Internships

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, 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).

  • PUBLIC EDUCATION AND 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 (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.

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. 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 internship project will be formalized in an Internship Prospectus, to be prepared by the appointee and submitted to the Curator of Collections along with all required application materials prior to commencement of the internship. Unlike the Museum's Browman Fellowship program, Museum Interns shall not receive financial compensation, but may receive college-level academic credit. Students are required to be enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in order to receive college credit, and the appointee will be responsible for arranging to obtain credits.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, experience with historical research & internet resources, and basic office equipment;
  • Experience with PastPerfect© collections management software, and Adobe Photoshop a plus;
  • 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, outlining qualifications, & project proposal;
  • Updated Resume/CV specifically detailing how the candidate meets the fellowship requirements;
  • At a minimum, 2 Letters of Recommendation (at least one academic, and one professional).

Please scan all required materials and send electronically, via e-mail, to the following address- nicolew@montana.com.

Hard copy versions may also be mailed to the following physical address:
Attn: Nicole Webb,
Curator of Collections
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
3400 Captain Rawn Way
Missoula, MT 59804

Note: It is highly recommended that the applicant send required application materials via e-mail, even when intending to send hard copy versions as a supplement.

*Materials should be received in one complete package.*

Download Internship Application


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©

  • 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.

DURATION / COMPENSATION:

As a Browman Fellow, students will work at the Historical Museum at least 16 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 project will be formalized in a Fellowship Prospectus, to be prepared by the appointee and submitted to the Curator of Collections along with all required application materials prior to commencement of the fellowship. The fellowship is awarded for one semester, accordingly: Fall/Spring Semester Browman Fellows receive college credit and a $1000 stipend. 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 to obtain same.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, experience with historical research & internet resources, and basic office equipment;
  • Experience with PastPerfect© collections management software, and Adobe Photoshop a plus;
  • 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, outlining qualifications, & project proposal;
  • Updated Resume/CV specifically detailing how the candidate meets the fellowship requirements;
  • At a minimum, 2 Letters of Recommendation (at least one academic, and one professional).

Please scan all required materials and send electronically, via e-mail, to the following address- nicolew@montana.com.

Hard copy versions may also be mailed to the following physical address:
Attn: Nicole Webb,
Curator of Collections
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
3400 Captain Rawn Way
Missoula, MT 59804

Note: It is highly recommended that the applicant send required application materials via e-mail, even when intending to send hard copy versions as a supplement.

*Materials should be received in one complete package.*


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
Kristjana@montana.com
(406)728-3476
(406)543-6277(fax)