Minnetrista is a museum and cultural center that opened to the public in 1988. Minnetrista offers exhibits and programs that focus on nature, history, gardens, and art. The 40-acre campus includes beautiful gardens and grounds, a modern museum facility, an historic home, Nature Area, numerous sculptures, and much more.

Being an intern at Minnetrista can be the first step in the development of your career. Internships offer you the chance to integrate classroom theory with career-related work experience. Interns have made strong contributions to the success and growth of Minnetrista. We are proud to offer diverse learning opportunities to the students of East Central Indiana and beyond. We look forward to working with you! Contact us for more information.

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Intern Testimonial:

My experience in the horticulture department as an Orchard Garden intern was an incredibly educational and enriching one. Thanks to Dustin and James, I was able to develop skills in garden maintenance and cultivation, expand my knowledge of vegetables and other crops, and engage with guests to teach them more about what goes on in the Orchard Garden.

Additionally, I completed a project in the Orchard Garden during my time at Minnetrista. One component of it involved designing and building four raised beds of different materials and price points. This will serve as a demonstration to visitors that it’s not necessarily difficult or expensive to grow veggies at home. The other part of my project involved designing and building a set of raised gardening tables that are ADA accessible. We wanted to make the Orchard Garden a place for everyone to visit and work in, and I think this project was a step toward that.

Working on my project was probably one of my favorite parts of my internship, mostly because the entire horticulture department helped me build all the different components of it. They were all so excited to help me, and I really enjoyed being part of such a caring group of people. Overall, I feel that my internship gave me the opportunity to develop valuable skills in gardening and project management and execution–all things that I know I will need in the future. – Anna Groover

My experience as the Social Media and Digital Marketing intern allowed me to apply my classroom knowledge to a real professional setting. I was able to simultaneously develop my skills as a strategic and visual communicator and learn new skills that I would not have learned otherwise.

My major project for the semester was a strategic plan to restructure our Pinterest account. After two months of research, one month of planning and one month of implementation, we have already seen major growth in our community reach and engagement.

I also enjoyed starting the #MyMinnetrista campaign that is now featured on all of our social media platforms. #MyMinnetrista highlights the stories of visitors, members and staff and their unique experiences at Minnetrista. Overall, my time at here was rewarding, insightful and enjoyable. I am excited to apply what I learned at Minnetrista to my future professional endeavors. —Courtney Thomas

Internship Opportunities at Minnetrista

Natural Areas Internship Description

Orchard Garden Internship Description

Technical Internship Description