The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum offers volunteer internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate university students. Interns assist LSEM’s Curator in collection management, exhibit research, education program development, and public relations. Internships give students meaningful and practical experience in museum work to aid their future careers.

Course credits for internships depend on the university program. The LSEM Curator will work in concert with faculty to ensure that internships meet university curriculum objectives. Students interested in pursuing careers in public history, museum studies, Louisiana history, archaeology, anthropology, education or visual arts are encouraged to apply.

LSEM reviews internship applications at any time of the year from all universities. Decisions to proceed with an internship depend on the museum’s current activities, staff resources, and consideration of how the museum will meet the student’s internship objectives.

For more information, contact Curator Nita Cole at 318-632-2020 or Please have a current resume and a short personal biography ready.

LSEM Interns, Lea Hair and Chloe Snow are featured on the Instagram page of  journalist Margaret Martin prior to the opening of the exhibit 50 years of Journalism: Maggie Martin and the Shreveport Times.

Working and building a relationship with LSEM’s Curator Ms. Nita Cole was my favorite part of this internship. She helped me tremendously when it came to learning how things work and the process of building an exhibit. You start off with building an excel sheet of all your objects, picking what you think might interest people, setting everything up, to writing text panels. All of these things involve dedication and hard work.

With this being my first internship, I had the opportunity to learn a lot when it came to the curatorial and the educational side of producing exhibits. While I never expected it to be easy, there was more time and research spent on these projects than I expected. I also learned the importance of bringing people to the museum. From permanent collections to rotating exhibits, you have to keep your audience coming back.

Chloe Snow
LSEM Intern, Spring 2015
Art History Major, Centenary College of Louisiana