Danish Interns

Internships are designed around program needs, the interests of the individual interns, as well as ongoing museum projects. The internships are open to students who are Danish citizens and currently enrolled in graduate programs at Danish universities or equivalent institutions. In special cases, recent graduates may be considered. Students enrolled in Danish library science programs are especially encouraged to apply. Print or share the flyer.


Not your typical internship

The Museum of Danish America offers internships of 3-6 months through a grant from the Scan Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun of Seattle. The internship may include a 4-6 week stay at another Danish-American institution. The museum offers a hands-on learning environment where interns work as part of a team and complete individual projects. Previous intern projects include translation, website management, exhibit design and installation, genealogy and library management, development and marketing, and updating collections records. The museum also encourages Danish interns to explore American culture through museum visits, conference and museum events, meetings, etc. Danish interns may also share housing (provided) with American interns.


Interns at work


  • Living expenses provided
  • Vehicle for intern use
  • Shared housing provided
  • Travel opportunities


  • Exhibits
  • Collections
  • Library
  • Genealogy
  • Marketing
  • Development
  • Contact us with your idea!


  • Bachelor's degree, History preferred
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Excellent organizational and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Good interpersonal and computer skills (including Microsoft Office programs)
  • Optional, but desirable for library interns: the ability to read Gothic Danish print and manuscript materials
  • As we are in a rural area, it is necessary that interns have a driver's license



Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester 2018: April 30, 2018
  • Spring semester 2019: November 1, 2018


"I believe that my internship at the Museum of Danish America has helped me immensely with my career! Getting a job in the museum field in Denmark is not always easy, but I gained a lot of experience with collections and exhibits while working in Elk Horn, and that gave me a clear advantage when I started applying for jobs in Denmark.” –Freja Gry Børsting, Curator, Immigrantmuseet, Farum, Denmark

For more information and to apply, please contact Rasmus Thøgersen, Executive Director: director@danishmuseum.org 

American Interns


Collections Assistant Internship

 Position filled for 2017. Check back later for other opportunities!

The Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa is the only national museum that tells the story of Danish immigration to the United States, the influence of Denmark on American culture today, and contemporary Danish America. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum is in the final stages of a full inventory and cataloging project for its collections. This project, which began in 2006, is expected to be completed within the next two years. Once the inventory is finished, all known information about the entire collection will be electronically accessible through the PastPerfect 5.0 database both in-house and via the Museum’s website under “View Our Collection.”

Position Description

The Collections Assistant will primarily work with the photograph collection which numbers approximately 6100 photos and postcards. Currently, a basic record exists in PastPerfect for most of photos and the majority have been digitized. Occasionally the Collections Assistant will be required to create a new catalog record or scan of the photograph.

Fuller descriptions of what the photographs depict will be created, as well as physical details like dimensions and condition reports. Additionally, and most importantly, all identifications or other documentary information currently in artifact files will be added to the database records. During the project, existing box inventories will be confirmed and updated as needed.

In addition, the Collections Assistant may help catalog new donations into the collection as needed. All interns are also involved in Collections Review Committee and Exhibitions Committee meetings, outreach activities (on and off site), and in behind-the-scenes tours to other museums for professional development and networking opportunities. Both American and Danish students participate in the Museum’s internship program, and enjoy free shared housing just two blocks from the Museum.

Position Details and Benefits

  • Duration/Hours: Six months, 40 hours per week
  • Pay: $500 monthly stipend
  • Benefits: Rent-free, fully-furnished house (includes all utilities)
  • Start Date: September 1 or later (can be flexible) 

Position Requirements

Masters degree or intended graduation from a Museum Studies program, though undergraduates and candidates with a degree in History or a related field may be considered; excellent writing skills; strong attention to detail; ability to handle large work loads and meet deadlines; ability to perform the physical requirements of the position including standing for long periods of time and lifting heavy objects; and ability to work well alone and in a group. Optional, but highly preferred: museum registration and/or inventory experience, and familiarity with PastPerfect software.


Bodtker Grant

Danish Interns may also apply for the Bodtker Grant offered by The Danish American Heritage Society to help fund research projects. For more information, visit http://www.danishheritage.org. The internships are open to students who are Danish citizens and currently enrolled in graduate programs at Danish universities or equivalent institutions. Click here for more information on the Bodtker Grant.