Thank you to FBL Financial and Farm Bureau Financial Services for their support of our Internship Programs in 2018.

Living History Farms is accepting applications for a variety of paid and unpaid intern positions!

Living History Farms internsPaid Internships

Living History Farms offers a 90-day summer internship program for students who have completed their sophomore year. Interns earn a temporary worker hourly wage and receive six hours of tuition-free history credit, and valuable work experience – plus Living History Farms pays all tuition costs. Credit is provided through Graceland University and students can transfer credit hours to their own program.

Applications for paid internships will be accepted beginning in January 2019.

Day Camp Counselor

2018 Day Camp Counselor Internship Description

Historic Interpreter

2018 Historic Interpreter Internship Description

General Information

• Students must pay to have a copy of the transcript of the credit transferred to their individual college or university. The credit is provided through Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. Housing is not provided.
• All interns begin the program with an intensive orientation and training session. Throughout the internship, interns are required to attend seminars that explore some aspect of public history, museum operations, or related topics. Internship program requirements also include reading and writing assignments, and completion of a special research project related to their work.
• To apply, students must be in their sophomore year or higher. In-person interviews are required.

General qualifications for all paid positions

• Like working with the public and/or children of all ages
• Excellent communication skills
• Willingness to learn, and a “can do” attitude
• Ability to work independently
• Creative, with analytical and problem-solving skills


To apply, please submit the Living History Farms Paid Internship Application Form, and cover letter stating the reason(s) for your interest in the program to:

Living History Farms
2600 – 111th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322
Please contact Dan Jones, Intern Program Coordinator, at 515-278-5286 ext. 157, or via email at


Living History Farms Staff
Volunteer Internships


Open to sophomores and above

Delve into the world of fundraising, as you learn what it takes to build community support for a non-profit organization. Through a project-based approach, interns will learn what it takes to apply for grants, work with donors, and track projects from start to finish within the context of a strategic plan.
Majors: business, marketing, journalism, management, business, English, history, or to anyone interested in working in a non-profit environment.


Open to freshmen and above

• Anyone can learn.
• Learning is fun and active!
• You never stop learning.

These basic tenets form the foundation of the educational programming offered by Living History Farms. Taking a project-based approach, you will learn how museums develop, implement, conduct, and evaluate educational programming for students of all ages.

Majors: elementary education, secondary education, early childhood education, or similar interest/major

Museum/Non-Profit Management

Open to juniors and seniors

Intrigued by what it takes to manage a non-profit organization?  This intern will assist the President of Living History Farms and other department administrators with a multitude of projects.
Majors: management, business administration, finance, history, or similar interest/major

Period Clothing Construction and Interpretation

Open to juniors and seniors 

 – This will appeal in particular to those who want more experience with clothing design and production in a museum or theatre setting. Living History Farms provides period-appropriate clothing to its staff that work at the historic sites. This intern will work on  helping to construct clothing from period patterns and  to help maintain stock.  Experience will include historical interpretation and hat construction in the Millinery Shop.
 Specific qualifications: excellence in basic sewing skills
Majors: theatre, family and consumer science

General Information

• Schedule can be negotiated, but generally hours will occur when the Living History Farms offices are open, Monday – Friday, 8:30am– 4:30pm. Occasional nights or weekends may be necessary.
• Positions are open throughout the year, and are available immediately.
• Training will be provided.
• The student is responsible for ensuring that the internship fits into their individual program of study.
• Positions are un-paid.
• Applications for the volunteer internships are being accepted for summer and fall academic terms. There is no deadline to apply, but applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and positions are open until filled.

General qualifications

• Excellent communication skills
• Willingness to learn, and a “can do” attitude
• Ability to work independently
• Experience with standard computer software for a work environment, such as Power Point, Excel, Word, etc.
• Creative, with analytical and problem solving skills
• Enjoys working with the public


Download the Volunteer Internship Application Form

To apply, please submit the volunteer intern application form with cover letter and resume to:

Daniel E. Jones
Intern Program Coordinator
Living History Farms
2600 – 111th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322
515-278-5286 x157

Intern Alumni

Are you a former Living History Farms intern? If so, you understand the value of the learning opportunities offered through our internship program. We’d love to hear your story. What was the most important thing you learned during your summer at LHF? How did your LHF internship prepare you for the work that you do today? Please take a moment to share your experience through the testimonial form linked below.

Intern Alumni Testimonials