Summer Costume Design& Props Intern


Cause Areas


Fri May 04, 2018 - Wed Aug 01, 2018


10 W Seventh StSt. Paul, MN 55102


Position Summary

The Costume Design and Props Intern assists Exhibit Production staff in creating, maintaining, and installing the many costumes and props used by children in the various Museum exhibits. Many of our exhibits include costumes that children may wear while engaging in dramatic play. Our exhibits also include hundreds of props that need repair and maintenance. Intern duties include but are not limited to building replacement props, small hand sewing repairs, sanding and painting, laundry, and other prop maintenance tasks. Projects vary depending on the project workflow for our Exhibits Production Department, but examples of past projects include producing large numbers of backup duplicates of costumes in our exhibits, making laminated books, cutting and felting new papermaking boards, and stitching Thomas and Friends luggage. Specific assignment will vary based on the intern’s skill and experience level. This "behind-the-scenes" position rarely interacts with our visitors directly.

Major Job Accountabilities

The exact duties and projects will be determined by mutual agreement of the intern and museum staff. All duties will be carried out with the direction and supervision of the Exhibit Production department.

  • Clean, repair and maintain existing costumes and props
  • Pattern and stitch new costumes (depending on workflow and skill level)
  • Install and/or remove temporary exhibits
  • Assist in maintaining exhibit shop equipment
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  1. Knowledge and experience with costume design, patterning and stitching, including hand sewing.
  2. Ability to organize time and work independently, follow directions and complete tasks in an effective manner.
  3. Ability to concentrate in a busy work environment.
  4. Skill in coordinating tasks and projects.
  5. Enjoy working with in a team environment.
  6. Previous coursework/experience in technical theater, costume design, or apparel design a plus.

Training Provided

  1. Intern Orientation
  2. Exhibit component operation and maintenance
  3. Optional free trainings: The Ways of Play

Applications accepted until position is filled. Examples of work or link to a portfolio of work is a plus. Submit online application, resume, and cover letter at


  • Organization
  • Exhibition Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Sewing
  • Upholstery

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • May-August 2018. Requires 100 hours
  • 10-12 hours per week

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