University of Alberta Museums Summer Internship

U of A, Museums and Collections Services

Posted 10-Jan-2018

Application Deadline


Position Start Date


Position End Date




Minimum Education Required

Some Post-Secondary

Area(s) of Study

  • Culture, Information, Recreation and Tourism
    • Classical Studies
    • Clothing and Textiles
    • Cultural and Managerial Studies of Sports and Leisure
    • Native Studies
  • Education
    • Combined (Drama, Human Ecology, Music, Native Studies, Physical Education, Science)
  • Fine Arts
    • Art
    • Art History
    • Design
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Anthropology
    • Classics
    • Human Ecology
    • Native Studies
  • Science and Technology
    • Biological Sciences
    • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Duration and Term

  • Summer -- Full Time


$18.07/hour (+4% vacation pay and +3.46% stat holiday pay)

Job Status


Job Description

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 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.


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. 


  • University of Alberta Museums

Additional Information

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 interestthat 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.
  • 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. 

 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.

Application Requirements

  • Please include a covering letter.
  • Please submit a resume.
  • Please include a transcript.
  • Friends of the U of A Museums Summer Internship in Museum Innovation application form ( & Statement of Interest & two Letters of Support

Application Instructions

You may apply for this position through any of the means below.

  • E-mail your application package to:
  • Upload your application at the U of A Career Centre

Contact Information

Christina Marocco
Ring House #1
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1
780 492-5818