Luther’s academic program stresses education beyond the classroom walls and encourages students to engage in real-world learning in order to test their career goals and gain valuable professional experience. Internships are a crucial component of this experiential learning, and Luther helps match history majors with choice internships at museums, historical societies, and various governmental organizations.
For more information about internship opportunities at Luther, visit Career Center’s internship program.
When: Spring, 2015
Where: National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) preserves and makes available the permanently valuable records of the federal government. In addition to its original location in Washington, DC, the agency has locations all over the country, including regional facilities and presidential libraries. Andrea, A History major and Museum Studies minors, spent the spring semester in Washington, DC, as a research intern with NARA's Office of Education and Public Programs. She split her time between researching materials in both the online catalog and physical collections, and helping with educational activities such as those in the Boeing Learning Center and museum tours. This has been a fantastic experience being part of NARA's work to promote democracy through use of their collections and has helped her develop knowledge and skills useful for entering the museum or archival field.
When: January, 2015
Where: Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
The Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the immigrant story and is known as one of the most comprehensive museums in the United States dedicated to a single immigrant group. For her museum studies internship, Taylor spent the month of January in the museum's archives working with the personal papers and music transcripts belonging to the late Sigvart Hofland, composer and former professor at Luther College. Taylor surveyed, processed, sorted, arranged, and digitally cataloged Hofland's collections for the museum archive in order to make it available for research and use. This was a fascinating experience that only furthered Taylor's interest in pursuing a professional career in archives and special collections.
When: Summer, 2014
Where: Smithsonian Institution
As a double major in history and anthropology with a minor in museum studies, Emily was excited to be an intern for the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. It is one of the most visited museums in the country and works to commemorate and preserve the history and progress of aerospace technology. Emily worked in the collections department, which is in the process of moving the entire collection to a new storage facility. Her main tasks involved updating the documentation of various artifacts, as well as cleaning and moving medium-sized artifacts such as aircraft engines. One especially memorable moment of Emily’s internship was when she got to survey the tools used for the Apollo Lunar Module, getting a behind the scenes tour of the NASM’s spacesuit storage holding Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 suit. Overall, this experience renewed her love of space history and provided Emily with valuable work experience to help with future grad school applications and a future career in museums.