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Volunteer at Auckland Museum

Internships

Auckland Museum offers a strictly limited number of internships at any one time.

We recognise the importance of internships in enabling students to gain valuable workplace experience and develop industry-specific abilities in a chosen area. Our interns bring diversity and up-to-date knowledge that can be useful to our organisation, and we take our role of providing supervision and mentoring very seriously.

Auckland Museum’s internships are normally project-based in a particular section of the Museum, allowing students to gain an in-depth understanding of the practical application of their field of study. Specific project outcomes and tasks will be negotiated with the internship supervisor. Interns may work in areas such as exhibition content development and interpretation, collection cataloguing, natural sciences or human history research, among others.

These internships are normally unpaid and are available to students undertaking or who have recently completed relevant post-graduate university courses. Potential applicants should be aware that any required accommodation and/or travel costs should be funded by the student, and students from overseas universities need to arrange their own visas. Specific project outcomes and tasks will be negotiated with the internship supervisor.

Internships at Auckland Museum may run from one month to six months, for any number of days per week, depending on the needs of the project and those of the student’s educational institution and assessment requirements. While interns will gain insights into the wider operations of the institution during their time at the museum, internships are not considered to be “work experience”.

Find out more

For general inquiries about Auckland Museum’s internship programme, please contact:

Manager, Volunteer Services
Ros Currie

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Current internship opportunities

We have no internships available at present.

Internship stories

Paige

My internship with the Digital Content team at Auckland Museum between August and October 2016 was an invaluable experience. Interning at the Museum provided me with the opportunity to apply what I had learnt during my Bachelor of Communication studies at AUT to the work I was involved with at the Museum.

Working within the Digital Content team, I contributed to creating social media content, as well as writing, editing and uploading content to the website. These aspects of my internship assisted in strengthening my communication skills, while also gaining industry experience.

What I enjoyed most about my internship was having the opportunity to work alongside a number of people within the museum. Everyone was willing to share their knowledge, while also providing me with an insight into their role at the Museum. I am very grateful for being able to work under the guidance of Holly, who helped to ensure I gained the most out of my internship experience.

I very much appreciate having the opportunity to intern at Auckland Museum and for the skills I gained during my internship. Contributing to the behind the scenes work of the Museum will be an experience which will no doubt benefit me in my future career endeavours. 

"It was awesome to have Paige join the team and to introduce her to the Museum environment. Working with colleagues from Collections and Research, Paige helped share stories about the collection on our website and social media channels - from orbicular granites and mystery meteorites to jewellery. It's also fantastic having a new perspective - Paige asked great questions that helped us reflect on our own practice."

Holly - Paige's supervisor at Auckland Museum

Esther

Esther Tobin.My internship with the Exhibitions team at Auckland Museum, in partnership with AUT from June-October 2013, has been highly successful. The internship's goal, "to generate a mutually beneficial body of work in accordance with my studies (Masters of Art's Management) and Auckland Museum's strategic plan, Future Museum," has undoubtedly been achieved.

Personally it's been a time of rich learning and up-skilling through my contribution to the  development of the exhibition Decade of Days: Robin Morrison. A key factor in this internships success has been the receptiveness of the team to my placement. I feel genuinely privileged to have worked under the guidance of Lucy and all other team members who actively took the time to share their knowledge with me.

The internship timeframe (over 3 months) provided me with opportunities to grasp the overarching strategic objectives that inform exhibition development, and the processes and specific tasks to bring them to fruition. I'm grateful for what has been an exciting internship with significant learning outcomes. I feel this internship has provided me with invaluable experience that will directly support my career development into the future.

"Internships are a great learning experience for all involved. Esther benefited from gaining practical experience in developing and delivering exhibitions; experience which helped her hone in on what she wanted to do career-wise. Meanwhile the museum benefited from the enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and wide range of skills that Esther bought to the team. This combined with Esther’s discipline and dedication to completing her internship as part of her masters placement made it win-win for all involved."

Lucy - Esther's supervisor at Auckland Museum