Our Volunteers have fun with Jewish history!
We know that without our volunteers, we’re history. We also know that to attract the best volunteers, our opportunities had better be fun, rewarding and a good use of your time.

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Currently, we are not looking for volunteers for either routine or special projects. But if you would like to leave your name and contact information with us, we will be glad to be inn touch with you when opportunities arise. Projects that we periodically call for volunteers include staffing for special events, collections processing, and data entry and clean-up. To let us know you are interested in volunteering, please email us, or call 952 381-3360 and leave a message with your name, contact information and any particular skills you would like to let us know about.

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Intern at JHSUM! We customize your experience to enhance your academic interests. Though all of our internships are unpaid, interns may be able to receive funding or course credit for their work at JHSUM through their colleges or universities.

To apply for an internship, please submit a cover letter on our contact page.

Read what a past intern has to say about their experience:

I originally joined the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest to gain a working knowledge of academic archives; instead, I have found something that has surpassed my initial expectations. The environment at JHSUM is warm and friendly, while the work never fails to engage my curiosity. What is more, I receive constant encouragement from my mentor to exercise creative independence. In that regard, it has been an experience yet unmatched.


JHSUM Intern Spotlight

Josh Tane, an Anthropology major at the University of Minnesota has been an intern with JHSUM since December 2008. He has been finding many innovative solutions for JHSUM’s technology needs. Josh is currently working on solving JHSUM technical issues and implementing new programs. A large project which is underway is digital collection management using the Omeka platform.

Siri Maitra, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, majored in Classical Culture and Society with an emphasis in Archaeology. Always interested in history, she joined JHSUM in December 2008, where she has been processing the papers of Rabbi Stacy K. Offner, formerly of Shir Tikvah.

Katie Wilber, a University of Minnesota graduate photographed and cataloged artifacts in the JHSUM archives, worked with the City of Minneapolis Historic Preservation Office to develop a North Side Walking Tour script, and helped with archival processing. Katie interned with JHSUM from January through May 2008.

Sarah Sadrakula, a Museum Studies major at the University of Iowa has been an Intern with JHSUM on her breaks from school since December 2007. Most recently she scanned 100 historical photos from our Dakotas collection and adding descriptive information about them to the collections database. Sarah has also worked with the archives and performed valuable project research.

Dan Ekholm, a University of Minnesota graduate and now secondary school science teacher in Colorado did a phenomenal job putting oral history clips of WWII vets up on our web site as part of our online WWII exhibit. Dan interned with JHSUM during December 2007 and January 2008.

Julie Tarshish, a Metropolitan State University graduate processed the Butch Levy and Shir Tikvah collection, worked with the JHSUM web site to mount photos, helped with mailings, database updates and scanning. Julie interned with JHSUM from June through August 2006. JHSUM was pleased to hire Julie in September 2006 as Programming and Communications Coordinator.