MPM strives to provide internship programs that support the mission of the Museum and the goals of our interns through challenging and meaningful opportunities.

We offer paid summer internships for students and professionals from all sectors of the community.


Internships are open to adult students (18 years or older) of all genders, backgrounds, and nationalities. Individuals from groups underrepresented across the fields of science, research, administration, and museums are encouraged to apply. See internship descriptions for additional requirements. Candidates must be enrolled in a college or university, or have graduated within one year.


Internships are located at the Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and may include outside field work. Internships are available annually June-August, with a $2,000 stipend, plus $500 travel benefit. Interns will be required to complete a W9 tax form and background check. Housing and transportation are not provided.

Current Openings
Exhibit Content Intern

This position would support the creation of an exhibit by researching the history of MPM, finding valuable assets to use in the exhibit, and helping to shape the interpretive structure of the exhibit, which will highlight the significance of MPM to the city and the importance of creating a strong foundation for the Museum's future. The internship will be primarily self-led, with daily check-ins and assignments as needed. The goal of this internship is to immerse the intern in the process of developing content for a historical exhibit and to better understand the varied tasks that go into making a great visitor experience from concept to evaluation.

Harbor District and Milwaukee Public Museum Field Survey Internship 2024, 2 positions available

The internships will be carried out in partnership with Marquette University, Harbor District, Inc (HDI), and the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM). HDI is a community-based nonprofit whose mission is to achieve a world-class revitalization of Milwaukee’s Harbor that sets the standard for how waterfronts work -- economically, environmentally, and socially -- for the next century. This project will collect baseline data about the biotic communities present in the Harbor District in order to inform future ecological restoration work and support research projects in collaboration with other community-science partner sites across Wisconsin. Rigorous data collection and analysis will be crucial to formulating and evaluating strategies to increase urban biodiversity. Processing, identification, and preservation of samples for long-term storage will occur at MPM. Please complete the application in its entirety to be considered.

Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2024.

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