MAAS Tertiary Internships

Since 1988, the Museum of Applied Arts and Science has provided instruction and inspiration to hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students as well as others seeking self-enrichment. Former Interns have achieved success in professional positions in the cultural, arts and museum sectors. The relationship between the institution and the student is mutually beneficial; with guidance from museum professionals, Interns gain practical experience by working on projects and programs while the Museum benefits from their contribution.

We offer a limited number of unpaid internships at MAAS for current students and recent graduates during the academic year. These internships provide for the development of professional skills in a variety of fields and learning about museum practice. Please note applicants must be current students.

In addition to focused learning through projects in various areas, students join a community of interns, volunteers and staff. All MAAS interns have opportunities to attend gallery programs, presentations by staff, and behind-the-scenes visits.

How to Apply

  • Follow the link below to an online application, making sure to nominate a preferred department in which to undertake the internship. Students wishing to apply for one of our internships must meet ALL of the following criteria:
    • You must be currently enrolled in a relevant course at a recognised Australian tertiary educational institution.
    • Your educational institution must provide endorsement for you to undertake the internship and provide insurance cover.
  • Applicants should note that preference will be given to students enrolled in educational institutions in NSW. At this time, we are not able to accept internship applications from students enrolled at institutions outside Australia.

A selection committee composed of staff from relevant departments will review all applications.

Applications for MAAS Internships 2019 have now closed.

Role Description

After being interviewed and accepted into the Museum’s internship program, Interns will meet with their supervisor to come up with a work schedule for the semester. Each internship will include a mix of specific projects and departmental work with interns encouraged to participate in the design of their projects. Internships are unpaid.

Equal Opportunity

The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences welcomes applications from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with a disability.  If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in the selection process and join the Museum, please indicate this in your application.

Important Dates

Applications close 30 April 2019

Interviews will be scheduled for mid-May 2019

In 2019 the Museum will offer two internship intakes:

Session 1 – June to August
Session 2 – September to November

MAAS Department Descriptions

Programs and Engagement

The Programs team delivers creative, cultural and educational experiences for all age ranges that encourage engagement with the applied arts and sciences and foster the development of future talent. The team also works to integrate and facilitate public and festival programming, exhibitions, online activity, and collections access to a wide range of interested community, industry, and educational players locally, regionally and globally.

Public Programs is responsible for the design, management, implementation and evaluation of a wide variety of experiences for MAAS visitors. The programs are often closely tied to the changing exhibition schedule and the permanent collection. The Education & Digital Learning Unit provides onsite and online programs and products that support life-long learning. The unit develops and delivers programming across workshops, tours, events, talks and master classes, as well as hands-on-making and digital programs. While a key focus is primary and secondary education audiences, the team also provides innovative and creative learning opportunities for school holidays, after school, tertiary and adult learning audiences.


The Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions Department, encompassing Curatorial, Strategic Collections and Production works cooperatively to develop, manage and conserve the Museum’s rich, varied and comprehensive collection of approximately 500,000 objects. The Department conducts research, develops, sources, delivers, interprets and maintains long-term and temporary exhibitions and provides content to the Museum’s ambitious and multi-faceted programs and experiences. The Department initiates and proactively explores ways to expand and disseminate knowledge about the collection. The Curatorial team is primarily responsible for curatorial programs and projects covering collection development, research, and interpretation.


The Registration unit manages the Museum’s collection and collection-based information according to professional museum standards and NSW regulatory requirements. This includes documentation, processing, access, inward and outward loans, storage, movement and transport of objects and maintaining related records. The unit has a major responsibility for coordinating all audit, valuation, insurance, collection copyright, and legal matters relating to the collection and participates in exhibition development including planning, preparation, installation and dismantling. Registration also manages the Museum’s archives both institutional and acquired, servicing internal and external access and managing the archives management database.


The Communications unit is responsible for driving the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ brand and positioning; reputation management and publicity; marketing core product and special exhibitions to achieve visitation targets; the membership program, and researching audiences and evaluating product. The Communications intern will have hands-on opportunities to learn about all channels of museum marketing, and will professionally and effectively learn how MAAS’ marketing projects are managed. The intern will examine and comprehend the coordination of key marketing projects including advertising, outreach and community relations, online marketing, copywriting, and execution of other marketing initiatives.


The Governance team offer a corporate perspective of the museum and the intern’s responsibilities will be broad. The areas where the intern will gain experience include supporting the policy and review program through research and review of policies, and learning about records and information management including gaining experience in using CM9. It also involves providing support to upcoming internal Governance projects aligned with our business plan (research, administrative support, participating in collaboration with other teams). There is scope to be involved in work that crosses to collections areas of the Museum and through the internship we would propose general exposure to those areas. This will be gained through information sessions, tours and one-on-one discussions with the Governance Manager and Head of Governance, Planning and Reporting so that the applicant gains an understanding of museum functions beyond Governance.


The Governance Planning and Reporting team provides MAAS with advice in relation to records management, contracts and procurement, risk management, policies and legal advice. The intern will support the Records Unit in planning and completing the digitisation of conservation records relating to objects in the Museum’s collection, and to assist in processing relevant records into the records management system, Content Manager 9 (CM9). The student will gain an understanding of all aspects of records management, in particular training in CM9, digitising records, entering records into CM9 and exposure to records management elements such as disposal and retention schedules. The intern will also gain experience working as part of a team in a supportive and dynamic environment.

Editorial and Publishing

The Editorial Department is responsible for overseeing all text across the Museum, working collaboratively with several diverse departments to ensure clarity, consistency and standard of published work. In addition to editing labels for exhibitions, the department also publishes a quarterly magazine, quarterly Map+Guide, and a number of books to accompany exhibitions. The Editorial intern will gain practical experience in editing, proofreading, copywriting, and sourcing and using images across the Museum’s publications. The intern will also learn about constructing a ‘voice’ for the Museum, evaluating and editing text for readability, and how to create a consistent style and tone across the Museum’s published work.