Friends of the U of A Museums 25th Anniversary Student Internship in Museum Innovation

UofA Museums Internship Student 2017  Public Art Cleaning Intern 2017

Read about the adventures of our 2017 summer intern

The University of Alberta Museums is pleased to offer a summer internship opportunity, funded annually by the Friends of the U of A Museums, to be awarded to a student currently enrolled at the senior undergraduate level at the University of Alberta.

The successful applicant will undertake a summer internship, up to four months in length, with Museums and Collections Services (MACS) gaining a diverse experience in museum practice in a research intensive, object-based learning environment. The student will also undertake one or more projects in one of the following areas of museology/museum innovation:

  • Curation: collections-based research resulting in new knowledge (e.g., researching objects; research for exhibition projects, writing didactic and interpretive materials).
  • Exhibitions/Design: exhibition planning, design, installation and considerations for the presentation, care, interpretation of museum objects.
  • Conservation: preventive projects including mount-making, artifact preparation.
  • Information/Collections Management: database projects, on-line access and digitization, collections management processes related to cultural property certification, registration, inventory, deaccessioning.
  • Research: exploring ideas/theories related to museum innovation and the future of museums; their role in the world.
  • Community Engagement: formal/informal approaches to learning and engagement which are of benefit to the community. Opportunities include: public programs, contributing content for the web/social media, event planning and implementation.

Who can Apply?

We are looking for a creative thinker who is passionate about working in the museum field in the future and who will bring an innovative approach to the internship. To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • Students who are currently registered in a University of Alberta undergraduate program in a collections-based discipline, with an interest in object-based learning.
  • Students who have completed at least three years (minimum *80 credits) towards an undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta prior to starting the internship.
  • Students who have completed *120 credits within the past academic year are also eligible.
  • Students who are in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 3.0 in the most recent academic year (most recent *30 credits).
  • Students who are legally permitted to work in Canada.
  • Students who have demonstrated an interest in museums through volunteer or work experience.

How to Apply

Information sessions about the internship program and how to apply will be held Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 5:15 pm and Tuesday, February 13, at 12:00 pm in Ring House #1. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. To register for this session, please RSVP online.

Applications must include the following:

  • a completed Friends of the U of A Museums Summer Internship in Museum Innovation application form
  • a curriculum vitae
  • an up-to-date University of Alberta transcript (can be unofficial)
  • a maximum two-page (750 word) statement of interest that identifies a specific area of interest in museology/museum innovation and demonstrates:
    • the applicant's passion and interest in a museum career, outlining relevant museum-related work and/or volunteer experience;
    • the applicant's academic or professional area of interest; and
    • how completion of the internship would support the applicant's professional goals.
  • two letters of support that addresses:
    • nature and specifics of the referee's relationship to the applicant;
    • overview of the applicant's education and/or professional experience;
    • referee’s assessment of the applicant's prospects for success in the internship program;
    • referee’s assessment of the applicants interest and suitability for a museum/ museology related professional career; and
    • academic and/or professional accomplishments with which the referee is familiar.


Application deadline is midnight Monday, February 26, 2018.

Submit completed application to:

Museums and Collections Services
Attention: Christina Marocco - Administrative Team Lead
Ring House #1 University of Alberta
Phone: (780) 492.5818
Fax: (780) 492.6185

Or you may apply through the U of A's Career Centre (CAPS).

If you have any questions concerning the internship, please contact Frannie Blondheim, Associate Director at (780) 492.2642.

  • Applications will be adjudicated in accordance with University of Alberta human resource protocols by March 30, 2018.
  • The internship is offered annually between May and August and will begin and conclude at mutually agreeable dates negotiated between the successful applicant and Museums and Collections Services. Interns will be employed by Museums and Collections Services. 
  • Remuneration: $18.07/hour (+4% vacation and +3.46% statutory holiday pay). The internship is funded annually through a donation from the Friends of the University of Alberta Museums.

About the U of A Museums

The University of Alberta Museums is a unique distributed network of 29 diverse museum collections. With numbers of objects totalling in the millions, the collections are a rich resource used daily to fuel discovery and advance knowledge through teaching, research, and community engagement. Museums and Collections Services (MACS) is a central unit that facilitates and coordinates the University's innovative museum model and is the source of professional museum information, services, programs and expertise. MACS administers a campus-wide museums and collections policy under UAPPOL, acts as a liaison between the collections on campus and the broader community, and provides advisory services and training in a range of museum practice.

About the Friends of the U of A Museums

The Student Internship in Museum Innovation was established to commemorate the Friends of the University of Alberta Museums 25th Anniversary in 2009, to provide support to University of Alberta students who wish to pursue careers in museum study, practice, research or innovation, and to provide an opportunity for student scholarship related to museology and object-based learning.