Want to do your Collections practicum at MOA?

Learn the processes involved in managing MOA’s object collections

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.

Experience Requirements:

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 basic collections management duties required to assist in the day to day activities and processes involved in managing MOA’s object collections.

Accession Records

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.

Pest Management

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.

Gallery Checks

Learn to perform gallery checks and object cleaning in the public exhibit areas.


Learn to construct simple storage mounts.

Condition Reports

Learn to write condition reports for loan objects.

Ready to apply? Submit a CV and cover letter describing your career goals, area of interest and an outline of your program requirements to objects@moa.ubc.ca