. Read the Historical Museum's Statement of Purpose (PDF), Collections Policy & Procedures (PDF).

  • PRESERVATION AND STORAGE

    Work with the Curator of Collections on basic preservation and storage principles.

  • EXHIBITS

    Work with the Curator of Collections on research of exhibits; read the Museum's Exhibit Policy (PDF).

  • Research and Documentation

    Work with the Collections Dept. on collection registration and research techniques, including the Museum’s computer cataloging system, PastPerfect©.

  • Administration

    Work on a project involving administrative and/or support activities (bookkeeping, policies, long-range plans) for the Executive Director. Attend a Board of Trustees meeting, Friends of the Museum Board meeting, staff meeting, and other meetings as appropriate. Read various policy manuals.

  • Education/Interpretation

    Work with the Director of Education on developing and implementing Museum programs and tours and basic interpretation philosophies and education techniques. Attend 1 docent training, Education Advisory Committee meeting, and/or annual teacher workshop if timely. Read Museum’s Education Policy and Interpretive Plan. Work on support projects for the department.

DURATION / COMPENSATION:

As a Museum Intern, candidates will work at the Historical Museum at least 8 hours per week and will participate in all aspects of museum work: collections management, interpretation, exhibit design and installation, working with volunteers, etc. Projects will be determined on an as needed basis determined by Museum staff. A current university student may receive college-level academic credit. To receive college credit students are required to be enrolled at an accredited university of high education. The appointee will be responsible for arranging to obtain college credit through Internship Services (243-2815), or through their respective University.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, experience with historical research & internet resources, and basic office equipment;
  • Be able to work independently, thoroughly, and with attention to detail;
  • Efficient administrative/organizational skills;
  • Concern for detail and accuracy, and producing professional results;
  • Excellent language, spelling, and grammar skills;
  • Polished interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal effectively and courteously with visitors, staff members, volunteers, docents, and other Museum personnel;
  • Ability to maintain composure along with humor while under pressure;
  • Enthusiasm for and openness to unforeseen opportunities a must.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Before submitting your application packet, please ensure you have included the following:

  • Completed and signed application form;
  • Cover letter briefly detailing interest and any qualifications or prior museum work.
  • Updated Resume/CV

Please scan all required materials and send electronically, via e-mail, or send a hardcopy to the following address:

If you are applying for a Collections, Exhibits or Research based internship contact:
nwebb@missoulacounty.us

Attn: Nicole Webb, Curator of Collections
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
3400 Captain Rawn Way
Missoula, MT 59804

If you are applying to an Education internship contact:

keyjolfsson@missoulacounty.us

Attn: Kristjana Eyjolfsson, Director of Education
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
3400 Captain Rawn Way
Missoula, MT 59804

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Ludvig G. Browman Fellowship in Museum Studies

Application Information

Download Ludvig G. Browman Fellowship Application

BACKGROUND:

The Browman Fellowship was established to honor Ludvig G. Browman, a long-time Missoula resident who played a key role in establishing the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. A respected educator and community leader, “Lud” Browman served as an instructor, professor and chairman of the Zoology Department during his 35 years at the University of Montana. After he retired, Mr. Browman became active in local politics and was elected to a term as a Missoula County Commissioner in 1972. He was one of the commissioners who established the Historical Museum and the Missoula Museum of the Arts (Missoula Art Museum) as county departments in 1975. After leaving office, he served as a museum trustee for three years. Mr. Browman died in 1986 at the age of 82.

SCOPE:

As a Browman Fellow, you may participate in one or more of the following areas:

  • COLLECTIONS AND MUSEUM

    Familiarize yourself with the Museum (building, collections, people, etc.). Work with the Collections Dept. on collections and historic structures. Read the Historical Museum’s Statement of Purpose, Collections Policy & Procedures.

  • PRESERVATION AND STORAGE

    Work with the Curator of Collections on basic preservation and storage principles.

  • EXHIBITS

    Work with the Curator of Collections on research of exhibits; read the Museum’s Exhibit Policy.

