Work with GRPM staff to learn and gain experience in the museum field.
Internships at the GRPM are a great way to gain practical and theoretical training in museum work. Interns will be able to contemplate the role of museums in contemporary society, work closely with a member of the GRPM staff and network with other interns and other local cultural organizations.
The GRPM accepts interns in the following departments: Collections, Marketing, Hospitality, Education, Exhibits, Development, Facilities Management, Planetarium Digital Production and Collections Photography. Detailed descriptions can be found below.
- Internship applications are accepted for spring, summer and fall academic terms.
- Applicants will be notified if additional information is required and if they have been selected for an interview.
The Fine Print
- Internships are eligible for course credit, but unpaid.
- Students wishing to gain college credit for internships must provide appropriate paperwork to Museum staff in accordance with their school’s policy.
- In selecting and placing applicants, preference is given to matching the opportunities currently available with the choices identified by the applicant.
- Interns are required to follow policies and procedures outlined in the Internship Program Handbook.
- A background check and interview are required.
COLLECTIONS: The Collections internship will provide an opportunity to assist with projects related to the cataloguing, display, maintenance and conservation of the Museum’s Collections and Archives. This position is based at the Community Archives and Research Center which houses a large percentage of the GRPM’s Collections.
COLLECTIONS PHOTOGRAPHY: The Collections Photography internship will provide an opportunity to assist with projects related to the photography of artifacts and other items included in the GRPM’s Collections for digital use. The GRPM strives to make more of its Collections accessible online. This position is based at the Community Archives and Research Center which houses a large percentage of the GRPM’s Collections.
MARKETING & PR: Marketing & Public Relations interns work directly with the Museum’s Marketing & Public Relations team in support of the department’s projects and needs. Interns will help to expand visibility while gaining a basic understanding of marketing and public relations from a non-profit perspective. Some responsibilities include creating content for social media channels, generating content for public communications, as well as representing the Museum at external community events. Hours would include some weekends.
HOSPITALITY: The Hospitality intern will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of the special event management team. The internship will provide those who desire a career in the hospitality industry with an opportunity to learn the business and event management side, while gaining valuable career experience, building a portfolio and enjoying networking opportunities in the process.
EDUCATION: Education interns will gain experience working in an informal education atmosphere. They will work with learners of all kinds–visiting schools, groups, general visitors – and collaborate with Museum staff to refine and develop new educational programs and resource materials.There are opportunities across a variety of subject areas–science, history and culture.
DEVELOPMENT: Development interns will directly support the department’s fundraising efforts. This will include the Museum’s two premier fundraisers, annual fund management, exhibit openings and sponsorships. The intern will gain an understanding of Development, focusing on fundraising and donor relations.
*EXHIBITS: Exhibits intern will work directly with the Museum’s Exhibits Team to help assist with exhibit development and ongoing exhibit maintenance. The intern will help to create and maintain experiences that the GRPM offers to its visiting public.
*FACILITIES MANAGEMENT: The Facilities Management intern will work closely with the Asset Manager to learn the ins and outs of managing the GRPM’s main facility, the Van Andel Museum Center, located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. This internship includes but is not limited to: daily operations of the facility, temperature/humidity control, emergency preparedness, security and more.
*PLANETARIUM: Planetarium Intern will gain experience working with GRPM’s planetarium staff to produce content for the planetarium and present planetarium content to a variety of audiences. The Chaffee Planetarium is the largest fulldome planetarium in the region and offers entertaining and educational content daily.