Secondary Placements

We are committed to inspiring creativity and curiosity through placement programs at the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory that enhance students’ educational experiences.

Our Secondary Student Placement Program provides a snapshot into the world of museums and cultural institutions. It gives high-school students a taste of an industry that they might one day be part of.

This program can be used as part of a secondary student’s work experience requirement in Year 10, 11 and 12.

What will I learn through a student placement with the Museum of Applied Arts and Science?

The program gives insight into the operational aspects of a cultural institution, including museum practices, entertainment, education programs and visitor services. Here you will support the delivery of public programs at the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory, working alongside staff and volunteers.

Application Process Overview and Important Dates 2018

Students must apply online, those who are selected for interview will participate in a short telephone interview and successful applicants will be notified by email.

Secondary placements are only offered in the following weeks. Please note placements are limited.

Autumn Holidays
16 – 20 April
23 – 27 April

Term 2
14 – 18 May
11 June – 15 June

Winter Holidays
9 – 13 July
16 – 20 July

Term 3
6 – 10 August
3 – 7 September

Spring Holidays
1 – 5 October
8 – 12 October

Term 4
29 October – 2 November
26 –30 November

Application Deadlines

Term 2 & Autumn holiday placements Term 3 & Winter holiday placements Term 4 & Spring holiday placements
Applications open 1 February and close 1 March 2018 Applications open 1 May and close 1 June 2018 Applications open 1 August and close 1 September 2018

Please do take note of application opening and closing dates.
Successful applicants will be notified within 2 weeks of the closing date

Online Application Links

Students must complete the relevant online application form:

Autumn Application Form


Winter Application Form


Spring Application Form

Application Process – For Students

Youth Holiday Placements

Students in Year 10, 11 and 12 who are unable to do work experience during the term time dates offered, can apply to do a placement during the school holidays. Insurance will be provided by the Museum.

Work Experience Placements

Your school will need to approve the work experience placement. Please direct all communication and enquiries through your school’s careers adviser.

Applications meeting all necessary requirements will be processed and we will endeavour to respond promptly. Please note receipt of an application does not automatically confirm a work experience placement.

Our Student Placement Coordinator will determine successful student placements in a fair and equitable manner. Both you and your school’s careers adviser will be notified by email. All additional paperwork must be submitted through your school’s careers adviser.

Application Process – For Careers Advisers

Once applications have been received and processed we will contact both the successful and unsuccessful applicants. Please retain the confirmation letter for your records.

A signed and dated version of Section 3 – Host Employer Statement in The Department of Education’s Student Placement Record will be generated for the successful applicant and forwarded to the student’s careers adviser by email.