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Costume and Props Intern

Minnesota Children's Museum


Organization Summary:

About Minnesota Children's Museum

Minnesota Children’s Museum’s mission is sparking children’s learning through play. We are dedicated to providing children with a hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover. With locations in St. Paul, Rochester, and the Mall of America, MCM employs 65 full-time and 65 part-time employees and engages over 1,300 volunteers annually. At MCM our workplace values that guide how we work together are: Play, Include, Grow, Serve and Strive.

Minnesota Children's Museum is dedicated to growing a diverse and culturally competent team of highly engaged staff and volunteers. Applicants from diverse populations are strongly encouraged to apply.


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Arts, Culture and Humanities
Category: Administration and Management Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Intern - Unpaid Salary: Unpaid
Hours: 10-12 

Primary Duties:

Position Summary  

The Costume Design and Props Intern assists Exhibit Production staff in creating, maintaining, and installing the many costumes and props used by children in the various Museum exhibits. Many of our exhibits include costumes that children may wear while engaging in dramatic play. Our exhibits also include hundreds of props that need repair and maintenance. Intern duties include but are not limited to building replacement props, small hand sewing repairs, sanding and painting, laundry, and other prop maintenance tasks. Projects vary depending on the project workflow for our Exhibits Production Department, but examples of past projects include producing large numbers of backup duplicates of costumes in our exhibits, making laminated books, cutting and felting new papermaking boards, and stitching Thomas and Friends luggage. Specific assignment will vary based on the intern’s skill and experience level. This “behind-the-scenes” position rarely interacts with our visitors directly. 

Major Job Accountabilities  

The exact duties and projects will be determined by mutual agreement of the intern and museum staff. All duties will be carried out with the direction and supervision of the Exhibit Production department.   

  • Clean, repair and maintain existing costumes and props

  • Pattern and stitch new costumes (depending on workflow and skill level)

  • Install and/or remove temporary exhibits

  • Assist in maintaining exhibit shop equipment

  • Other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

1. Knowledge and experience with costume design, patterning and stitching, including hand sewing.

2. Ability to organize time and work independently, follow directions and complete tasks in an effective manner.

3. Ability to concentrate in a busy work environment.

4. Skill in coordinating tasks and projects.

5. Enjoy working with in a team environment.

6. Previous coursework/experience in technical theater, costume design, or apparel design a plus.

Training Provided

1. Intern Orientation

2. Exhibit component operation and maintenance

3. Optional free trainings: The Ways of Play, Wakanheza


Additional Info:

Applications accepted until position is filled. Examples of work or link to a portfolio of work is a plus.  

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