  • PUBLIC EDUCATION / PROGRAMMING

    Work with the Education Dept. on tours, trunk shows, workshops, and program philosophies and interpretive techniques, surveys (exhibits, tours and programs). Conduct guided tours and trunk shows; read the Education Policy Manual.

  • RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION

    Work with the Collections Dept. on collection registration and research techniques, including the Museum’s computer cataloging system, PastPerfect.

DURATION / COMPENSATION:

As a Browman Fellow, students will work at the Historical Museum at least 16-20 hours per week and will participate in all aspects of museum work: collections management, interpretation, exhibit design and installation, working with volunteers, etc. S/he will also complete a term project, to be agreed upon in advance by the supervising staff member (i.e. Curator of Collections, Director of Education, or Executive Director) and the fellow. The fellowship is awarded for one semester, accordingly: Fall/Spring Semester Browman Fellows receive college credit and a $1000 stipend. Summer BRowman Fellows receive $500 stipend for 10-12 hours per week. Students are required to be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher education in order to receive college credit, and the appointee will be responsible for arranging with Internship Services (243-2815) at the University of Montana, or with their particular University.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, experience with historical research & internet resources, and basic office equipment;
  • Be able to work independently, thoroughly, and with attention to detail;
  • Efficient administrative/organizational skills;
  • Concern for detail and accuracy, and producing professional results;
  • Excellent language, spelling, and grammar skills;
  • Polished interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal effectively and courteously with visitors, staff members, volunteers, docents, and other Museum personnel;
  • Ability to maintain composure along with humor while under pressure;
  • Enthusiasm for and openness to unforeseen opportunities a must.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Before submitting your application packet, please ensure you have included the following:

  • Completed and signed application form;
  • Cover letter briefly detailing interest and an outline of qualifications and background.
  • Updated Resume/CV
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation.

Please scan all required materials and send electronically via e-mail or mail a hard copy to the following address:
nwebb@missoulacounty.us

Attn: Nicole Webb
Curator of Collections-
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
34oo Captain Rawn Way
Missoula, MT 59804

*Applications will not be considered until all parts have been completed and received by the museum


Friends of Fort Missoula Living History Internship in Honor of Dr. Bob Brown

The living history internship includes conducting historic research, planning and delivering public history talks and tours while in costume. Interns provide information, orientation and interpretation to Fort Missoula visitors. The internship involves in-depth study of late 19th and 20th century American history focused on the significant resources of the Fort Missoula, Missoula and Missoula County, including frontier forts, homesteading in Montana, African American history, women’s history, military history, the history of forestry and fires, transportation history and WWII Japanese and Italian internment history.

Duration and Compensation

Summer: 8 to 10 weeks, flexible start and end dates, 15 hours per week.  $1000 stipend available for one intern.  Ability to work July 4th and August 11th-15th desirable.  Assistance acquiring costuming will be provided.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

A keen interest in and knowledge of 19th/20th century American History, public speaking skills, basic research skills, ability to organize large amounts of information, ability to work cooperatively with others in a stressful environment, ability to follow directions and handle controversial issues with tact and in a professional manner.

Duties: Duties include studying assigned research materials, developing an accurate, working knowledge of Fort Missoula history, assisting in preparing and presenting at special events (including 4th of July and Homestead Camp), performing first-person, living history interpretation, researching, developing and presenting interpretive programs.

Application Procedure:

Apply with resume, cover letter and three references by May 1st.  In the cover letter, please include the following: why you want to intern at Fort Missoula, what your objectives are, what particular type of work you would like to do, the dates you would begin and end an internship, whether this internship is for school credit or not, if applicable, the number of hours required by your school, if applicable, the requirements of your school's internship program, if applicable, your advisor's name and contact information. Also, feel free to express yourself, your hopes and expectations in the cover letter. 

Application materials should be sent to:
Kristjana Eyjólfsson
Director of Education
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
3400 Captain Rawn Way
Missoula, MT 59804
keyjolfsson@missoulacounty.us
(406)728-3476
(406)543-6277(fax)