MOA’s Collections Management department accepts applications for one summer placement. The practicum is unpaid and restricted to Canadian students who are currently enrolled in a college or university museum studies training program requiring a practicum placement as part of their curriculum. Applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in collections management as opposed to curatorial work.
Actual start and end dates are somewhat flexible, as we recognize that different programs have varying requirements. Normally we expect a 12 week (35 hours per week) commitment from May to early August, but this can be altered, if necessary.
In addition to being a Canadian student enrolled in an applicable program, individuals must have a basic understanding of collections management practices, an excellent ability to spell and write in English, the ability to assist with lifting/moving large objects and must be able to climb ladders.
Application deadline: March 1.
See how to apply below.
Learn to create accession records on objects from world-wide ethnographic collections, by following guidelines and using established lexicons. Learn to enter the accession information into the Museum’s collection software program.
Assist in all aspects of integrated pest management, including inspecting exhibit areas and freezing new acquisitions.
Learn to apply permanent numbers to incoming acquisitions (following established museum conservation procedures) for both organic and inorganic objects.
Assist photographer with the handling of objects for digital photography.
Assist in the installation and de-installation of objects from storage or display and assign and track new locations.
Learn to conduct inventory checks.
Learn to perform gallery checks and object cleaning in the public exhibit areas.
Learn to construct simple storage mounts.
Learn to write condition reports for loan objects.