Design Intern, MNHS Press

Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society preserves Minnesota's past, shares our state's stories and connects people with history in meaningful ways, for today and for tomorrow. Because history matters!

We're part of Minnesota's rich history. Since 1849, we've grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious historical societies in the country. We play an important role in our state's historic preservation, education and tourism; and provide the public with award-winning programs, exhibitions and events.

We owe it to future generations to be good stewards of the past.

Position Details

Design Intern, MNHS Press
Twin Cities Metro
St. Paul, MN

Department: Minnesota Historical Society Press

Supervisor: Design and Production Manager

Hours: 8-12 hours per week

Location: Minnesota History Center

Semester(s): Fall 2019 (September through December)

Status: Unpaid; A limited number of diversity stipends are available for eligible candidates.

Project summary:

The MNHS Press Design Intern will assist the publishing staff in the areas of production, design, marketing, and administration. We offer an exciting opportunity to work with veteran staff willing to share their knowledge of the book industry, and also provide unique and independent projects. The intern will be working in an office environment with a mix of computer and non-computer related work.

Student responsibilities:


  • Meet with Marketing staff at the beginning of the internship to learn about department functions 
  • Research markets, new books, and available print and online marketing tools for the industry 
  • Brainstorm marketing ideas with the Marketing department 
  • Design new book covers and academic print or electronic direct mailing pieces 
  • Provide assistance in delivering image files for publicity and online use 
  • Provide production and design assistance for press kits, etc. 
  • Web site and blog design, including production of audio/video podcasts & book trailers


  • Meet with the Editorial department to learn about department functions 
  • Conduct library and Internet research for potential books/anthologies/reprints 
  • Conduct photo and art research for covers and interiors, including permissions and ordering 
  • Read trade journals and attend acquisitions meetings


  • Meet with the Production Manager to learn about department functions and attend production meetings 
  • Complete production and design work on print-on-demand titles and reprints, including reworking existing cover and text files 
  • Provide production and design support for new titles, including cover and interior designs 
  • Support E-book production management


  • Attend staff meetings; meet with the Press Director and other divisional staff to learn the business 
  • Production and design presentation assistance, including charts, graphs, and PowerPoint

Ideal degree(s): Art/Art History, Business/Management, Communications, English, Graphic Design, History, Marketing/Advertising

Student qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of graphic design and that field’s associated computer software (Adobe Creative Suite) 
  • General research & communication skills 
  • An interest in book design and production 
  • Top notch organizational skills 
  • Aptitude/interest in social media/marketing 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and the Google software suite are also preferred

Status: Unpaid; A limited number of diversity stipends are available for eligible candidates.

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