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.
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
Submit a PDF or Word document via email to firstname.lastname@example.org including the following information:
- The area(s) at MAAS that interest you, your academic interests and skills
- A short essay explaining why you want to be an intern at MAAS.
- An unofficial transcript and a résumé (including references) describing your past work and internship experience.
Depending on the area(s) you select, you may be asked to submit a short writing sample.
A selection committee composed of staff from relevant departments will review all applications.
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.
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.
Applications for 2017 have now closed
MAAS Department Descriptions
Production is one of three teams reporting to the Director, Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions and encompasses Exhibitions, Editorial and Production Services. The Production team is responsible for the managing the overall exhibition program including forward programming, exhibition development, production and installation, design and editorial inclusive of internally developed exhibitions and displays, touring exhibitions, major installations, visible collection storage, permanent galleries, events and experiential projects.
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.
Digital & Media
The Digital & Media Team is responsible for the production, support and delivery of technology-based on-site, off-site and online program and projects. This team comprises three units: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Digital Media Production and Media Technologies.
ICT provides key infrastructure systems that support the Museum’s program and business needs. The Digital Studio unit combines the skills of online, photography and video production to digitise and document collections, create interactive and educational content projects, working closely with teams across Programming, Exhibitions, Strategic Collections and Marketing. This unit develops and manages the Museum’s online and digital services including web and mobile development, content strategy and online engagement. The Media Technologies unit provides digital, electronic, audio and visual implementation, operations, maintenance and support to ensure that our on-site experiences (venues, exhibition technologies, interactive elements and public areas) across all sites are of the highest standard.
Conservation & Material Sciences
The Conservation unit is responsible for the continual care and conservation management of the collection according to standards appropriate to Australian conditions and in accordance with legislative obligations, strategies and accepted National Standards. The unit has major responsibility for ensuring the preservation, maintenance, conservation, storage and protection of the collection through the following programs – preventive conservation; conservation treatment, storing collections, display and use, moving collections, research and outreach. The Conservation Unit facilitates the highest standards of collection and conservation care through their understanding of the chemical and physical properties of materials, their methods of manufacture and the deterioration processes that affect these materials. Conservation develops policy outlining the high-level principles and guidelines that the Museum follows to achieve its aim of caring for and protecting its collections at all times.
Events, Commercial and Membership
The Commercial team delivers commercial and business activity in support of the museum’s vision and strategic ambitions. The team provides key leadership to drive optimisation of revenues across both commercial activities and cultural programming. The team is responsible for delivering excellence in customer service in a broad range of front-of-house operations across MAAS sites including venue management, ticketing & booking, gallery invigilation, visitor and event safety, customer service for public programs as well as supporting the operational delivery of public and private events.
The Development team plans and supports the fundraising efforts of the Museum across philanthropic giving, MAAS Foundation, sponsorship, and grants. The unit is responsible for external relationships and development activities. The Development team ensures the Museum achieves fundraising targets and stakeholder support.
Human Resources/Learning & Development
The HR Team is responsible for delivering a wide range of services including workforce planning, recruitment & selection/talent sourcing, workplace relations, change management, coaching and performance management, capability development, learning & development, employee services and Workplace Health & Safety.