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Internships Dedicated to UMN English Majors

Get real-world job experience before you graduate, with a stipend!
November 13, 2017

To assist undergrads in honing skills in communications, marketing, development, and museum administration, the English department collaborates with various organizations in the Twin Cities on internships only for UMN English majors. Due to a generous gift from Edith Leyasmeyer, students who intern at arts organizations for a semester are eligible for stipends of $500. If you'd like course credit, the English department offers an accompanying directed study option which can count as an elective toward your major (email for more info).

Do not contact the below sites yourself; see application instructions at bottom of this page. (For the Mia internship, see details at listing.) Spring 2019 internship deadline: EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 3. Questions? Email Terri Sutton at

Because these opportunities are thus far limited, and we want to provide them to as many English majors as possible, students can only hold one dedicated English internship per semester. However, if you are interested in more than one, you may submit multiple applications; please include a separate page with a ranking of your choices.

Dedicated Internships Available Spring 2019

Frank Theatre

Frank Theatre is a professional theatre company (marking its 30th anniversary this year!) committed to producing unique work that stretches the skills of the artists while simultaneously challenging the everyday perceptions of the audience through the exploration of ideas and issues of social, political, and/or cultural concern.

Frank Theatre is seeking an intern to assist in various areas of administration and production. Based on the intern’s interests and the theatre’s needs, tasks could include assisting in marketing efforts, social media, groups sales, dramaturgical research, database entry, ad sales, or a variety of other activities. Frank Theatre is located at 3156 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Jungle Theater  

For more than 20 years, the Jungle Theater has had a substantial impact on the Twin Cities theater scene. In addition to the Jungle’s main stage productions of classic and contemporary plays, the theater also maintains community arts education and outreach programs that reflect the theater’s ongoing commitment to neighborhood and community. A flagship example of the transformative power of the performing arts.

The Jungle internship will focus on organizing several years’ worth of archival show videos. The videos are currently in multiple formats on a variety of storage devices, so they’re seeking someone who’s fluent with video rendering and format conversion. The intern should be familiar too with cloud uploads and hard drive extraction. The Jungle Theater is located at 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)

Mia inspires wonder with extraordinary exhibitions and one of the finest wide-ranging art collections in the country. From Monet to Matisse, Asian to African, 40,000-year-old artifacts to world-famous masterpieces, Mia links the past to the present and enables global conversations.

At Mia, the intern will work with the Audience Engagement department to write and edit text for various digital platforms including, but not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, Medium, and Mia's Blog. The intern will also assist the Media and Technology division in adding image descriptions to the most highly-visited pages of Mia's website to increase accessibility. The internship is for 5-10 hours per week. Mia is located at 2400 3rd Avenue S., Minneapolis. To apply, go to their online form and provide application form, essay, recent resume, copy of your college transcript, and one letter of recommendation. Please mention that you are a University of Minnesota English Major applying for the Audience Engagement Internship. Letter of recommendation should be sent directly to by the letter's author. (The application may ask for two letters, but one is enough for UMN English majors.)
Since its founding four decades ago, Mixed Blood has been a theatre built for all; a movement that recognizes our shared humanity as something made stronger by difference, not weakened. A theatre nationally recognized for its programming—synonymous with artistic excellence driven by its core values of access, pluralism, and social equity. Mixed Blood ushers audiences into a more expansive world in which previous assumptions may prove false, invoking theatre as a call to action for meaningful social change.
Mixed Blood's internship will provide in-depth exposure to external relations at Mixed Blood: development (fundraising), marketing, and community engagement. With this focus, the internship is designed to flex to the intern's specific areas of interest and passion, resulting in a rewarding experience for both Mixed Blood and the intern. Mixed Blood is located at 1501 S 4th Street, Minneapolis.

    Russian Museum of Art (TMORA)

    Since 2002, the Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) has served as the Twin Cities’ window to Russian art, history, and culture. TMORA is a collecting museum that receives donations of artworks from collectors, museums, and galleries. A hands-on opportunity in museum curation, the Curatorial Intern will help inventory and make accessible recent donations. The internship period is one month, but is renewable to a total of 12 weeks.

    The Curatorial Intern assists the TMORA Curator with the inventory, cataloguing, and care of the museum collections. The intern must have the ability to safely handle artworks, keep accurate records, and follow directions; attention to detail; flexibility; and openness to taking responsibility for a variety of duties. Computer proficiency is a must. Russian language proficiency and knowledge of Russian art, culture, and history are desired but not required. Duties involve entering collection items into the Museum Collections Management System, MIMSY; attaching labels to and photographing collection items; checking the location and inventory numbers of individual items; and performing other tasks as determined by the supervisor. [In addition to the application materials below, TMORA asks for contact information for two references.]

    Zenon Dance Company & School

    Zenon Dance is a non-profit organization that provides international level modern and jazz dance through its performance company, high-quality adult and youth dance classes through its school, and an outreach program that brings dance to underprivileged, socially, mentally and physically disadvantaged youth in Minnesota. Zenon has been based in the Twin Cities for 35 years and has toured locally, nationally, and internationally. Zenon's mission is to bring dance to all people, no matter their age or skill level. 

    Zenon Dance's internship will provide students with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working within a small arts non-profit in an administrative position. Interns will be exposed to administrative office duties, assisting in creating marketing/publicity, donor, and social media packages; as well as school, website, and program development projects. Interns also may take free classes during the internship period. Zenon is located at 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 400, Minneapolis.

    Application Directions


    • Be an already-admitted, degree-seeking student in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
    • Be a formally declared English BA major.

    Application (typed, by post or email)

    • Cover letter which includes the following: your name, year in school, student ID number, mailing address, daytime phone, email address, major and minor. 
    • Purpose statement: two pages long (double-spaced and typed). Your purpose statement should respond to the following questions: What is your long term career objective, or your best guess at what your career will look like? How will this internship help you take the next step toward that goal? What specific skills would you like to develop and how might you do this in this internship? How will the real-world work of this internship enhance/expand/explore what you are learning through coursework in your major or degree program? How might the internship site positively benefit as a result of having you as an intern—what specific skills and experiences do you bring to the internship?
    • One-page resume.
    • Unofficial transcript or APAS: Attach an unofficial copy of your University of Minnesota transcript. It is acceptable to submit the APAS that can be printed from the OneStop site.

    Spring 2019 internship application deadline: EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 3

    Email with subject heading [ORGANIZATION] INTERNSHIP to:
    or send to:
    Department of English
    ATTN: Terri Sutton
    207 Lind Hall
    207 Church St. S.E.
    Minneapolis, MN 55455