​​​​​​​​​​​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:

Air Zoo

Castle Museum of Saginaw County Historical Society

Detroit Historical Society

Fort Vancouver Historic Site (Washington)

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​

Mason County Historical Society

Michigan History Center

Michigan Maritime Museum

Montcalm Community College Heritage Village

National Parks Service River Raisin National Battlefield

The Naval Heritage and History Command

Remus Area Historical Society

Rockford Area Museum

Royal Oak Historical Society Museum

Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

Sparta Township Historical Commission

Shepherd Area Historical Society Museum

Tri-Cities Historical Museum

Wexford County Historical Museum

Art Museums:

Art Reach of Mid-Michigan

Cincinnati Art Museum (Ohio)

Detroit Institute of Arts

Lansing Art Gallery

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

The Toledo Museum of Art

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

Wonderlab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology (Indiana)


Clarke Historical Library (Central Michigan University)

National Archives

Children's Museums:

Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum

Zoos and Aquaria:

Potter Park Zoo


Ionia Free Fair