Exhibit Technician Intern

Department:  Museum Programs
Location:  Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island
Start Date/ End Date: Early June through August
Pay Rate: Unpaid 
Hours: 40 hours per week



The goal of this internship is to assist the exhibit designer in a wide variety of tasks related to the development, care and upkeep of MSHP exhibits and displays. Exhibits and displays include period settings, artifact-rich display cases, murals, dioramas, outdoor panels, touch-screen video displays, dress-up rooms and interactive exhibits.  These are located at all historic sites and within Mackinac Island State Park.


Some examples of the responsibilities of this temporary, seasonal position include:

  1. Daily exhibit maintenance including repair and replacement of exhibit components; changing light fixtures and bulbs; resetting audio-visual and computer driven displays.  Tasks may include carpentry, wiring, painting, computer design.
  2. Assisting in the installation of new exhibits and/or display components.
  3. Assisting in the occasional fabrication of display components and furnishings.
  4. Other duties as assigned, including assisting in exhibit cleaning and assisting Exhibit Designer in various park projects.


  1. Must be 18 years or older as of date of hire
  2. Must be able to work a varied schedule if requested, including weekends, holidays and evenings
  3. Must have experience with basic hand and power tools and workshop practices
  4. Must be self-motivated, organized and professional and able to work in a team and self-dependent environment
  5. Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety rules desired
  6. Preferred, but not required – candidate should have or be pursuing a degree in fine arts, design or museum studies
  7. Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  8. A valid driver’s license and their own vehicle (we will reimburse for gas mileage)


Stretching and bending are moves commonly made throughout the day by the employee in this position.  The employee must have the ability to do the following activities, with or without, reasonable accommodation:  Frequent lifting, carrying, transporting, loading and unloading of up to 35 pounds, walking long distances and up steep inclines in all weather conditions, frequent twisting, bending, stooping, reaching and grasping.  The employee will be exposed to a noisy, hot and dusty work environment and will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as instructed by the supervisor.  The employee will travel between the sites and must have a valid driver’s license and be able to ride a bicycle.


This position works 40-hours per week and generally works five days a week although the days and hours worked may vary to meet park needs.  The exhibit technician may be required to work weekends, holidays and/or evening hours.  The workstation is the exhibit shop in Mackinaw City, although the work location may change as park needs dictate.


The park maintains a dress code for employees working in public areas and in park service.  This means no inappropriate hairstyles, jewelry or inappropriate clothing or fashions.  Employee may be required to wear a park provided uniform.

APPLICATION PROCESS (Applications should be submitted no later than March 17, 2017):

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible, but preferably no later than April 14, 2015.  We will accept applications after that date, but we anticipate filling the position prior to that time.

Applicants must complete and return an application.  Interested applicants may obtain an application by using one of the following methods:

1.  Call our Mackinaw City office at 231-436-4100

2.  E-mail your request to fegank@michigan.gov

3.  Stop by our MackinawCity office at 207 West Sinclair to pick-up an application, or

4.  Downloaded from the link below and submitted by mail.

Individuals interested in this internship will need to complete a application and submit it to:

Mackinac State Historic Parks
ATTN:  Seasonal Employment
P.O. Box 873
Mackinaw City, MI 49701

1. The application form must be printed on standard 8.5″ by 11″ paper and filled out.  Please sign and date where indicated.
2. Applications must be completed and mailed (no emails).

Download Application:
Click here to download the application.





Mackinac State Historic Parks is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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