The Interurban Railway Museum is looking for motivated college students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in varying fields of study like Historic Preservation, History, Museum Studies, Anthropology, English, etc.
We hire 1-2 paid interns every semester and give preference to students looking for more long-term, resident internship experience for the duration of their degree program. Our interns are paid above Texas minimum wage, starting at $12/hour and have the opportunity to work up to 22 hours per week (our open-to-the-public hours). This allows our interns enough free time to maintain focus and excellence in their coursework while earning real-world experience and a paycheck. We will work around your class schedule so long as you can commit to a full semester and working at least 10 hours per week.
Raises are considered on a semester-to-semester basis, and are based on mid-semester performance reviews. Interns are also given the opportunity to sign up to work events outside of regular museum hours, join (1) advisory committee, and attend (1) board meeting per semester, which are all paid by the hour.
Our internship program is funded through our parent organization, The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, by a private donor.
Our internship program is currently on hold as we endure the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are committed to providing fair pay for work, so we will not be hiring unpaid interns.
We provide an opportunity to gain valuable real-world museum and cultural organization / non-profit experience, and are always willing to work with professors and colleges to help students earn course credit. All of our interns are paid and have the opportunity for raises based upon quality of work and duration of their internship.
Our previous interns have had the opportunity to write & publish books, write museum docent guides, research & write temporary exhibits, assist with exhibit design & installation, collect & analyze visitor data, and even design and manage our online content!
Your support and contributions will enable us to continue providing local students with valuable, on-the-job museum and and non-profit experience. Our interns go on to do incredible things!