The Indigenous Student Museum Internship (ISMI) program, a 16-week paid internship for First Nations, Métis and Inuit post-secondary students.
FRAMS administers the ISMI – 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 from archeology to zoology to gain valuable hands-on experience in a museum setting.
For more than 20 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.
Since the program’s inception in 1998, 47 Indigenous post-secondary students have worked in numerous curatorial programs at the Royal Alberta Museum on projects related to their fields of study.