Minnetrista is a community gathering place 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, historic homes, a Nature Area, and a walkway along the White River.
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 real-world 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.
Internship Opportunities at Minnetrista:
Loren Dent, Ball State University
2019 Writing Intern
Working at Minnetrista as a Writing Intern has been transformative in more ways than one. As a graduating senior planning to pursue a Master’s in Public Relations, I longed for another internship experience that would help propel me into my future. I truly believe that I was placed here for a reason, and Minnetrista was the perfect place for me to continue to blossom. Through writing blog posts, Columns articles, email blasts, and press releases, I was able to gain valuable communications skills and tangible work for my portfolio.
Three of my biggest projects were helping to redo the website copy, recreating the Minnetrista branding guide, and creating new copy for the signs placed outside of Catalyst. The team provided me with the guidance I needed to complete these projects, but also allowed for my opinion and creativity to be shared. They allowed for me to sit in on multiple meetings and asked me for my input on several occasions. I have learned that the key to a cohesive team is collaboration, communication, and dedication.
Aside from the work, my favorite part of the internship was being a part of a team. The Marketing team is like none other. Their sense of vibrancy and willingness to support each other in their individual tasks is inspiring. They are all young professionals who quickly took me under their wing to help me become the future media professional I desire to be. Overall, I love Minnetrista. It is a non-profit like none other. It is known for being a “Gathering Place” for the East Central Indiana community, but it has become a gathering place for me, as well. – Loren Dent
Abby Wobbe, Ball State University
2018 Horticulture Intern
Working at Minnetrista as an Orchard Garden intern was a great way to spend the summer. I have always loved visiting the beautiful gardens at Minnetrista, so I jumped at the opportunity when an internship position arose. My love for gardening and the outdoors made this internship a great fit. The Horticulture team taught me everything I needed to know on the job.They made me feel very comfortable asking any questions I had. In addition to maintaining the Orchard Garden area through planting, weeding, and cultivation, I also developed many wonderful relationships.
My project was to create a keyhole garden. Keyhole gardens are very popular in arid regions and consist of a raised bed with a compost pile in the middle. The compost pile continuously provides nutrients to the soil allowing this bed to be used in any climate, regardless of the quality of the ground soil. This keyhole garden was not only a visually beautiful addition to the Orchard Garden space, but was a great talking point for visitors who were unfamiliar with this type of garden.
My favorite part of the internship was talking with visitors about the work I was doing. Seeing others get just as excited to see new plants grow as I was, was a very fulfilling feeling. I loved giving tours of the garden, encouraging picking and tasting, and explaining plant health to home gardeners.
I gained so much valuable knowledge and am so grateful for all of the experiences and memories. – Abby Wobbe