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Internships

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.

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 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 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 Heidi.Swierenga@ubc.ca.

Indigenous Internship Program

The Indigenous Internship Program is a new internship opportunity at MOA in the areas of: Collections Management, Conservation, Library and Archives, Oral History Language Laboratory and Curatorial. There will be two annual calls for applicants: spring and fall. Placements are equivalent to 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 in Vancouver for eight weeks with a two-week placement at one of the co-developing Nations.

Who should 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: December 10, 2019 (for internships beginning February 3, 2020)

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter outlining why you wish to be in the program, what you hope to learn and your career goals, and two references to Heidi.Swierenga@ubc.ca.