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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.

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2021!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 11:59PM MST

Program Duration: up to 16 weeks of full-time employment, beginning late May 2021.
Based upon their academic schedule, the successful candidates will have the option to finish the internship at approximately 12 weeks at the end of August or continue into the fall on a full-time or part-time basis for the final 4 weeks.

About the Indigenous Student Museum Internship Program:

Interested in developing valuable skills (and earning more than $11,000) by working in one of Canada’s best museums? The Indigenous Student Museum Internship (ISMI) program may be for you.

Offered by the Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society, the internship invites First Nations, Inuit and Métis post secondary students to spend a summer exploring a field that inspires them at the Royal Alberta Museum.

Whether it is archaeology or botany, communications or conservation, education, geology, Indigenous studies, invertebrate zoology, mammalogy, ornithology, palaeontology, or history—there is a field for you.

If you’re enrolled in a college or university program, identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis, and have related academic interests, this may be the right opportunity for you.

The sixteen weeks of intensive work in the Royal Alberta Museum can have a tangible, and profound, effect on your 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)

You’re eligible to apply if:

  • you identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis
  • are currently enrolled in a college or university level program, e.g., certificate, diploma, undergraduate, or graduate program and you will be returning to your studies in fall 2021 or you are currently completing your final year
  • and have related academic interests to the Royal Alberta Museum

In addition to completing the application form, also email with:

  • a cover letter outlining your field of study and why you would like a museum learning experience (up to 500 words)
  • a recent academic transcript
  • your resume

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

Please contact Jessica Telford, FRAMS Marketing Coordinator

This unique opportunity for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students is sponsored by Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS). FRAMS is thankful to the Royal Alberta Museum for the support of this program over the past 20+ years.