Non-Profit & Political

Internship: Custer Battlefield Museum

A LITTLE ABOUT US:

The Custer Battlefield Museum is located in Garryowen, Montana, "Where the Battle of the Little Big Horn Began." The Museum is recognized as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, supported exclusively through private funding. We are located on the historic site where Sitting Bull’s camp was attacked by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s troops in 1876. This year will be the 139th commemoration of the Battle.

The Museum's mission is to educate the general public on the Western Migration Movement, American expansion, and the Battle of the Little Big Horn. This institution also collects, preserves, and exhibits original artifacts, Native American beadwork, photographs, paintings, and rare books and manuscripts related to Custer and the Battle and other frontier subjects. Extensive exhibits of Native American and 7th Cavalry artifacts include many items excavated from the Battlefield, as well as ephemera belonging to Sitting Bull, G.A. Custer, Tom Custer, Crazy Horse, Lewis & Clark, and other important figures of the time.

The Museum’s collection of more than one hundred D.F. Barry photographs has toured internationally and is now on permanent display. The Tomb of the Unknown United States Soldier, dedicated during the 50th anniversary of Custer’s massacre, is a highlight on the Museum grounds and is maintained by this institution. During the 125th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, a Peace Memorial monument was erected with life-sized busts of Sioux Chief Sitting Bull and 7th Cavalry General George Custer.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

  • Must be age 21 or older
  • High School graduate, some college
  • Enjoy interacting and visiting with the public
  • Personable, outgoing, enthusiastic, positive attitude
  • Reliable, responsible, flexible
  • Strong attention to detail and good organizational skills
  • A working knowledge of American history and a desire to learn more
  • A go-getter in terms of coming up with projects and seeing them through to completion
  • Able to think outside of the box, to come up with creative Museum marketing and promotional ideas
  • Capable of learning new material rapidly; willing to spend the time and expend the effort necessary to study material
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to accept supervision
  • Intermediate computer/Internet/Microsoft Office skills
  • Knowledge and/or experience with eBay or with e-commerce websites is helpful

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Internship position with the Custer Battlefield Museum in beautiful Garryowen, Montana, May through September (exact dates are flexible). Responsibilities include assisting as Museum Staff in a variety of projects and research related to the Museum’s collection and displays, such as brainstorming ideas to market the Museum, and collaborating with other interns to work on promotional and fundraising ideas for the planned Elizabeth Custer Library and Museum.

Additional duties include admissions, handling cash, helping with gift shop inventory and sales (gift shop sales support the Museum’s activities), answering questions and online inquiries, and educating tourists in various aspects of the famous Battle. The Museum averages 100+ visitors daily. Interns will also be asked to maintain historical social media sites.

Custer Battlefield Museum is a state-approved tourist information center. In addition to answering questions about the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, and the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area, interns should be prepared to answer general questions about Eastern Montana tourist sites, Yellowstone National Park, and Mount Rushmore.

The internship is an unpaid position, 35-40 hours per week (interns will have the opportunity to work additional paid hours, if desired). We provide the educational training and materials, housing, food, adventure, and fun! The cost to the Museum for room and board totals $6500.00 per intern. If selected, the Museum will award a $6000.00 grant to cover the majority of these costs. The successful applicant will be responsible to furnish the additional $500.00 towards an unforgettable historical experience. Interns who wish to use this opportunity to receive college credits may make arrangements with the Museum Director and his/her college advisor.

Your summer home in Montana will include a clean and comfortable room adjacent to the Museum, which is located within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation next to the Little Big Horn River. This is a tremendous on-site educational opportunity in the Big Sky Country of Montana!

INTERNSHIP PERIOD: Spring / Late Summer through October (all dates are flexible)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2015

APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit your resume and a cover letter, which must include the following: interest/education in American/Western history, exact availability dates, and three academic/professional references. We are also interested in learning how you heard of this internship position.

SUBMIT APPLICATION TO: Custer2015intern@gmail.com