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The Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science offers unpaid internships to college students who enjoy working with people and are interested in learning more about the many facets of the museum environment. General goals of the internship program include the following:
To provide an opportunity for the student to work on meaningful projects under the guidance of an experienced professional;

To acquaint the student with the Museum's collections, exhibits and programs;

To provide an opportunity for the student to explore a variety of career possibilities within the museum profession;

To enable the student to more fully consider career opportunities in the not-for-profit employment sector; and

To assist Museum staff with important work relating to the accomplishment of long range goals and objectives.

Internships generally center around projects developed and monitored by Museum department heads or other professional staff. Most internships also include some general departmental or clerical work. Assignments are determined by the needs of the departments and the student's academic background, experience and interests. Openings in the desired department may not always be available.


Internships are most readily available for college students and recent graduates with the following backgrounds: biological science, anthropology, geology, history, art history, graphic design, photography, marketing, communications, education, business, or museum studies. Other fields of study will be considered. Interns are selected by an application and review process, which may include an interview.


Internships are usually a semester long (fall, spring or summer sessions). Interns are expected to spend a minimum of nine hours per week at the Museum during the interning semester. The specific schedule will be determined by the Museum department head or assigned staff member. Interns are required to submit a summary report to the Museum that describes their experience within thirty (30) days of the end of the internship.


While the Putnam Museum does not offer paid internships, some students receive college credit for their work. A student wishing to receive course credit for an internship must contact his/her academic department head for approval. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Museum at the beginning of an internship if there are any special requirements or documentation required on the part of the Museum to enable him/her to receive such course credit.


Applications for internship at the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science may be made at any time. Students are advised, however, that the time required to process an application may require up to thirty (30) days.

Curatorial internship deadlines:
April 1 - summer internships
August 15 - fall internships
December 1 - spring internships

How to Apply

Please print and fill out our internship application form, then send it to:

Internship Program
Putnam Museum
1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, IA 52804


Internship Application forms can be downloaded HERE!

1717 W. 12th St.
Davenport, IA