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The Museum of Anthropology offers internships and practicum opportunities in collections, conservation, programming and education.

Collections Practicum

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 its 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 but we normally expect a 10 – 12 week (35 hours per week) commitment, from May – August.


  • 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 and the ability to climb ladders, assist with dusting objects and with lifting or moving large objects.
  • The student will learn basic collections duties that apply to the day-to-day activities and processes involved in managing MOA’s object collections. These normally include pest management, accessioning, object numbering, inventory, gallery maintenance, object installation and photography assistance.

Application Deadline: March 1

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter outlining your career goals and program requirements to objects@moa.ubc.ca.

Conservation Internships

MOA’s Conservation department accepts applications for conservation interns for two annual internship periods: summer (May – August) and fall (September – December). Internships are accompanied by a small award and are open to students who are enrolled in a conservation training program and who require an internship placement as part of their graduating requirements. Actual start dates and duration of internships are flexible in order to accommodate different program requirements.

Successful applicants are eligible for the The John H. A. Grant Memorial Award which provides a bursary of $2000 per placement.

To apply please send your resume and a cover letter describing your career goals, areas of interest and an outline of your program requirements to Heidi.Swierenga@ubc.ca.