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Indigenous Student Museum Internship

The Indigenous Student Museum Internship (ISMI) program is a 16-week paid internship for First Nations, Métis and Inuit post-secondary students.

About the Indigenous Student Museum Internship Program:

FRAMS is the proud to sponsor and administer the Indigenous Student Museum Internship (ISMI) program, a 16-week paid internship for First Nations, Métis and Inuit post-secondary students. Interns work in their areas of study in the fields of cultural and natural heritage to gain valuable hands-on experience in a museum setting. Since the program’s inception in 1998, nearly 60 Indigenous post-secondary students have worked in numerous areas at the Royal Alberta Museum.

For nearly 25 years, this highly successful program has operated as a partnership between the Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society and the Royal Alberta Museum.

ISMI has created new links between the museum and First Nations communities, and has enabled the museum to implement one of the key recommendations made by the landmark Task Force Report on Museums and First Peoples issued by the Assembly of First Nations and the Canadian Museums Association. The report identified the training of First Nations peoples “in all phases of museology” as a matter of critical importance.

The sixteen weeks of intensive work in the Royal Alberta Museum can have a tangible, and profound, effect on a students life and career:

If you’re interested in working in a museum, you’re going to get so much out of the ISMI program. The environment is one where questions and discussions are encouraged. It’s a good learning experience that I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else.

Maria (ISMI 2020)

Working at the museum in the Indigenous Studies department has connected me with my upbringing, to traditional teachings and knowledge of Indigenous crafts. I came away from the program with a better sense of direction about what I want to do and with more confidence.

Skye (ISMI 2019 & 2020)

The application period for Summer 2022 is now closed. Stay tuned for our next application period in early 2023.

For more details about the program, read our ISMI – About the Program.

Contact Jessica Telford, FRAMS Marketing Coordinator:

This unique opportunity for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students is made possible by Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS) as well as our program sponsors and supporters:

FRAMS thanks Peace Hills Insurance for their four-year funding commitment (beginning in 2021) in support of the ISMI program. 

FRAMS is thankful to the Royal Alberta Museum for supporting this program since its inception in 1998.