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

Current openings

Indigenous Internship Program (Application Deadline: August 7, 2020)

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

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 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.

Two awards are offered each year to accompany the internships (one award per placement): The John H. A. Grant Memorial Award which provides a bursary of up to $2000 per placement; and the Judith Eyrl Internship Award which provides a bursary of $5000.

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

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 with a demonstrated interest in cultural heritage management.

Wages: Interns will receive an hourly wage of $21.50/hour. Travel costs to MOA (return) will also be provided.

Application Deadline: August 7, 2020 (for internships from October 5 – November 27, 2020).

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter outlining why you wish to be in the program and what you hope to learn, along with two references to

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.
  • All interns’ two-week placements at partner organizations are postponed until they can safely take place. This will likely be in Spring/Summer 2021.
  • Priority will be given to applicants from the Greater Vancouver area for this intake. This will reduce significant risk to interns by eliminating their need to travel to Vancouver and secure short-term accommodation in the city.
  • Interns will receive confirmation on or before Sept. 18 that their internship will start on October 5.

Read more about this program and our first group of interns in this blog post by Sarah E. Holland, Indigenous Internship Program Lead.