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Work With Us
Minnesota Transportation Museum has several unique opportunities to give back to the community or gain work experience towards a career in the museum or transporation industry. Below are the areas a person can get involved with at the museum. Please read more and then email us about what area you would like to get started in. ​​

Volunteer​​

Spend your time working behind-the-scenes as a Blacksmith, Machinist, repairing locomotives or cars. If you enjoy talking to visitors, become one of our interpretive guides, school group guide, or car host. 
  1. Work on Historic Trains, Buses & More!

    If you are a tinker, have grease in your veins, problem solving why it won’t work or resurrecting historic machinery back to its original use then join the men and women who volunteer in our the restoration shop. This team of volunteers are working on diesel locomotives, train equipment and railcars. Email us if you think you’ve got the talent to lend to the restoration shop!
  2. Guide a Tour or Two

    Our docents provide visitors with a one of kind experience through the museum or as car host while riding the rails in Osceola. If you enjoy chatting with the visitors of all ages about history, trains or both please email us about getting started helping us.
  3. Build History to Scale  

    Want to build be an Empire Builder like James J. Hill but on a smaller scale? This is exactly what the Minnesota Commemorative Railroad do for the garden scale model train exhibit at the museum. The G-scalers, as they lovingly referred to, have built and continue to expand a working replica of the agriculture area of southern Minnesota to the iron range, lumbering area in the north and the metropolitan area in between. Join the Garden Railroad team now!
      
  4. Be apart of the Train Crew

    Want to part of the Train Crew? Our train crews are trained  and certified to operate our fleet of diesel locomotives. We run trains at the Jackson Street Roundhouse and on charters runs in Osceola, Wisconsin.  If you ready to commit to the training and become a member of the crew, sign up here.


  5. Administrative Support

    We are a large organization and need help doing everything which includes filing paperwork, data entry, organizing materials, and supporting staff with various duties that arise at a museum. If you are up to the tasks please email us !


  6. Blacksmith 

    The blacksmith volunteers build or repair parts for the various train cars or things around  MTM. Othertimes they demonstrate for tour groups, practice making various items or practice skills that are a long lost art. Such as rebuilding a blacksmith power hammer built in 1890, rebuilding parts and pouring babbitt bearings. We also build lots of small items such as hooks, flowers, bottle opener, knives, spoons, and tooling for other projects. Email the guild to get involved!
  7. Educate our Visitors!  

    Our Public Program Associates are responsible for promoting a fun learning experience for all visitors. Associates are responsible for promoting a fun learning experience for all visitors. Essential responsibilities include leading tours, provide visitors with general information regarding Museum exhibits and execution of everyday and special public programs. Become one of our associates today!
      
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      Give Tours

      Our docents provide visitors with a one of kind experience through the museum or as car host while riding the rails in Osceola. If you enjoy chatting with the visitors of all ages about history, trains or both please email us about getting started helping us.
        
    2. Blacksmiths

      The blacksmith volunteers build or repair parts for the various train cars or things around  MTM. Othertimes they demonstrate for tour groups, practice making various items or practice skills that are a long lost art. Such as rebuilding a blacksmith power hammer built in 1890, rebuilding parts and pouring babbitt bearings. We also build lots of small items such as hooks, flowers, bottle opener, knives, spoons, and tooling for other projects.
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    5. Guest Services

      The Transportation Museum runs two gifts stores on at our Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul and at the Osceola Depot in Wisconsin. These stores provide visitors with gifts to remember their time with use, but also a great opportunity to financial support the organization. Volunteers help run the store by keeping inventory stocked, how to display merchandise and work with costumers looking for the perfect souvenir. Email us to get involved today!  
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Internships

Minnesota Transportation Museum’s Internship Program offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for advanced undergraduate and graduate students to work in a cultural organization while building career credentials.

Museum Internships are offered year-round. Interns can apply for fall (September-December), spring (January-May) or summer (June-August) semesters. College and graduate students can apply up to one (1) year after graduation.


  1. Current Internship Positions

    At Jackson Street Roundhouse in Saint Paul, Minnesota 

    - Visitor Experience Assistant 
    - Marketing Assistant
    - Programming Assistant 

    At Osceola Depot in Osceola, Wisconsin

    - Train Hospitality Assistant
    ​- Retail/Depot Assistant


  2. ​​Gain Knowledge and Experience

    As a college intern at MTM, you'll add to your resume while you learn
    first-hand about careers in history and museums. Our interns leave the
    program having completed "real" work in a professional environment,
    while under the guidance of an expert in their field.

    Make Connections and Earn Credit


    College interns make new contacts through working with
    professional staff, and networking with each other. Interns can
    inquire at their college about receiving credit for their internship experience.


  3. Academic Credit

    Academic credit for interning at the museum is available upon request. Some guidelines:
    - Inform staff during the interview process that you are seeking credit for your internship.
    - Find out your school's credit requirements - this is the intern's responsibility.
    - Make sure to meet your school's requirements for receiving credit - this is the intern's responsibility.
    - Notify your intern supervisor about any special evaluation forms or procedures your school may require. Otherwise, intern supervisors will use the standard MTM evaluation form.
    - Be aware that your school, not MTM, determines grades and credits. Unless permitted or required to give grades, MTM intern supervisors will provide only evaluations and recommendations.
     
    If you would like to find out more details about these opportunities, please email us!

  4. Credit for Internships

    Any intern who would like academic credit for their MTM experience must make arrangements with their school, and must notify their intern supervisor of any evaluation procedures required by their schools. If no specific format is provided, intern supervisors will use MTM’s evaluation form. 

    Who's Eligible?​

    Advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and students up to one year out of college. Interns must be able to commute to MTM in Saint Paul.



  5. Time Commitment


    Internships average 10-20 hours per week, or approximately 150 hours a semester, at MTM. Interns usually work during regular museum hours: Wednesday’s 10-4pm, Saturdays between 10-4pm, and Sunday’s between 12-4pm. There will be some additional weekday hours needed between 8am–4pm, Monday thru Friday.

    This is not a paid internship, but we can gaurentee you will walk away with more expereince than an average intern - get an edge over your future job competition.


TCU Job Corps students building an exhibit.
 
 

Experiencial Learning

We enjoy the reciprocal benefits of working with higher education programs. The TCU (Transportation Communications Union) Job Corps are a long time partner of ours and their railroad career students use our facility for valuable hands-on training.We're interested in working with you to develop projects that can benefit college students in their education. At the Museum, we can provide scenarios based on subjects ranging from museum studies, curation, and archival, to marketing, graphic design, and event planning, as well as mechanics, programming, and metalsmithing.  
 
Interested in starting a career in the transportation and railroad industry? Visit their website to learn more about their programs and career training opportunities.