​​​​​​​​​​​The goal of the internship experience is to expose a student to as many aspects of the day-to-day operation of a museum as can realistically occur in a short period of time. The experience can be focused in one division of the museum or can be a series of experiences in various departments of the institution. The idea is to merge the student's academic training with practical experience to prepare them for entry into the profession. As it is the student's responsibility to obtain the internship, which can be done anywhere in the United States or abroad, the following is a collection of internship providers and testimonies to guide your search for the right internship. 

Remember, this is simply a list of institutions that CMU students have interned with in the past; you are free to do your internship anywhere, with the approval of the Museum Studies director, Jay Martin.

Current and former Museum Studies students, please share your experience with future MST students!  Please complete this short questionnaire to tell us about your internship experience. 

History & Anthropology Museums:

·         Castle Museum of Saginaw County Historical Society

·         Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

·         Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum

·         Gladwin County Historical Society

·         Historic White Pine Village

·         Little Traverse Historical Society  

     ​     Mackinac State Historic Parks​

·         Michigan Historical Museum

·         Michigan Maritime Museum

·         The Naval Heritage and History Command

·         Royal Oak Historical Society Museum

·         Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association

·         The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

·         Tri-Cities Historical Museum

·         Wexford County Historical Museum


Art Museums:

·         Art Reach of Mid-Michigan

·         Detroit Institute of Arts

·         Lansing Art Gallery

·         Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

·         The Toledo Museum of Art

·         Shepherd Area Historical Society Museum

·         University Art Gallery (CMU)



Natural History Museums:

·         Cranbrook Institute of Science

·         Chippewa Nature Center

·         Hartley Outdoor Education Center

·         Forest Hill Nature Area

·         Ludington State Park

·         Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History​

Science Museums:

·         Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences



·         Clarke Historical Library--Mount Pleasant, Michigan

·         Detroit Zoological Society

·         Grand Rapids Children's Museum

·         Ionia Free Fair