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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 the Andrew W. 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 and cultural resource management or Indigenous people who would like to do this kind of work.

The internships are flexible in terms of focus and 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 be provided. Travel (return) and accommodation costs for community placements will also be provided.


Spring 2022 Internship Program

May 16 – July 22, 2022
Application Deadline: March 27, 2022

How to apply:

Indigenous people from North America are eligible to apply. To establish your eligibility, please include your First Nation or Indigenous community affiliation in your cover letter.

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. MOA is unable to sponsor work permit applications.

Your application should include:
• Resume
• Cover letter
• Email and telephone contact information for two references (Ideally, your references will include a past supervisor who knows your work well and someone who knows your contributions to your home community. References will be checked as part of the application process.)

In your cover letter, please share why you wish to be in the program, what you hope to learn, and how this internship will help you achieve your goals. Please also describe how your work, study and/or community experiences reflect your interest in cultural resource management. If you have a sense of which of these five areas you would like to focus on for your training, please describe this in your letter (Collections Management, Conservation, Library and Archives, Oral History Language Laboratory, and Curatorial work.)

The program is usually completed on a full-time, Monday to Friday schedule. It is not possible to complete the program if you have other full-time work or study commitments. However, the program can offer some flexibility. If you would like to attend with an alternative schedule due to family or community commitments, please describe this in your cover letter.

Housing on the UBC campus will be available to rent for this internship period. Please indicate if you would like to access accommodation on campus in your application.

Please send your application documents to:
Sarah E. Holland: sarahelizabeth.holland@ubc.ca

Successful applicants will be notified by email by April 15, 2022.

If you have any questions about the internship program or the application, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah.

Precautions Related to COVID-19

• UBC requires COVID-19 rapid testing for all students, faculty and staff, with exemptions provided for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Find out more about the required COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program.

• This program will follow all recommendations from the UBC Restart Plan and Provincial Health Authority. Read more about UBC’s Campus Return Plan.

• The two-week internship placements at partner organizations may be postponed until they can safely take place.