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Indigenous Internship Program

This new internship program has been developed by six Indigenous partners: the Musqueam Indian Band, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, the Haida Gwaii Museum, the U’mista Cultural Society, the Nlaka’pamux Nation, the Coqualeetza Cultural Society, and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Funding is provided by Heritage Canada Museums Assistance Program and Mellon Foundation.

The first internship cohort, left to right: Shoshannah Greene (Haida), Melvina Mack (Nuxalk) and Trevor Isaac (Kwakwaka’wakw), meet with belongings in MOA’s collections. Photo by Sarah E. Holland.

This program provides training opportunities for Indigenous people working in museums or Indigenous people who would like to do this kind of work.

The internships are flexible in terms of schedule and focus. Training will be customized to individuals to support their current or future work goals.

Areas of study include: Collections Management, Conservation, Library and Archives, Oral History Language Laboratory, and Curatorial work.

There will be two annual calls for applicants: Spring and Fall. Placements are 10 weeks, 35 hours per week but may be adjusted to part-time, over a longer duration in order to meet family or community needs.

Location: At the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, in Vancouver, for eight weeks with a two-week placement at one of the six Indigenous partner organizations.

Who can apply? Indigenous community members from North America with a demonstrated interest in cultural heritage management.

Wages: Interns will receive an hourly wage of $22/hour. Travel costs to MOA (return) will also be provided.

Fall 2021 Internship Program

October 4 – November 26, 2021

Application Deadline: July 25, 2021

How to apply: Indigenous people from North America are eligible to apply. Please email your resume, contact information for two references, and a cover letter outlining why you wish to be in the program and what you hope to learn, along with your plan for securing safe housing in Vancouver to Sarah E. Holland: sarahelizabeth.holland@ubc.ca

Precautions Related to COVID-19:

  • Health and safety are our first priority and we will not hold the program unless it is safe to do so. If the program cannot safely take place, it will be rescheduled. This program will follow all recommendations from the UBC Restart Plan and Provincial Health Authority. Read more about UBC’s Return to Campus Plan.
  • The two-week internship placements at partner organizations may be postponed until they can safely take place.
  • Interns will receive confirmation on or before September 17, 2021 if their internship will proceed starting on October 4.


If you have any questions about the Indigenous Internship Program please contact Sarah E. Holland: sarahelizabeth.holland@ubc.ca.